Course Title: Perform workshop skills and place orders

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: HWSS5418C

Course Title: Perform workshop skills and place orders

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4212 - Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing

Course Contact: Timothy Haigh

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4846

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 150

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This unit should be assessed in conjunction with the following related competency units:
• HLTOPD401A Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry
• HLTOPD402A Dispense optical products and services

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the knowledge of edging and fitting of spectacle lenses and specialised techniques, treatments and processes to finish and/or repair spectacle frames and lenses.
It includes skills in dispensing the best form lenses and ordering from laboratories.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOPD407A Perform workshop skills and place orders


1. Prepare for dispensing of optical appliances

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Access required information and prescriptions
1.2    Prepare the environment
1.3    Check equipment and instruments to be used
1.4    Use personal protective equipment if required


2. Operate focimeter and conduct final checking procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1    Determine any axis or centring error and apply Australian Standards tolerances.
2.2    Check the spectacles on the focimeter to identify     and verify powers, axes and centration
2.3    Check lens surface for scratching and aberrations
2.4    Adjust the frame to standard alignment
2.5    Check metal framed spectacles for strain
2.6    Clean spectacles
2.7    Clean equipment and attachments in accordance with manufacturer’s requirements and infection control procedures
2.8    Undertake regular maintenance procedures on equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s requirements and infection control procedures
2.9    Store equipment and attachments in accordance with manufacturer’s requirements and organisation policies and procedures


3. Place orders for optical appliances

Performance Criteria:

3.1    Place orders for the edging of spectacle lenses
3.2    Order lenses fitted to both plastic and metal frames
3.3    Order special hand-edging to modify lenses for change-overs and centring corrections
3.4    Order lenses to be edged, grooved and mounted to nyl-tag frames
3.5    Order lenses to be edged, drilled and mounted to rimless frames
3.6    Order tinted lenses to required standards


4. Perform frame adjustments and repairs

Performance Criteria:

4.1    Repair and modify spectacle frames
4.2    Perform standard alignment of frames


5. Utilise computer technology

Performance Criteria:

5.1    Select appropriate technology and software applications to achieve the requirements of the task
5.2    Adjust workspace, furniture and equipment to suit the ergonomic requirements of the user
5.3    Use technology according to organisation requirements and in a way which promotes a safe work environment
5.4    Carry out or arrange routine maintenance in order to ensure that equipment is maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and organisation requirements
5.5    Identify equipment faults and take action in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions or by reporting fault to designated person

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

1: Read each topic in the Learner Guide.  Upon completion of each topic, complete the self-assessment checklist from the Learner Guide.  Once you have done this, progress to the next topic.
2:  Complete the self-assessment quiz.  Please note, this is not an assessment task.  The self-assessment will check your level of understanding of the unit and provide you with feedback.
3: Refer to the Learning and Assessment Guide (LAG) items 3, 6, and 7.  Familiarise yourself with the content.

Teaching Schedule

Topic 1: Prepare for dispensing of optical appliances
Topic 2: Operate focimeter and conduct final checking procedures
Topic 3: Place orders for optical appliances
Topic 4: Perform frame adjustments and repairs
Topic 5: Utilise computer technology

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

1. Learner guide HLTOPD407A
2. Learning and Assessment Guide – Year 1
3. Essential knowledge: Visual physiology, Light, Prism, Spherical Lenses
4. Additional learning materials available through the Learning Hub
5. Reflect by accessing HLTOHS300A on the Learning Hub
6. Tinting of spectacle lenses can be found with further reading Australian standards 2228.1 Spectacle lenses (will be available at RMIT library)
7. Operation manuals of equipment you use in your workplace

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may consist of examinations, quizzes, practical demonstration, work based assessment or simulation, submission of your learning and assessment guide and assignments.

Assessment Tasks

Before attempting any of the below assessment tasks ensure that you agree with all self-assessment checklists in the Learner Guide and that you have completed the online self-assessment quiz.

1.  Complete the online test titled HLTOPD407A.  This test consists of completing a series of 10 online questions.  These questions may consist of true or false, multiple choice, short answer questions etc.  In order to pass you need to answer seven or more correct (7 out of 10).  You must pass this prior to completing assessment task 2.

2.  Refer to your learning and assessment guide (LAG) and carefully read items 3, 6, and 7.  An RMIT University assessor will assess you on items 3, 6, and 7 during a work-based assessment and during your compulsory attendance at blocks in year one.  In addition your assessor will include a range of verbal questions to ask during these assessments.  In addition an RMIT University assessor may talk to your employer.

3.  At the end of the semester you will be required to complete a 60-minute online examination on the Learning Hub, which will be posted online for one week (you will be notified shortly).  Please note that this examination will cover HLTHIR301A, HLTOHS300A, HLTOPD401A, BSBCMN302A, BSBFLM403B and HLTOPD407A and you will only be allowed to attempt it once.  This examination will include short answers, true or false, multiple-choice, equations and other types of questions.  You will know at the end of this test if you have passed.  The pass mark is 70%.  

Please note that you will need to demonstrate competency in all 3 of these assessment tasks in order to achieve competency for this unit.

Assessment Matrix

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