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HMO306 - Principles and Practice of Optometry 3

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: 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 and Geoff Sampson


HMO303 and HMO304



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 2 hours clinical skills seminars and up to 5 hours of supporting classes and seminars per week. Up to 80 hours of clinical placements across the trimester. This includes ACO placements, workshops and external observations at optometry and ophthalmology practices.


Students will consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge from previous units, HMO204 and HMO304, on the clinical competencies defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ). This includes patient examination, recording of optometric clinical data, ocular diagnosis and patient management. They will also explore the clinical knowledge, professional practice skills, legal and ethical issues, and population health matters drawn from the problem-based learning cases presented in HMO305. Cases will span the refractive, binocular, developmental, age-related and systemic disorders that affect the eye. Knowledge and skills gained will be applied in clinical placements.


Assessment task 1: Case report (1200 words) 10%
Assessment task 2: Eight station (up to 15 minutes each) Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), conducted across the Trimester (passing 7 out of 8 stations is a hurdle requirement) 50%
Assessment task 3: Examination (2 hours) 30%
Assessment task 4: Tutor evaluation of professional behaviour across the trimester 10%

Successful completion of all rostered clinical placements 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

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

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Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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