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HMO701 - Advanced Optometric Studies 1

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: 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:

Alissa Maillet and Alex Gentle


HMO305 and HMO306



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

2 x 2 hours problem-based learning seminars; 3 x 2 hours of clinical skills practicals; up to 10 hours of supporting classes; 1 x 2 hours team-based learning sessions for 10 weeks of trimester; 1 x 8 hours of transition to clinical practice workshop and up to 66 hours of clinical placements at the ACO, 3 x 4 hours of ophthalmology placements, and 6 hours of paediatric placement across the trimester


If you have not completed the prerequisites HMO305 and HMO306 in the last three months please contact


In this unit students will start to demonstrate their capacity to apply knowledge of the physical and biomedical sciences and the professional and business practices underpinning optometry in the clinical setting. Students will engage in problem-based learning cases drawn from more complex optometric conditions, associated with developmental and refractive disorders of vision, ocular disease and therapy and systemic disorders of vision. Classes, seminars, clinical laboratories and optometry and ophthalmology clinical placements will be offered in support of the problem-based sessions. Students will continue to gain the competencies for optometric practice, defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ), across all aspects of ophthalmic examination and patient management, including: patient examination, diagnosis and management; optometric dispensing and business; and ethics, law and public health. Transition to clinical practice workshops will prepare students for clinical residential placement and highlight topical issues in optometric practice. In this unit, students will examine their first patients under supervision, and gain their first experiences of designing a clinical research project and collecting data.


Assessment task 1: Team-based learning: 10 x individual readiness assurance tests and team readiness assurance tests 15%

Assessment task 2: Research proposal (2000 words) and preliminary data submission 15%

Assessment task 3: Clinical placement and professionalism, supervisor assessment 45%

Assessment task 4: Written examination (2 hours) 25%


Hurdle requirements

  • Satisfactory tutor review of professional behaviour in each professional domain across the trimester, including formative completion of a Professional Competency Form A
  • Ongoing completion of clinical skills practical and clinical placement logbooks
  • Successful completion of all allocated clinical placements

Unit Fee Information

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