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HMO204 - Principles and Practice of Optometry 1

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Cohort rule:

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

Unit chair:

Serap Azizoglu


All of HBS107, HBS108, HMO101, HMO102, HMO201, MAA103, SLE111 and
HBS110 or HMO103 and
MMM132 or HMO105 and
SLE211 or HMO104 and
SLE221 or HMO202 and
One of SLE131 or SLE133 or SLE155



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 2 hour clinical skills practicals; and up to 5 hours of supporting classes, seminars, and practicals per week for 10 weeks of trimester. 1 x 8 hour Transition to Clinical Practice workshop and up to 40 hours of clinical placements across the trimester


In this unit students will gain skills in simple history-taking and patient examination. They will also be introduced to other competencies defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) including diagnosis, patient management and recording of clinical data. They will explore legal and ethical issues drawn from the problem-based learning cases presented in HMO203 and gain knowledge and skills in professional practice associated with the cases. Finally they will consider the public and population health implications in identifying and managing the conditions presented in the cases. Transition to clinical practice will introduce students to clinical teaching concepts in preparation for ophthalmic care delivery.


Assessment task 1: 5 x objective structured practical examination stations (OSPREs) across trimester 45% in total with equal weighting, with passing each a hurdle requirement


Assessment task 2: Clinical knowledge examination (1.5 hours) 45%


Assessment task 3: Tutor review of professional behaviour across the Trimester 10%, with passing each professional domain a hurdle requirement


Assessment task 4: Ongoing completion of a reflective clinical logbook is a hurdle requirement


Assessment task 5: Successful completion of all rostered clinical placements is a hurdle requirement.

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