University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics

Course code/s: HZVSO

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course code HZVSO
Course coordinator Dr Connie Koklanis
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 083317C/062808B
Course duration 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Credit points 540 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
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Course description

This combined degree course prepares the graduate to become an orthoptist – an eye care professional who specialises in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vision and eye disorders. Orthoptists are mostly employed in specialist eye clinics and public hospitals, where they work with ophthalmic surgeons to monitor eye disease and provide treatment, including prescribing glasses for children and adult patients. Orthoptists also provide vision rehabilitation services to clients in low vision agencies. The majority of subjects undertaken are core subjects.

The first year of the course is an interdisciplinary common year shared with students across health sciences courses. The focus of this year is on basic human anatomy and physiology, factors influencing health and developing an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors.

The second year provides background study in neurosciences, pathology and pharmacology, as well as an in-depth understanding of the visual system and the eye. The basic principles of ocular pathology and orthoptic theory and practice are introduced.

During the third year of the course, students will further develop their knowledge and skills in orthoptics, ophthalmology and vision rehabilitation.

The fourth year of the course is largely clinical and students will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to the clinical environment and consolidate their ability to manage vision and eye problems in patients of all ages. The clinical program includes placement at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, and other clinical agencies, under the supervision of an orthoptist, facilitating transition into the workforce. The course also provides students with the opportunity to undertake part of their clinical education in affiliated clinics interstate and overseas. At the completion of the double degree, graduates will be prepared for the workforce with a background in teamwork and leadership.

There is a strong demand for orthoptists at present and graduates readily gain employment in public hospitals, private practice, low-vision agencies, universities and eye research centres.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 540 credit points over four years of full-time study.

First year

First year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Level 1 - Subject may be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT1HVF Human Vision and Function 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Level 1 – Subject may be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15

Key: *ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

** LTU0AIM (previously HLT1AIM) is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (150 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER Elective Level 2 – Subject may be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT2ORS Optics & Refractive State 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2CAN Clinical Anatomy & Neurosciences 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT2PVS Ocular Physiology & Vision Science 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PBD Pathophysiologic Basis for Disease 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT3OPM Ocular Pathology & Microbiology 30
TE-SEM-2 ORT3BIV Binocular Vision 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT3NEO Neuro-ophthalmology 15

Third year

Third year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ORT4AOD Applied Ocular Diagnostics 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT4OPP Ophthalmic Pharmacology 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT4EYS Eye Movement Systems 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT4CON Concomitant Strabismus 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT4REF Clinical Refraction 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT5LVR Low Vision Rehabilitation 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT5OMT Ophthalmic Management and Therapeutics 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT5INC Incomitant Strabismus 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT5CLA Orthoptic Clinical Practice A 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W03-14 ORT5CLB Orthoptic Clinical Practice B 30
TE-W14-33 ORT5CLC Orthoptic Clinical Practice C 30
TE-SEM-1 ORT5MES Models of Eye Service Delivery 15
TE-W28-40 ORT5CLD Orthoptic Clinical Practice D 30
TE-SEM-2 ORT5EOP Evidence-Based Orthoptic Practice 15

 

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