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BSc Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Dispensing A

Unit code OPTO10292
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Optometry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will give you a basic knowledge of the manufacture, measurement and specification of ophthalmic appliances including different types of lenses, frames and prisms.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Geometrical Optics OPTO10151 Co-Requisite Recommended


To give students a basic knowledge of the manufacture, measurement and specification of ophthalmic appliances.

Learning outcomes

       To be able to identify and apply Geometrical Optics where appropriate and demonstrate these in both theory and practice.

       To understand and apply mathematical formulae to the topic.

       To develop an understanding of manufacturing and measuring techniques in relation to spectacle frames and lenses.

       To be able to demonstrate accuracy and consistency in all forms of measurement and descriptive techniques, when related to ophthalmic lenses, manufacturing and devices available for ophthalmic work.

       To build foundation knowledge of frame and lens technology in preparation for advanced techniques. (Dispensing B)



A course of bi-weekly lectures held over a 12 week period and associated practical work. This is reinforced with weekly e-learning quizzes to help students develop and apply mathematical concepts from Geometrical Optics. The introduction of practical techniques that underpin the technical and theoretical aspects of optometry.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
As measurement and numerical skill, are constantly tested against set benchmarks, students regularly evaluate the solutions to problems.
Group/team working
Most labs have the opportunity to work in pairs or in some cases as a small group. Peer or demonstrator review is encouraged.
The development of practical the skills necessary skills necessary to succeed ,often highlight alternative methods of approach or problem solving.
Project management
There is a close link between the geometrical optics and dispensing practical work.
Oral communication
Students contribute to formal questions and discussion during lectures and practical lab sessions.
Problem solving
The application of a theoretical, numerical and practical approach, to problem solving is used throughout the course.
Both for formal lectures and practical work, students are encouraged to maintain an awareness of current developments, promoted in professional and technical journals.
Written communication
Assignments and reports are designed to develop the understanding of the practical labs undertaken. This may be as an individual or as a small group. Coursework is assessed with written feedback to the individual students. All practical labs have tables or small report items to complete or design. There are e learning components to all of the units, with submission deadlines where appropriate.

Assessment methods

2 x 1 hour open book practical courseworks (19%),

1 x 1 hour closed book practical exam (25%),

1 x 1.5 hour written examination (56%)

Feedback methods

Written, individual feedback is given for open book practical assessments,

Individual and group feedback available for written exam and practical exams

Online and tutorial based feedback is available for e-learning exercises.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment practical exam 3
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 24
Practical classes & workshops 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 47.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Fiona Cruickshank Unit coordinator

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