Course Title: Process and manage optical appliance orders

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: OPSC5063C

Course Title: Process and manage optical appliance orders

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: 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


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use specialised optical knowledge to place, check and service orders for spectacle frames and lenses.
This unit applies to optical dispensers who work according to prescriptions provided by optometrists or ophthalmologists.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOPD005 Process and manage optical appliance orders


1. Place optical appliance orders

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret and transpose optical prescriptions

1.2 Identify and follow up on discrepancies

1.3 Complete ordering procedures using correct optical terminology and documentation

1.4 Respond to technical queries about optical appliance orders


2. Check optical appliance orders

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Verify details of order received against client record

2.2 Organise required equipment and materials

2.3 Check the spectacles on the focimeter to identify and verify powers, axes and centration

2.4 Determine any axis or centring error and apply Australian standards tolerances

2.5 Check lens surface for scratching and aberrations

2.6 Adjust frames to standard alignment and check for strain as appropriate

2.7 Clean spectacles using cleaning agents suited to the material

2.8 Fit appliances from checked orders to client


3. Service optical orders

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify maintenance and adjustment requirements for optical appliances

3.2 Make minor repairs and identify when work needs to be referred to specialist frame repairer

3.3 Make standard frame adjustments to optical appliances

3.4 Fit and edge lenses according to scope of own job role and organisation requirements


4. Maintain equipment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Clean equipment and attachments in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations and infection control procedures

4.2 Complete routine maintenance procedures on equipment in accordance with manufacturer's requirements

4.3 Store equipment and attachments in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations and organisation policies and 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



Edge & Fit  


Topics covered

HLTOPD004 Edge and fit ophthalmic appliances

HLTOPD005 Process and manage optical appliance orders




1.30pm to 4.30pm


Learning tools / Notes


26/03/18 -06/04/18







Friday 27/04

Focimetry Checked at least 10 different orders using focimeter, other equipment and standard checking processes

Neutralisation introduction


Continue learning of the focimeter from marking up of SV lenses

Friday 04/05


Frame measurement systems, including boxing and datum

Position of wear measurements

  • BVD
  • Pantoscopic tilt

Facial wrap


Friday 11/05

Nature of vacuum coatings on lenses, including:

  • absorptive (tinted) coatings
  • handling, cleaning and care of coatings
  • manufacturing processes (CR Surfacing od Fri 23/06)
  • multiple layer anti-reflection (AR) coatings
  • single AR coating
  • surface reflections and ghost images

filter and tinted lens processes






AR manufacturing processes (CR Surfacing visit)

Friday 18/05

Calculated minimum size uncut (MSU) using centration chart and by calculation to allow for PD and decentration for prism


Decentration and MSU exercises


Friday 25/05

Manufacturers transmission curves and how to interpret them

  • transmission and absorption data and how to interpret
  •  interpreted transmission and absorption data including manufacturer’s transmission curves
  • Australian standards
  • transmission testing including equipment and instrumentation, equipment limitations and Australian standards

Scope of metal and plastic frame material including:

  • heating
  • manipulation
  • adjusting
  • handling  
  • repair



Thursday 31/05

Edged and fitted lenses, including:

  • single vision  
  • bifocal and/or progressive


Edging and fitting techniques for single vision and bifocal/progressive lenses

Edge 1 pair of SV toric lenses to a metal frame


Hand make template

(Scissor and file)

Friday 01/06

Transposed at least 10 different prescriptions


Thursday 14/06



Friday 15/06



Thursday 22/06



Friday 29/06



Thursday 05/07



Introduce: End of day maintenance program where half the class clean the equipment on a rotational basis

Edging and fitting techniques for single vision and bifocal/progressive lenses scope of routine maintenance for optical equipment

workplace processes for equipment maintenance:

  • routine checking of equipment
  • preparation of maintenance program  


Friday 06/07


Used problem solving techniques in reducing unwanted vertical and/or horizontal prism and rectifying off-axis lenses

Thursday 12/07


Identified completed spectacle lens thickness



Friday 13/07


Properties of lenses:

  • Curve selection and thickness considerations
  • Australian standards requirements  

NB have lab explain their criteria around base curve selection and practice /dispenser `s selection of base curve

Thursday 19/07


Impact resistant safety lenses including:

  • advantages and disadvantages
  • Australian standards for both general purpose and industrial use
  • evaluation of materials including glass, CR-39 (allyl diglycol carbonate), trivex, higher index plastics, polycarbonate and laminates
  • impact resistance  


Friday 20/07


Standard nylon rims including:

The equipment needed, lens glazing and grooving techniques, automatic edging processes including:

machine designs and operation

Thursday 26/07


Drilled rimless frames including mounts and rimless types and equipment needed scope of metal and plastic frame material including:

  • heating
  • manipulation
  • adjusting
  • handling
  • repair  

Friday 27/07



Thursday 03/08


Friday 04/08 to 

Friday 21/09





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

  • System for Ophthalmic Dispensing by C Brooks & I Borish
    (Online resource available through Blackboard)

  • Essentials of Ophthalmic Lens Finishing by Clifford W. Brooks
    (Online resource available through Blackboard)
  • PowerPoint Summary

  • Additional learning materials available through CANVAS

  • 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

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

You will be required to complete a range of practical edging and fitting tasks, hand skills and repairs tasks and neutralisation tasks.

Assessment due dates:


Evidence Log:  1st submission 02. 07.18;  2nd submission 01.11.18


Online assessment: Edge & Fit:  07/09/18


10 Practical tasks:  28.09.18


11 Practical repair tasks:  28.09.18

Assessment Matrix

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