SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1B521543
Module Leader Claudine Wallace
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This clinical module is an intrinsic element of the course. It allows students to develop and apply theoretical knowledge, extend and transfer practical skills and refine their problem solving ability within the clinical environment. The module will encourage the students to develop skills required to work in the health care setting including communication.


The emphasis of year one placement is to familiarize the student with the health care setting and gain some practice on Orthoptic investigative techniques. Developing clinical skills in visual acuity, cover test and basic assessment of ocular motility and refraction will feature. The student should also be made aware of and develop their identity as an eye care professional by observation and interaction with a wide range of health care providers. Assessment is based on a competency scale.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:- be aware of health and safety in the work place- adhere to rules of professional conduct and university rules of conduct- Develop communication skills with patients in the health care setting- Develop an understanding of the nature of health care work and the role of the orthoptist within the wider NHS community- Develop an understanding of the role of other health care workers in the NHS and observe them in practice- Develop insight into the medical ethics and clinical governance - Carry Out and develop skills using the following clincial techniques:Cover Test, Ocular Movements, Visual Acuity Tests, Assessment of - Binocular Vision, Measurement of Strabismus, Refraction - Observe visual screenig or other froms of health screening- Identify correctly, on the basis of their test findings Reduced visual acuity, presence of Heterophoria, Type and degree of refractive error, presence or absence of normal binocular single vision, Measure interpupillary distance, fit trial frames efficiently

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Clinical placement is the practical where clinical hypothesis(es) are tested and evaluated. Hence they are an intrinsic element of the course and an important learning experience in their own right. Placements provide students with a unique opportunity to undertake problem solving in action and to gain a sense of their future role as a health care provider. The placement will be carried out on daily placements and through clinical skills labs in the university. Peer learning will be used with students from other years supporting 1 st year in their learning. Blended learning will be used to introduce the students to clinical disorders

Indicative Reading

Pre-placement package As directed

Transferrable Skills

Social, communication & interpersonal skills, and development and enhancement of organizational ability, analysis, evaluation, synthesis, problem-solving, decision making and clinical reasoning skills. Develop professional identity and sense of role in the health care setting.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Placement 86.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 40% reflective essay
Coursework 1 n/a 70.00 40% completion of learning objectives