HMO204 - Principles and Practice of Optometry 1


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: 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


All of HBS107, HBS108, HMO101, HMO102, HMO103, HMO104, HMO105, HMO201, HMO202, MAA103, SLE111 and
One of SLE133 or SLE155



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

3 x 2 hour clinical skills practicals per week, 1 x 2 hour ophthalmic dispensing workshops per fortnight, 1 x 8 hour Transition to Clinical Practice workshop.

Up to 8 hours of communication workshops per trimester, up to 40 hours of clinical placements across the trimester for 10 weeks of trimester.


In this unit students will gain skills in simple history-taking and patient examination. They will also be introduced to other competencies defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) including diagnosis, patient management; recording of clinical data and an introduction to the practical application of ophthalmic dispensing principles. They will explore legal and ethical issues drawn from the problem-based learning cases presented in HMO203 and gain knowledge and skills in professional practice associated with the cases. Finally, they will consider the public and population health implications in identifying and managing the conditions presented in the cases. Transition to clinical practice will introduce students to clinical teaching concepts in preparation for ophthalmic care delivery.

Hurdle requirement

  • Demonstrate competency on two occasions in each of three clinical skills
  • Successful completion of Professionalism and Placement (P & P) requirements, as defined in the Optometry P & P guide

Unit Fee Information

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