Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject is one of three final year professional practicum subjects. Dependent on the allocated placement, students will focus on different specialized areas of practice. Supervised clinical practice occurs for 20 days over 4 weeks across one or multiple placement sites. In this foundation level clinical practicum subject, you will develop basic clinical and patient handling skills in a supervised context within the Eye  & Ear Hospital clinical school network. You will also have an opportunity to travel and undertake non-metropolitain placements. At the end of the placement, it is expected that you will have developed skills to assess vision, various ocular structures, functions and pathologies within a clinical ophthalmology context. This subject will enable you to progress to the advanced Orthoptic Clinical Practicum subjects.   

Attendance at professional placements will also contribute to meeting minimum requirements for workplace experience and professional accreditation. 

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorConnie Koklanis

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectEntire subject

Total hours/days required140 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Practice with autonomy and accountability in specialized areas of professional practice.
02. Justify and interpret clinical information in a specialized area of practice to patients, their family and colleagues.
03. Analyse and synthesise complex clinical problems and develop appropriate management solutions.
04. Evaluate  complex cases to formulate accurate diagnoses.
05. Clearly communicate management plans based on best available evidence of ocular disorders.
06. Reflect on personal professional practice to support continuous improvement in patient outcomes.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Week 02-26, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorConnie Koklanis

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 2 - 14
One 20.00 days placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 2 to week 14 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 4-week (20 day) clinical block placement

WorkShopWeek: 7 - 19
Four 2.00 hours workshop other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 7 to week 19 and delivered via face-to-face.
8-hours of workshops across the teaching period. Group 1: Weeks 07-10Group 2: Weeks 11-14Group 3: Weeks 15-18


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Placement evaluation: Competency report (equiv to 9,000 - words) Ungraded pass. A pass of all competencies is required to pass the subject to ensure students meet the Australian Orthoptic Board Competency Standards for Graduate Entry Orthoptists and accreditation requirements.

N/AReportIndividualYes100 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6