CLINICAL STUDIES AND REVIEW

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B512448
Module Leader Peter Rafferty
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
Trimesters
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M1B512427, Anatomy & Physiology in Human Visual Function; M1B512428, Communiction, Law & Management; M1B512425, Geometrical Optics; M1B512429, Optical Appliances 1; M1B512430, Visual Optics;M1B512431, Optical Appliances 2; M2B512438, Clinical Dispensing Studies; M2B512439, Low Vision; M2B512440, Ophthalmic Pathology & Pharmacology; MB512441, Refractive Management; M2B512442, Optical Appliances 3; M2B512443, Ocular Examination and Technique; or a qualification in Ophthalmic Dispensing approved by the Programme Board

Summary of Content

The module is designed to be supportive of students throughout the third year of the programme and until the sitting of the final professional examinations in Ophthalmic Dispensing. Based on the first two tears of the BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing programme, formal training will be given in all areas covered the final professional examination in combination with interview skills and the unification of all elements of the general optical council core competencies to a level comparable with that of an independent practitioner of Ophthalmic Dispensing rather than the two year programme which constitutes the basis for taking up a pre-registration position.

Syllabus

All areas of professional dispensing practice required for registration will be addressed in this module, numbered as GOC core competencies elsewhere in the documentation. Communication Skills: The ability to seek and communicate relevant information from and to patients in an effective and appropriate manner.; Professional conduct.: In fulfilling his/her duty of care a Dispensing Optician must have an understanding and working knowledge of the relevant legislation and civil laws, as well as codes of conduct and professional guidance to be able to care for, respect and protect the rights; Methods of assessing vision, refraction, binocular status and visual acuity and their interpretation; Optical appliances, including appliances for low vision; Patient selection and the choice, fitting and management of contact lenses; the implications of investigative techniques used and ocular disease in commercial dispensing practice

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate communication Skills. The ability to seek and communicate relevant information from and to patients in an effective and appropriate manner in all areas of ophthalmic dispensing and to a high level2. Show professional conduct. In fulfilling his/her duty of care a Dispensing Optician must have an understanding and working knowledge of the relevant legislation and civil laws, as well as codes of conduct and professional guidance to be able to care for, respect and protect the rights.3 Understand methods of assessing vision, refraction, binocular status and visual acuity.4 Demonstrate the ability to dispense an appropriate optical appliance.5 Understanding the choice, fitting and management of contact lenses6 Understanding the management of Low vision patients7 Understanding the techniques used in the examination of the eye and adnexa8 Understanding the relevance of ocular disease.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will concentrate on tutorial and practical sessions, roleplay and student led seminars, with conventional lectures where appropriate. Support mechanisms will be in place to the level of final professional qualification. Should students be carrying out part-time employment in optical practice or any other such activities outwith the control of GCU, data gleaned from these sources may be used (with the permission of the employer and within the restrictions of the Data Protection Act), although the majority of assessment will be based on set work. Practical and oral assessments will be at a level equivalent to the current professional qualifying examinations.

Indicative Reading

Walsh G. Programme specific document "Spectacles" (2004) Jalie, M. (2001) Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing, Butterworth-Heinemann Jalie, M. (1984) Principles of Ophthalmic Lenses, ABDO Griffiths, Anthony I, Practical Dispensing (2000), 3rd ed, ABDO Fowler C & Latham-Petrie K (2001) Spectacle lenses: theory and practice. Butterworth-Heineman Harsant R (undated) A revision guide to ABDO part 1 practical examinations. ABDO Wakefield K (2000) Bennett's Ophthalmic Prescription Work. Butterworth Heineman Janney GD & Tunnacliffe AH (1997) Worked problems in ophthalmic lenses. ABDO GCU website, Athens database: British standards online

Transferrable Skills

Social, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and interview techniques. Interactive communication development. High order skills in information transfer, liason, analysis, evaluation and clinical decision making. Critical interpretation of clinical significance of symptomatology, diagnostic and referral criteria.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 48.00
Assessment (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 0.00 50.00 35% 2x1.5 hr practical examinations
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% mini pract/oral/seminar/written/role play