Course Title: Dispense atypical prescriptions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OPSC5056C

Course Title: Dispense atypical prescriptions

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

+61 3 9925 4846

Leigh Robinson

+61 3 9925 4398

Ralph Richter

+61 3 9925 4783

Ludmila Keightley

+61 3 9925 4722


Nominal Hours: 100

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 must be assessed after successful achievement of pre-requisites:
• HLTOPD401C Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry
• HLTOPD403B Dispense optical appliances and services

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to identify atypical prescriptions and to use measurements and calculations for planning an effective dispensing strategy.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOPD404C Dispense atypical prescriptions


1. Evaluate the needs of clients requiring atypical optical prescriptions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the parameters of atypical prescriptions
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/treatment combinations to suit the individual client s requirements


2. Determine the criteria influencing dispensing procedures for atypical prescriptions

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Perform measurements necessary to accurately dispense atypical prescriptions
2.2 Perform any necessary calculations required to dispense the prescription accurately
2.3 Evaluate the most appropriate course of action to be taken to meet the cosmetic, optical and functional needs of the atypical client


3. Dispense a range of atypical prescriptions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select appropriate frames to suit a variety of atypical prescriptions
3.2 Select appropriate lenses to suit the needs of atypical prescriptions
3.3 Select and specify appropriate bevelling and edging requirements to enhance the cosmetics and quality of the spectacles
3.4 Select appropriate lens treatments or additional requirements to maximise the visual performance and enhance the quality of the finished spectacles
3.5 Measure and specify the most appropriate lens fitting criteria
3.6 Ensure the quality of the finished spectacles
3.7 Fit and adjust the spectacles for the client ensuring that they are informed of the appropriate way to care for and use their spectacles

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Compulsory Attendance at Cluster 3, 4 and 5 for students who attend blocks of training at RMIT University City Campus.

• Read relevant topics in online text: System for Ophthalmic Dispensing: Clifford W Brooks, Irvin M Borish (available online through Blackboard).
• 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 Item 11 . 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 3, 4 and 5. Dates for your group will be posted on Blackboard
• Students who are part of the Full Time Program will attend class Tuesday to Thursday.

Week Starting Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
09/03/2015 Light Light Spherical Lenses
16/03/2015 Spherical Lenses Spherical Lenses Spherical Lenses
23/03/2015   Spherical Lenses Astigmatic Lenses
30/03/2015 Astigmatic Lenses Astigmatic Lenses  
06/04/2015 No No No
13/04/2015 Astigmatic Lenses Astigmatic Lenses  
20/04/2015 Prism Prism  
27/04/2015 Prism Prism  
04/05/2015 Prism Prism  
11/05/2015 Frame & Lenses Frame & Lenses  
18/05/2015 Frame & Lenses Frame & Lenses  
25/05/2015 Frame & Lenses Revision  

Topic 1: Evaluate the needs of the needs of the client requiring atypical optical prescriptions
Topic 2: Determine the criteria influencing dispensing procedures for atypical prescriptions
Topic 3: Dispense a range of atypical prescriptions

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text


System for Ophthalmic Dispensing: Clifford W Brooks, Irvin M Borish (available online through Blackboard)

Other Resources

  • Evidence Portfolio Year
  • Essential knowledge: Visual physiology, Light, Prism, Spherical Lenses, Astigmatic Lenses, Lens Design, Multifocal Lenses, Contact Lenses
  • PowerPoint Summary
  • Additional learning materials available through Learning Hub
  • 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 will all self-assessment checklists in the learner guide and that you have completed the online self assessment quiz.

1. Complete online test titled HLTOPD404C Formal Quiz. These questions may consist of true or false, multiple choice or short answer questions. In order to pass you need to correctly answer 70% of the questions. You must complete the quiz by the date publish on Blackboard.
2. Refer to your Evidence Portfolio and carefully read and complete Item 11. An RMIT University assessor will assess you on these items during a work-based assessment and during your compulsory attendance in Year 1. In addition your work assessor will include a range of verbal questions to ask during these assessments. These questions will cover essential knowledge from HLTOPD404C. 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 range of Case Studies that focus on dispensing Atypical Prescriptions, these will be posted on Blackboard along with the Due date. 
4. At the end of the unit you will be required to submit a theory assignment that will include short answers, true or false, case studies, equations and other types of questions. This assignment will be posted online after Full Time students have completed all HLTOPD404C content learning and after attendance at Cluster 5 for groups that complete block learning.

Assessment dues dates for your group will be posted on Blackboard
Please note that you will need to demonstrate competency in all these assessments tasks in order to achieve competency for this unit.

Assessment Matrix


National Unit Title:                                                                                       

                       Dispense atypical prescriptions

National Unit Code:  HLTOPD404C

Assessment Tasks

Elements/ PCs

Required Knowledge


Required Skills


Critical aspects of assessment











Final Theory Assignment


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4


2.1, 2.2, 2.3

3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.7






1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.26.5, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2, 3, 4, 5

Points: 1, 3




1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4


3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7






Points: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3


Points: 1, 2, 4


LEP Items: 11.1, 11.4


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4











Points: 1, 2, 3, 4


Online Quiz

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.1, 2.3

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5









Points:  1, 3

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