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HMO304 - Principles and Practice of Optometry 2

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: 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:

Heather Connor and Moneisha Gokhale


HMO203 and HMO204



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 2 hours of clinical skills seminars; and up to 5 hours of supporting classes, seminars and practicals per week for 10 weeks of trimester. 1 x 8 hours of transition to clinical practice workshop and up to 3 x 4 days of clinical placements across the trimester


In this unit students will build on the foundations developed in HMO203 and HMO204. They will gain further skills in history-taking and patient examination. They will continue to apply other competencies defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) including diagnosis, patient management and recording of clinical data. They will further explore legal and ethical issues drawn from the problem-based learning cases presented in HMO303 and gain clinical knowledge and skills in professional practice associated with the cases. In addition, students will consider in more depth public and population health implications in identifying and managing the conditions presented in the cases. The cases will be based on developmental and refractive disorders of vision, ocular pathology, and systemic disorders of vision. Transition to clinical practice workshops will prepare students for clinical residential placement and highlight topical issues in optometric practice. Finally, students will be introduced to research methodology in preparation for an extended clinical research project, which will be commenced in later units.


Assessment task 1: 6 x objective structured clinical examination (OSPREs) during trimester 40%
Assessment task 2: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%
Assessment task 3: Clinical case report 10%
Assessment task 4: Tutor review of professional behaviour across the trimester 10%

Hurdle requirements:
Passing 5 out of 6 OSPRE’s in Assessment Task 1
Successful completion of all rostered clinical placements is a hurdle requirement
Successful completion of a reflective logbook of weekly clinical skills is a hurdle requirement
Satisfactory tutor review of professional behaviour across the trimester, in each professionalism domain, is a hurdle requirement.

Prescribed texts

Hrynchak P (editor). Procedures in Clinical Optometry 2013/14. Waterloo, ON: University of Waterloo; 2013

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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