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BSc Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Dispensing B

Unit code OPTO20080
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Optometry
Available as a free choice unit? No


Dispensing B will provide you with a knowledge of modern spectacle frames and lenses which will enable you to dispense optical appliances to patients in the most effective way, and to understand the theoretical background to such dispensing.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Dispensing A OPTO10292 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to: Introduce more complex techniques in ophthalmic dispensing. How this is applicable in practice and the associated frame and lens technology.

Learning outcomes

 Understand the theoretical background relating to the design and manufacture of spectacle frames, multifocal and  
   complex single vision lenses, and tints and coatings.
 To use appropriate calculations to justify dispensing decisions.
•  Evaluate a practical scenario in dispensing and select and explain an appropriate method to address it.
 Measure and specify multifocal, and complex single vision lenses. Measure, describe and specify spectacle frames                 using the correct terminology.
 Complete a comprehensive assessment of facial measurements.
•  Specify accurately appropriate frame and lens positioning.
 Application of all the theoretical, technical and numerical information in a patient/practice situation. (this will be
   developed further in 3rd year clinics)


Formal lectures and tutorials in semesters 3&4. Associated practical work to complement the ophthalmic theory.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
As measurement and numerical skills 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 review is encouraged.
Oral communication
Students contribute to discussion during lectures, tutorials 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 jounals.

Assessment methods

Summative Assessment

(2 x 45 mins) Closed book OSCE station assessments (25%)
1 x  1.25 hour closed book practical exam (25%)
1 x 1.5 hour MCQ theory exam (50%)

A unit mark of less than 40% is non-compensatable


Feedback methods

Formative quizzes to accompany lectures, written individual feedback on practical exam, individual or group feedback on theory exam.

Recommended reading

See separate reading list on Bb

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment practical exam 1.5
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 23
Practical classes & workshops 34.5
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Christine Dickinson Unit coordinator

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