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BSc Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Personal & Professional Development B

Unit code OPTO20200
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Optometry
Available as a free choice unit? No


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Personal & Professional Development A OPTO10100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit is the second stage in a program which is followed by the students through all three years of their degree program. 
The “Personal” development is based on transferable skills which support the academic curriculum, enhance the student’s CV and increase their employability. “Professional” development is based on an understanding of the history and modes of practice of the profession of Optometry. There is also a medical ethics strand which discusses issues relevant to working in the healthcare environment. These will combine to give the student the opportunity to become a well-developed practitioner with excellent communication skills who is sought after by the best employers.

Learning outcomes

Students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the different ways in which Optometry is practiced, worldwide
  • Understand the role of Research Ethics Committees and the need for the regulation of research involving human subjects (for example, to develop knowledge of the Nuremberg Code and the declaration of Helsinki)

·         Present themselves in an academic CV (including a covering letter) and in an interview situation (conducted by the current 3rd year Optometry Undergraduates)

·         Produce an Optometry-related research poster

·         Develop an understanding of the ethical and practical issues involved in allocating funding for healthcare


Students will develop skills in:

  • Giving and receiving feedback



The whole unit is presented on-line. Learning experiences are split amongst the three main themes:

Personal Development

Planning your future career; auditing employability skills; producing a CV and covering letter and presenting yourself at interviews

Development of numeracy skills

Producing a scientific research poster

Reflection on “communication” (group meeting) performance

Professional Development

The different scopes of Optometry, as practised in the UK and elsewhere in other countries.

Insight into employment and contract law (including ‘tort’ law). The role of optometrists in vision research. Communication in different patient scenarios.

Medical Ethics

Healthcare ethics and law; public health; resource allocation within the NHS; the history of research rthics and the role of Research Ethics Committees (RECs).


Assessment methods

·         100% coursework.

·         Most elements of the course are associated with a piece of coursework, which may be in the form of a quiz, a presentation, or a formally-submitted written assignment (submitted via TurnItIn).

·         An average mark over 40% MUST be achieved for the onlinequizzes”, as well as for the “written assignments/presentations”.


Feedback methods

The Unit Co-Ordinator, Academic Advisors and/or Group Peers will provide on-line (via Blackboard), verbal and/or face-to-face feedback on the various items associated with this unit

Recommended reading

Each learning experience generally has on-line reading resources provided, which students MUST read through first, ahead of completing any quizzes, written assignments and/or presentations.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Amit Jinabhai Unit coordinator

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