HMO701 - Advanced Optometric Studies 1


2023 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


HMO305 and HMO306



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 600 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 2 hours problem-based learning seminars,
3 x 2 hours of clinical skills practicals, up to 10 hours of supporting classes, and 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 12 hours of inter-professional care plan development;
up to 66 hours of clinical optometric placements, and 3 x 4 hours of ophthalmology placements.


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 complete an inter-professional education (IPE) module where they will be allocated into multi-disciplinary teams with students from across the faculty. They will work with these teams online to develop care plans for three complex cases.

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 at the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) and gain their first experiences of designing a clinical research project and collecting data.

Hurdle requirement

  • Successful completion of Professionalism and Placement (P&P) requirements, as defined in the Optometry P&P guide
  • Demonstrate competency on two occasions in remaining clinical skills of the IPA curriculum
  • Submission of a personal learning plan covering clinical skills development and problem-solving readiness for the residential placement program

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