11 x 2-hour workshop-1s per semester
2 x 3-hour workshop-4s per semester
3 x 4-hour workshop-2s per semester
9 x 7-hour workshop-3s per semester
1 x 2-hour laboratory per semester
3 x 2-hour practical-1s per semester
4 x 3-hour practical-2s per semester
18 x 2-hour clinical placement-1s per semester
3 x 3-hour clinical placement-2s per semester
1 x 12-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into BMSVMOPT-Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry
2 3 of OPTO8001, OPTO8002, OPTO8003
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
OPTO8004 - Optometry 1
Assumed knowledge
Pharmacology. Content and clinical skills such as can be obtained in second, third and fourth year Optometry topics.
Examination; Attendance at placement, practicals and workshops; Portfolio; Assignments.
Topic description

This topic transitions students to the clinical setting by building on and advancing the core skills and theory required for Optometry practice. Workshops, clinical case studies, practicals, tutorials, simulation and clinical placement at the university based clinic will collectively develop and integrate knowledge and clinical and critical reasoning skills to construct customised patient examinations and management in an evidence based, professional, ethical and culturally safe manner across general, therapeutic, contact lens, paediatric and binocular vision, occupational, aged care, low vision, dispensing and interprofessional practice. Clinical placement will involve observation, directed self and peer review, independent and peer-supported planning and execution of patient examinations and management, simulation and practice administration and dispensing. Students will also participate in peer mentoring of same year and junior peers to support the development of clinical skills including communication, consultation planning and prioritising of clinical tests, documentation and interpretation of clinical findings and clinical decision making. Students will keep an electronic portfolio detailing and reflecting on these learning opportunities and guiding and monitoring progress and development of competencies.

Educational aims

This topic builds on the fundamental optometry knowledge and clinical skills students have acquired in preceding semesters. This topic provides students with their formative clinical experiences. Students will develop experience in conducting full patient examinations. This will provide learning opportunities in history taking, examination planning, diagnosis and developing management plans. Learning opportunities will arise around patient presentations with different conditions or requiring different management. Students will develop the ability to present clinical case information to their peers and to discuss conflicting or challenging issues or situations. Students will also learn about processes and systems in clinical practice, optical dispensing and practice management. This topic will empower students to engage broadly in optometric practice, to manage the spectrum of eye and vision disorders and to engage in optometric practice.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in all components of an eye examination
  2. Demonstrate competence in conducting entire eye examinations
  3. Present a case to peers
  4. Discuss challenging professional issues with peers
  5. Self and peer review the performance of clinical skills and eye examinations
  6. Distinguish between the presentations and underlying mechanisms of eye and vision disorders in optometric practice and compose appropriate management plans

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.