Students must complete 400 credit points over the 4-year program. These 400 points of credit are accumulated from a compulsory series of six core subjects totalling 100 points per year.
Doctor of Optometry 1st year (100 points): Covers the basic vision sciences and pre-clinical optometry training.
Doctor of Optometry 2nd year (100 points): Covers the applied clinical vision sciences and clinical optometry training, as well as research in vision and optometry.
Doctor of Optometry 3rd year (100 points): Covers further applied clinical vision sciences and clinical optometry training, as well as clinical optometry practice.
Doctor of Optometry 4th year (100 points): Covers advanced clinical optometry practice.
|Year 1 - Compulsory subjects|
|Integrated Ophthalmic SciencesCore||75|
Integrated Ophthalmic Sciences
Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry. This subject recognises that a scientific understanding of vision derives from an inherently multidisciplinary foundation, knitting together threads from many core fields including optics, mathematics, biochemistry, anatomy, histology, physiology, medicine and psychology. It broadly conceptualises this diverse collection of subject content into three tightly interwoven streams: the first of these is optics relating to vision, the second is biological systems underpinning vision, and the third is visual function itself, which emerges only by appreciating and exploring the various degrees of overlap among ...
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Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry. This subject gives an introduction to the concepts of common vision and ocular disorders. It provides training in the optometric procedures for the examination of the eyes and for the treatment of visual disorders. On completion of the subject students will be able to investigate patients' visual problems, make a diagnosis and plan an appropriate course of management. Topics include refractive anomalies of the eye including explanations of the origin and development of refractive anomalies and the tests employed to detect, determine and correct refractive errors; anomalies of accommodation including pres...
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|Year 1 - Subject by invitation only|
|Preclinical Optometry RefresherCore||12.5|
Preclinical Optometry Refresher
Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry. Note: Students will only enrol in this subject on the instruction of the O.D. Progress Committee This subject provides students with the opportunity to maintain the clinical skills developed through the completion of the subject Preclinical Optometry, by providing further practise and training in the optometric procedures for the examination of the eyes and the treatment of visual disorders. On completion of the subject students will be able to investigate patients' visual problems, make a diagnosis and plan an appropriate course of management. Practical sessions will allow students the opportunity to ta...
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|Year 2 - Compulsory subjects|
|Applied Clinical TrainingCore||75|
Applied Clinical Training
Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry. Students will develop, and then apply, an advanced knowledge of the clinical vision sciences, as relevant to the full scope of evidence-based practice in optometry. Study of ocular disease, clinical neuroscience, binocular vision and paediatrics, along with pharmacology and microbiology/immunology, will be integrated with and applied to clinical practice through studying the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. To complement this, students will learn the theory of advanced clinical diagnostic tests and corrective devices, such as contact lenses and spectacle lenses, thus equipping them to both inv...
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|Research Studies in Vision and OptometryCore||25|
Research Studies in Vision and Optometry
Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry. This subject aims to introduce the student to the research culture in the discipline by involvement in an investigation in vision science under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. The project will usually involve an in-depth appraisal of the scientific literature and, as appropriate to the topic, the use of biochemical, molecular biological, pharmacological, neurophysiological, psychophysical, computational, epidemiological or advanced clinical techniques. The practical component of the project will be typically undertaken as a collaborative team effort and a manuscript prepared by each st...
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|Year 3 - Compulsory subjects|
|Clinical Optometry PracticeCore||100|
Clinical Optometry Practice
Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of OptometryStudents will continue to integrate their knowledge of clinical vision sciences into an understanding of the diagnosis and management of ocular disease and will refine their advanced clinical diagnostic skills. They will complete study in the specialist areas of advanced contact lenses, paediatric optometry and low vision. Students will participate in a professional practice stream of lectures which will address government and professional bodies, business skills, visual standards, communication and ethical considerations in optometry. Throughout this subject, students will be required to demonstrate a hig...
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|Year 4 - Compulsory subjects|
Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry. The main aim of the Doctor of Optometry internship year is to integrate the optometric knowledge gained by the students during their first three years of study with clinical work in a variety of clinical settings (including a capstone experience), in a way that will consolidate what they have learned and help them develop and improve the clinical skills necessary to practice optometry and serve patients in a safe and satisfactory way. Students will undertake clinical rotations based in the central University of Melbourne teaching clinics, and metropolitan Melbourne hospital and practice placements. They ...
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