Course Title: Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: EMPL9789C

Course Title: Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4318 - Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing

Course Contact: Jade Cusworth

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8382

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Timothy Haigh (Program Coordinator)

+61 3 9925 4846

Leigh Robinson

+61 3 9925 4398

Ralph Richter

+61 3 9925 4783

Ludmila Keightley

+61 3 9925 4722


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


Course Description

This course 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:

HLTOPD401C 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

• Read topic one in the Learner Guide: HLTOPD401C Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry. Upon completion of topic one complete the self-assessment checklist from the learner guide. Once you have done this progress to the next topic and continue until all topics are completed.
• Once you have read all of the topics and completed the self-assessments you are ready to do the online self-assessment task. The self-assessment will check your level of understanding of the unit and provide you with some feedback.
• Refer to Evidence Portfolio Items 1.1-1.7, 2.1, 3.1-3.3, 4.1 - 4.3 and 5.1-5.7. Familiarise yourself with the content
A combination of activities will support students learning in this course, such as:
• Face to face and or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL), during simulations and classroom based learning
• Observations of performance in the workplace and industry placement or simulated environment will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Online discussion and activities support you to collaborate with other students in your course and debate and debate and discuss ideas
• Self directed study time to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning, students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform 

Teaching Schedule

• Students who come for blocks of learning at RMIT City campus will be required to attend Cluster 1. Dates for your group will be posted on Blackboard.

Students who form part of the SpecSavers will be required to attend the appropriate Cluster for this unit as posted on Blackboard.

• Students who are part of the Full Time Program will attend class Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Week StartingTuesdayWednesdayThursday

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

No prescribed text


1. Learner Guide: HLTOPD401C Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry

Other Resources

  1. Learner Guide: HLTOPD401C Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry
  2. Learning and Evidence Portfolio (LEP)
  3. Additional learning materials through the Learning Hub
  4. RMIT Library (

Students should also make note of the Student Services and Study and Learning Centre that are available to all enrolled students (

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Before attempting any of the assessment tasks below, 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 online test titled HLTOPD401C Formal Quiz. This test consists of completing a series of 10 online questions. These questions may consist of true or false, multiple choice or short answer questions. In order to pass you need to correctly answer seven or more questions (7 out of 10) You must complete the quiz by the date publish on Blackboard.
  2. Refer to your Evidence Portfolio and carefully read and complete Items 1.1-1.7, 2.1, 3.1-3.3, 4.1 - 4.3 and 5.1-5.7 . An RMIT University assessor will assess you on Items1.1-1.7, 2.1, 3.1-3.3, 4.1 - 4.3 and 5.1-5.7  during a work-based assessment or simulation and during your compulsory attendance at Cluster 1 in Year 1. In addition your work assessor will include a range of verbal questions to ask during these assessments. An RMIT University assessor will talk to your employer to discuss your progress and development of workplace skills. You must complete these Evidence Portfolio Items by the date published on Blackboard.
  3. You will be required to complete a 90 minutes Cluster 1 Exam. It will consist of short answer, multiple choice and labelling diagrams. Please note that this Exam will cover HLTOPD401C, HLTWHS300A, BSBWOR401A, the date for this exam will be publish on Blackboard
  4.  At the end of Cluster 1 you will be required to submit a theory assignment that will be posted on Blackboard after you have completed Cluster 1 and will cover HLTOPD401C, HLTWHS300A, BSBWOR401A. The due date for this assignment will be posted on Blackboard.

Please note that you will need to demonstrate competency in all 4 of these assessment tasks in order to achieve competency for this unit.

Assessment Matrix


National Unit Title:

Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry

National Unit Code: HLTOPD401C

Assessment Tasks

Elements/ PCs

Required Knowledge


Required Skills


Critical aspects of assessment










Major Assignment





3.1, 3.2, 3.3

4.1, 4.2, 4.3


Points: 1, 4 & 5


LEP Items: 1-1.7,

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4


Points: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

Points 1-5 covered throughout evidence collection


LEP Item 2





LEP Items 3.1-3.3







6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4


LEP Items 6.1-6.4,




5.1,5.2, 5.3


LEP Items 7.1-7.4, 8,


1.1, 1.2, 1.3





Exam 1



1.1, 1.2

2.1, 2.2, 2.3







WBA Sheet

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.2, 2.2, 2.3

3.1, 3.2, 3.1

4.1, 4.2, 4.3

5.1, 5.2, 5.3

6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4


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