Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will extend your knowledge of concepts related to anatomy and physiology of the eye in order to understand a range of ocular pathology, with a particular focus on cataract and glaucoma. You will be required to perform a range of investigative techniques to identify and measure the pathology and integrate patient information to lead to a differential diagnosis. You will undertake clinical placement as part of the requirements for this subject. Professional Accreditation requires all competencies be met as defined by the Australian Orthoptic Board . Successful completion of clinical placement during this subject facilitates meeting these clinical competencies.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSuzane Vassallo

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesStudents will learn to classify and grade cataracts and complete case study activities which reflect real-world cases that they will be exposed to on clinical placement.Students will learn how to measure the eye using contact and non-contact biometry and apply this measurement using appropriate formulae in order to calculate intra-ocular lens power for cataract surgery.Case studies and ophthalmic investigative techniques will be used to teach students about glaucoma - its presentation and classification.Students will learn how to perform various clinical tests for the purpose of investigation and diagnosis of glaucoma.While on clinical placement, students will apply their skills under the supervision and guidance of their clinical supervisor.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HHOR and passed ORT1FOP, ORT2OPA, and HBS2CAN


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

Learning resources

Kanski's Clinical Opthamology: A systemic approach

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBowling, B


Edition/Volume8th Edition

PublisherElsevier Limited, China


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Ophthalmology Lecture Notes

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorJames, B., Bron, A., Parulekar, M.V.


Edition/Volume12th Edition

PublisherWiley, Blackwell, United Kingdom


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days requiredEquivalent to 48 hours in total

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - metro

WBL addtional requirementsStudents will be expected to wear appropriate attire while on placement. There will be some cost associated with uniform and equipment purchase.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Investigate and analyse the observed changes in ocular anatomy and physiology causing cataract and glaucoma.
02. Review patients' signs and symptoms and explain initial differential diagnoses of ophthalmic conditions which cause cataract and glaucoma.
03. Combine patients' signs and symptoms together with other clinical data and measurements to offer provisional diagnoses and some management of cataract and glaucoma.
04. Utilise appropriate investigative techniques and equipment to measure and document the disease process related to cataract and glaucoma.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Week 31-51, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzane Vassallo

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 42
One 1.50 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 46 - 51
One 48.00 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 46 to week 51 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 31 - 42
One 1.50 hour practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1x 500 word written reflection on clinical placement. Students will be required to reflect on their clinical placement and record their reflection in their PebblePad portfolio.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1

1x 15 min practical examination. Marking rubric. Students will be required to demonstrate clinical competency (practical and clinical reasoning skills) related to tonometry

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

1x 1 hour on line mid semester examination. General feedback provided via LMS. Students can seek individual feedback from the subject coordinator.  The focus of this assessment will be on cataract.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

1 x 1 hour online end of semester examination. Feedback available once subject results are released by the University. The focus of this assessment will be on glaucoma.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Clinical skill demonstration. Feedback will be provided by the supervising clinician whilst the student is on clinical placement. Students are required to demonstrate their level of clinical skill during clinical placement. The skills (type and number) to be demonstrated have been pre-defined (students will be provided with specific instruction depending upon their placement type). The students supervising clinician will verify that the student has demonstrated the clinical skill and provide feedback on the students technique. 

N/AOtherIndividualYes0 SILO4