Course Title: Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: OPSC5042C

Course Title: Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry

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: 30

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

In some states/territories participants must have a licence to practise prior to placement in the workplace

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required by workers in the Ophthalmic Industry to perform work that reflects an understanding of the structure and profile of the industry, the roles and relationships within and across the industry and key
issues facing the industry

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOPD401A Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry


1. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and profile of the optical industry

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Describe the organisation of the optical industry
1.2    Explain the relationships between the different occupations and modes of practice within the optical industry
1.3    Describe and illustrate the operation of a typical laboratory or dispensary
1.4    Identify current legislation that impacts on the optical industry


2. Develop a knowledge of the structure of the eye

Performance Criteria:

2.1    Use accepted terminology to describe the normal structure, function and location of the eye
2.2    Describe the main defects of vision which can occur in the human eye
2.3    List and describe the major components of the eye


3. Use accepted terminology to identify and describe the various types of ophthalmic lenses and spectacle frames available within the industry

Performance Criteria:

3.1    Identify the different categories of ophthalmic lenses and spectacle frames
3.2    Describe the main characteristics of each of the general types of ophthalmic lenses and spectacle frames
3.3    Demonstrate the appropriate use of ophthalmic terminology


4. Recognise variations from normal functioning

Performance Criteria:

4.1    Describe common problems associated with the eye and its components using terms and concepts relevant to the ophthalmic industry
4.2    Describe methods of correcting defects of vision
4.3    Outline potential sources of infection relevant to the workplace and services provided


5. Document client information

Performance Criteria:

5.1    Use accepted protocols to document information in line with organisation requirements
5.2    Use appropriate terminology to document identified problems related to application of health care services
5.3    Document variations to the normal visual functions in line with accepted standards and notation


6. Work within organisation policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

6.1    Access and follow organisation guidelines, policies and procedures
6.2    Follow organisation administrative practices and procedures
6.3    Access and follow legal and regulatory guidelines
6.4    Document relevant information/records

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 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8.  Familiarise yourself with the content.

Teaching Schedule

Topic 1: The ophthalmic industry
Topic 2: The eye
Topic 3: Lenses, frames and associated terminology
Topic 4: Specific ophthalmic workplace practices

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

1. Learner guide HLTOPD401A
2. Learning and Assessment Guide – Year 1
3. Essential knowledge: Visual physiology
4. Additional learning materials available through the Learning Hub
5. Kolb, H, Fernandez, E & Nelson, R, 2005, ‘WEBVISION: The organization of the retina and visual system’,
6.  Technology Transfer Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center, 2003, ‘Low Vision Facts - Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye’ (Freedom Scientific)
7.  Patts, 2000, ‘The eye: Visual system’
8.  Mather, G, ‘The eye’, York University,
9.  ‘Master diagram’, (c/- National Eye Institute)
10.  The Washington University School of Medicine, ‘Eye and retina’,

Frame materials
For further information on frame materials, refer to the following links:
1.  Algha Group Ltd, London, ‘The Savile Row Collection’,
2.  The World Intellectual Property Organisation, ‘(WO/2000/033124) Spectacle Frames’,
3.  Adam, B (1997) ‘Hand-making Acetate Spectacle Frames’, The Ganoksin Project,

Optional reading - glossaries
Recommended ophthalmologic glossaries can also be found in the following references:
1.  Walman Optical, 2006, ‘Glossary of terms’, via:
2., n.d., ‘Glossary of vision terms’, via:

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 HLTOPD401A.  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 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8.  An RMIT University assessor will assess you on items 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 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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