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HMO304 - Principles and Practice of Optometry 2

Unit details

Year2015 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:

Tina Huyhn


HMO203 and HMO204



Incompatible with: Nil
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. Two x 5 hours of symposia 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. Students will explore cutting edge knowledge about ocular appliances, pathophysiology and management of disease through symposia delivered by field experts. 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: Six Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) across the trimester (passing 5 out of 6 stations is a hurdle requirement) 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%
Assessment task 5: Successful completion of all rostered clinical placements is a hurdle requirement.
Assessment task 6: Successful completion of a reflective logbook of weekly clinical skills is a hurdle requirement.
Assessment task 7: 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

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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