SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M2B524297
Module Leader Claudine Wallace
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • C (May start)-A (September start)-B (January start)
  • S-C (May start)-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.


Professinal practice and conduct Clinical techniques relating to a wide range of ophthalmic and orthoptic conditions such as Assessment of visual fields and interpretration of findings Assessment of intra ocular pressure Techniques from year 1 relating to orthoptics such as invesitgaiton of normal binocular vision, accommodation , convergence and assessment of visual acuity in children and adults Ophthalmoscopy Fundus photography Visual acuity, Cover test, diagnosis of heterophoria,type and degree of refractive error,detection and evaluation of normal binocular single vision

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Develop competency on clinical techniques such as CT, OM, Vision testing, PFR, PCT, Refraction2. Investigate normal binocular vision3. Plan orthoptic treatment for heterophoria and convergence/ accommodative insufficiency4. Apply appropriate diagnostic skills in a range of ophthalmic conditions such as , red eye , glaucoma and refractive error, amblyopia5. Evaluate patient/client response to orthoptic treatment such as occlusion therapy, prescription of glasses, exercises6. Keep records which are logically structured, accurate and legible.7. Develop skills which allow them to analyse clinical information and interpret results.Ophthalmic Learning Outcomes8. Conduct an appropriate range of ophthalmic tests such as, slitlamp examinaion of anterior and posterior eye, tonometry, visual fields, retinoscopy, ophthalmoscopy, OCT. Fundus photography. Biometry inaddition to basic orthoptic assessment of motility and normal binocular visionGeneral Learning Outcomes:9. Be able to adhere to rules of professional conduct 10. Develop communication skills with patients in the health care setting as part of their clinical investigative techniques11. Develop an understanding of the nature of health care work and the role of the orthoptist within the wider NHS community12. Develop an understanding of the role of other health care workers in the NHS and work with them in practice13. Start to demonstrate an ability to use clinical reasoning as part of clinical practice.

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. Peer learning will take place in clinical skills sessions in university where clinical techniques will be demonstrated by students in 3rd and 4th year and using blended techniques. This will enhance students clinical skills for placement.

Indicative Reading

Pre-placement package As directed

Transferrable Skills

Transferable skills integral to module operation and the learning experience include discipline skills, extension of information, social, communication & interpersonal skills, and development and enhancement of organisational ability, analysis, evaluation, synthesis, problem-solving, decision making and clinical reasoning skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Placement 210.00
Assessment (FT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 0.00 40% Completion of learning objectives
Coursework 2 n/a 100.00 40% Osce style assessment