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HMO704 - Community Optometry 2

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)^
Trimester 2: 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:

Geoff Sampson and David Hammond





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

The equivalent of four days per week (approx. 8 work hours per day) placement, in community settings (approximately 11 weeks, some of which fall outside of trimester time). Approximately 8 hours per week (the equivalent of 1 day), across 10 within-trimester weeks, undertaking a structured, Cloud-delivered program. This online program will involve engaging with specified resources, consisting of an online curriculum and twice-weekly webinar participation. Approximately 5 days (of 8 hours each, distributed across the two weeks constituting the final week of trimester and the study period) of structured consolidation of learning.


^Students enrol at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and undertake clinical placements in metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria
* Enrolment in Trimester 2 is subject to approval of the Course Director and will only be considered where a student has failed HMO704 in Trimester 1. Please contact for more information.


In this unit students will continue to undertake clinical placements in extended community optometry settings in metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria for the equivalent of four days per week. Their learning will be supported by access to Cloud-accessible learning materials and an online logbook enabling them to map their clinical development progress. One further day per week will be devoted to completion of a Cloud-delivered learning program, self-directed private study and webinar participation. Students will continue to extend their previous learning of the competencies for optometry practice defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) to graduate level through application in the community optometry settings. Students will return to campus in the final two weeks of trimester, for face-to-face teaching and clinical training sessions, in order to consolidate their skills prior to their final assessments. There will be particular attention to assessment and prescribing of pharmacological interventions for common conditions in optometry. The experience gained will enable students to analyse, reflect upon and consolidate their understanding of legal and ethical issues; professional, management and business development; and the social, public and population health context of optometry practice.


Assessment task 1: Supervisor’s assessment of clinical performance and professionalism (weekly, ongoing) 15%
Assessment task 2: 2 x case reports (2000 words each, due across trimester) 20%
Assessment task 3: Reflective practice tasks (weekly, ongoing) consisting of addressing identified clinical learning objectives and one online, verbal, reflective presentation task 15%
Assessment task 4: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE, end-of-trimester examination period) 50%
Assessment task 5: Attendance on all scheduled clinical residential placement days is a hurdle requirement.
Assessment task 6: Completion of on-line logbook entries for each clinical interaction is a hurdle requirement.
Assessment task 7: Passing 7 out of 10 OSCE stations and achieving an overall pass mark for the OSCEs is a hurdle requirement; students failing to meet this criterion after their first attempt of the OSCE will be offered reassessment, provided that they passed a minimum of 5 stations at this first attempt. Reassessment will involve resitting, and re-marking of, all 10 OSCE stations.

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