Introduction to Professional Practice (ORTH5041)


This unit of study provides foundation knowledge for learning in the clinical setting. The student will learn the broad areas of medical disease and common systemic diseases that have ocular implications, acquiring knowledge of medical terminology, the construction of medical terms and conventions of recording clinical information. Common ophthalmic disorders, their presenting signs and symptoms and management are studied. The pharmacology of ocular medications, their classification, laws and regulations that govern their use, routes of delivery and their role in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are also studied. Basic clinical techniques, including observation and history taking will be acquired and the clinical examination of ocular structures for detection of disease including ophthalmoscopy and testing of visual fields will be introduced. On completion of this unit, the student will be able to identify the roles of eye care health providers, including their own as a novice practitioner. The student will be expected to demonstrate this novice role by interpretation of medical records, planning appropriate eye related investigations and further medical requirements, such as referral for further testing.

Further unit of study information


3-hr lecture/week, 3-hr tutorial/week


written assignment 1500wd (25%), end semester OSCE (15%) and end semester exam (60%)


"Cassin B and Hamed L, Fundamentals for Ophthalmic Technical Personnel, Saunders (1995) MIMMS Annual or MIMMS On Line Snell RS and Lemp MA, Clinical Anatomy of the Eye (2nd ed), (1998) Stein H, Slatt B and Stein R, The Ophthalmic Assistant, Mosby (2000)"

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Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.