HMO306 - Principles and Practice of Optometry 3


2023 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


HMO303 and HMO304



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 seminars per week, 1 x 2 hour ophthalmic dispensing practical per fortnight and up to 8 hours of online IPE across the trimester. 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. Students will also prepare for working in a collaborative care environment through inter-professional education (IPE).

Hurdle requirement

  • Hurdle 1: Successful completion of Professionalism and Placement (P & P) requirements, as defined in the Optometry P & P guide
  • Hurdle 2: Pass Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) (Passing 7 out of 10 stations and achieving an overall pass for the determined 10 station aggregate OSCE score is a hurdle requirement)
  • Hurdle 3: Demonstrate competency on two occasions in each of 4 chosen clinical skills

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you: