Course Title: Dispense atypical prescriptions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2018

Class Number: All

Class Section: All

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Course Code: OPSC5062C

Course Title: Dispense atypical prescriptions

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4375 - Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing

Course Contact: Jade Cusworth

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 8382

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ralph Richter:

Timothy Haigh:

Leigh Robinson:

Nominal Hours: 120

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 unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate client needs, take measurements and make calculations to facilitate effective dispensing for atypical prescriptions, including for low vision clients. Low vision occurs when, after accurate refraction and the provision of spectacles or contact lenses to correct the refractive error, good visual acuity is not achievable.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOPD003 Dispense atypical prescriptions


1. Evaluate client needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the parameters of atypical prescriptions and transpose as required

1.2 Analyse the prescription and identify areas of freedom and constraints

1.3 Assess the individual needs and requirements of the client

1.4 Select possible frame, lens and treatment combinations to suit individual requirements based on principles of low vision aid selection, depending on client’s needs


2. Determine specifications for atypical prescriptions

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Take accurate measurements and make calculations necessary to accurately dispense atypical prescriptions

2.2 Select option that best meets cosmetic, optical and functional needs

2.3 Determine the correct working distance for low vision aids


3. Fit frames and lenses for atypical prescriptions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise required fitting equipment and materials

3.2 Select and specify appropriate bevelling and edging requirements to enhance the cosmetics and quality of the spectacles

3.3 Select appropriate lens treatments or additional requirements to maximise the visual performance and enhance the quality of the finished spectacles

3.4 Measure and specify the most appropriate lens fitting criteria

3.5 Ensure the quality of the finished spectacles

3.6 Fit and adjust the spectacles to client needs


4. Instruct client on wear and care

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Provide client with details about how to wear the appliance

4.2 Offer information about appliance care routines

4.3 Reinforce and support advice provided by low vision practitioner on correct use of low-vision aids


5. Finalise dispensing process

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Complete financial transactions in accordance with relevant policies and procedures

5.2 Follow correct procedures for client rebates

5.3 Complete and store records in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and confidentiality requirements

5.4 Offer follow up services in accordance with organisation procedures

Learning Outcomes

See elements above


Details of Learning Activities

   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


OP Trainee Groups

The program is delivered in five (5) block sessions as follows,

          Session 1: 5 days

          Session 2: 5 days

          Session 3: 5 days

          Session 4: 5 days

          Session 5: 5 days

Specsavers Groups

The program is delivered in five (5) block sessions as follows,

          6 month group                    12 month group

          Session 1: 2 days               Session 1: 2 days

          Session 2: 3 days               Session 2: 4 days

          Session 3: 4 days               Session 3: 3 days

          Session 4: 3 days               Session 4: 3 days

          Session 5: 4 days               Session 5: 4 days

Dates for the teaching sessions will vary for the individual Trainee Program groups. These dates will be posted in Canvas.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


D. A. Wilson and S.  Daras (2014)  ’Practical Optical Dispensing’ (3rd Edition), TAFENSW Western Sydney Institute Print + Media, NSW

 C. W. Brooks and I. M. Borish (2007) ’System for Ophthalmic Dispensing’ (3rd Edition), Butterworth-Heinemann, an imprint of Elsevier Inc.

PowerPoint Summary

Additional learning materials available through CANVAS

RMIT Library (

Overview of Assessment


You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent. 
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
You may be assessed by: 
• Oral or written questioning 
• Oral presentations
• Assignments and projects 
• Direct observation of actual work practice 
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and/or audio files 
• Work-based activities 
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic or at a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement activity.

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Assessment Tasks


1.      Written Tasks: These will be in the form of -

1.1 Atypical prescriptions online assessment.

1.2 Atypical prescriptions assignment.

1.3 Atypical prescriptions case studies


2.      Evidence log: a collection of evidence activities to prove competence, knowledge and skill in a variety of elements and performance criteria across a range of units.



Due Dates

The due dates for assessments will vary for the individual Program groups. These dates will be posted in Canvas.

Assessment Matrix



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