University Handbook 2019

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Orthoptics

Course code/s: HZVSO

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course code HZVSO
Mid year intake available Consideration will be given to a 2019 mid-year intake in April 2019. Students taking this option study 3.5 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study).
Course coordinator Dr Meri Vukicevic
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 083317C/062808B
Course duration

Commencing semester 1: 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Commencing June: 3.5 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
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes

The June intake will only proceed if the course has available places. The final intake to this course will be in 2019.

In 2020, La Trobe will introduce a suite of new undergraduate award programs in allied health and dentistry that will replace its current combined Bachelors/Masters undergraduate awards. Students who seek an approved leave of absence or deferral of their offer of a place for 2019, should be aware that they will enter our new undergraduate award programs in 2020 following their leave of absence or deferral.

Course description

This degree gives you the knowledge you need to detect, diagnose and treat vision and eye problems in both children and adults.

Your first year will cover the fundamentals of applied science. You'll then go on to study the components of the eye, learn about conditions like cataracts and infection, and build knowledge of the different forms of rehabilitation available to patients.

Along with this fundamental knowledge, you'll develop an understanding of neuroscience, pathology and pharmacology in your applied science studies.

In the last 18 months of your course, you will participate in four block clinical placements. You will undertake placements in hospitals with dedicated ophthalmology programs such as the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Alfred Health, the Royal Children's Hospital or with one of the Orthoptic Clinical School Network's private or public practices around Melbourne. You will also complete one placement outside Melbourne with one of our partner clinics in regional Australia, interstate or overseas in places like Auckland, London, New York, Dubai and Singapore. These placements will test your classroom knowledge in a practical environment, demonstrating your ability to detect eye conditions and administer treatments to a range of patients.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.

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

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Alt Exit Only)
Interpret specialised knowledge and ideas on health topics clearly and coherently.
Critically review and analyse health-related research to synthesise and evaluate current evidence on health topics.
Work in professional settings with accountability and collaboratively with others.
Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision-making in health related contexts.
Select appropriate communication modes to clearly impart health related information to a range of professional and non-professional audiences.
Reflect on current skills and knowledge to plan ongoing personal and professional development.
Master of Orthoptics
Demonstrate mastery of specialist knowledge and skill in accordance with the Competency Standards for Orthoptists of the Australian Orthoptic Board.
Communicate specialist knowledge effectively with a range of professional and non-professional stakeholders in a variety of practice settings using appropriate modes and media.
Work autonomously and as a member or leader of a multidisciplinary team as a safe ethical practitioner.
Maintain orthoptic professional values and ethical practices in socially diverse communities.
Critically analyse and reflect on complex orthoptic problems to provide innovative solutions in a changing environment.
Evaluate and implement evidence-based orthoptic practice.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 540 credit points over four years of full-time study (for those commencing in semester 1) or three and a half years of study for those commencing in June.

First year (commencing semester 1)

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   Students to select a first-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. 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   Students to select a first-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

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 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.

First year (commencing June)

First year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-2 ABS0WOM Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education* 0
TE-SEM-2 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module** 0
TE-W27-38 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-W27-38 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-W27-38 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-W42-05 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-W42-05 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-W42-05 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT1HVF Human Vision and Function 15
TE-SEM-various   Students to select first-year level elective subjects to the value of 30 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 30
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

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 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-SUM   Students to select a first or second-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. 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 ORT3OCP Ocular Pathology 30
TE-SEM-2 ORT3BIV Binocular Vision 15
TE-SEM-2 MIC3MCO Microbiology and Cell Biology for Orthoptics 15

Third year

Third year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUM   Students to select a third-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT3CON Concomitant Strabismus 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT3OPP Ophthalmic Pharmacology 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT3ODG Ocular Diagnostics 15
TE-SEM-1 ORT3NEO Neuro-ophthalmology 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT4INC Incomitant Strabismus 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT4EYS Eye Movement Systems 15
TE-SEM-2 ORT4OMR Ocular Management and Rehabilitation 15
TE-W31-45 ORT4CLA Preliminary Orthoptic Clinical Practice 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALL YEAR ORT5ORP Orthoptics Research Project 15
TE-WK 02-26 ORT5CLB Introductory Orthoptic Clinical Practice 30
TE-WK 11-45 ORT5CLC Intermediate Clinical Practice 30
TE-WK 27-52 ORT5CLD Advanced Clinical Practice 30
TE-SEM-2 ORT5MES Models of Eye Service Delivery 15

 

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