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BSc Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Instrumentation

Unit code OPTO20091
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Optometry
Available as a free choice unit? No

Aims

To give students knowledge of the theory, design and use of some of the key instruments found in optometric practice. To prepare students to use optometric instrumentation likely to be encountered in their third year clinics.

Learning outcomes

·         To be able to use a variety of slit lamp bio-microscopes, tonometers and perimeters and interpret the results of tests carried out.        

·         To be able to select appropriate optometric instruments, tests and techniques for different clinical situations (including assessment of colour vision and contrast sensitivity).

·         To understand the theory, design and development of the instruments /tests covered

 

Syllabus

The module consists of a series of linked theory and practical sessions which cover the development, design and use of the instrumentation likely to be encountered in general optometric practice.

Emphasis is placed on the practical or ‘hands on’ use of the instruments, in preparation for participation in the third year optometric clinics.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 5%
Written exam 80%
Practical skills assessment 15%

Practical exam (use of the slit lamp biomicroscope)  (15%)

Group presentation                                                 (5%)
Written examination at the end of the course, consisting of both multiple     choice and short answer questions (2 hour examination)                                                      (80%)

 

The unit is non-compensatable

Feedback methods

Detailed one-to-one feedback is available on practical use of slit lamp biomicroscope, one-to-one feedback may be given on presentations where appropriate, exam feedback is available on request once all papers have been marked.

The unit is non-compensatable

 

Recommended reading

  • Bennett, A.G & Rabbetts, R.B (2007) Clinical Visual Optics. Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
  • Doshi, S & Harvey, W (2002) Investigative Techniques. Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
  • Henson, D (1995) Optometric Instrumentation. Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Andrew Gridley Unit coordinator

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