HMO304 - Principles and Practice of Optometry 2


2023 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


HMO203 and HMO204



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 hours of clinical skills seminars and 1 x 2 hour dispensing practical per week for 10 weeks of trimester. 1 x 8 hours of transition to clinical practice workshop and up to 70 hours 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, recording of clinical data and practical application of ophthalmic dispensing principles. 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 through clinical skills seminars. In addition, students will consider in more depth public and population health implications in identifying and managing the conditions presented in the cases. Clinical skills seminars will develop skills based on the cases including developmental and refractive disorders of vision, ocular pathology, and systemic disorders of vision. Transition to clinical practice workshops will prepare students for clinical residential placement and highlight topical issues in optometric practice. Finally, students will be introduced to research methodology in preparation for an extended clinical research project, which will be commenced in later units.

Hurdle requirement

  • Demonstrate competency on two occasions in each of 4 clinical skills, as described in AT1
  • Successful completion of Professionalism and Placement (P & P) requirements, as defined in the Optometry P & P guide

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