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MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Theory & Practice of Ophthalmic Care & Management L7

Unit code NURS63600
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit is aimed at qualified health care professionals who work with clients with visual impairment and who already hold a first degree in nursing or healthcare or who can demonstrate the ability to study at level 7. This course, Theory and Practice of Ophthalmic Care and Management complements the Foundations of Ophthalmic Care and Management. Students are encouraged to complete both course units to obtain a broader understanding of ophthalmic care.


The aim of the unit is to enhance the student’s knowledge and skills in relation to caring for an individual with an ophthalmic disorder in particular specialist settings such as Accident and Emergency Department, Operating Theatre, Primary Care as well as in-patient, day case and out-patient settings.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the psychosocial and cultural factors influencing the needs of the visually impaired patient in the context of a multi-disciplinary approach to care.
  • Critically evaluate the needs of ophthalmic patients for health promotion/education information and intervene as necessary.
  • Critically evaluate the outcomes of health education/promotion activities/interventions within your chosen ophthalmic sub-speciality.

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the evidence based care required by the ophthalmic patient within your specialist area of ophthalmic practice.
  • Utilise skills of critical analysis to evaluate the medico-legal aspect of ophthalmic care.
  • Reflect critically on the role of the ophthalmic practitioner within the context of a service undergoing economic and political change

Practical skills

Demonstrate enhanced skills in the following area of practice:
  • The care and management of ophthalmic patients’ presenting with ophthalmic disease or trauma.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Critically reflect on own academic performance in respect of:
  • Patient assessment
  • Communication
  • Meeting the needs of people with visual and or other disability/handicap

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 70%
Practical skills assessment 30%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 40
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 108

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Penelope Stanford Unit coordinator

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