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HMO703 - Community Optometry 1

Unit details


2017 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 3: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)^

Credit point(s):4
EFTSL value:0.500
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry or H710 Master of Optometry

Unit chair:

David Hammond and Craig Woods





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

The equivalent of four days per week (approximately 8 work hours per day) placement, in community settings (approximately 15 weeks, some of which fall outside of the trimester period), plus one day per week (estimated 8 hour day), across 10 within-trimester weeks, undertaking a structured, Cloud (online) delivered program. This online program will involve engaging with specified resources, Cloud (online) interactivity and weekly webinar participation.


^Students enrol at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and undertake clinical placements in metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


In this unit students will undertake clinical placements in community optometry settings in metropolitan, rural and regional Australia for the equivalent of four days per week. Their learning will be supported by access to Cloud-accessible learning materials and an online log-book enabling them to map their clinical development progress. One further day per week will be devoted to completion of a Cloud-delivered learning program, self-directed private study and webinar participation. Students will extend their previous learning of the competencies for optometry practice defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) through application in the community optometry settings. There will be particular attention to assessment and prescribing of pharmacological interventions for common conditions in optometry. The experience gained will enable students to analyse and reflect upon legal and ethical issues; professional, management and business development; and the social, public and population health context of optometry practice.


Assessment task 1: Supervisor's Assessment of Clinical Performance (weekly, ongoing) 10%

Assessment task 2: 2 x case reports (2000 words each) 30%

Assessment task 3: Weekly online case-based assessment 50%

Assessment task 4: Unit chair assessment of students’ professionalism during the clinical residential program 10%


Hurdle requirements

  • Submission of a personal learning plan covering anticipated progression through the clinical residential program (by end of week 3, and reviewed during week 13)
  • Attendance on all scheduled clinical residential placement days
  • Verified completion of on-line log-book entries for each clinical interaction, every day on placement
  • Students are required to submit evidence, in the form of completed patient encounter logs, that they have reflected on, and identified, learning objectives for every clinical experience whilst on placement.

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