Academic Skills Development (20 credits)
This module introduces students to the concepts of academic writing and information management, life-long learning, academic and professional development, and reflective practice using the University’s VLE. The content will include accessing and critically evaluating information/evidence. The students will discuss the University plagiarism policy
Understanding Evidence-Based Practice (20 credits)
This module will expose students to methods used when systematically examining the evidence used in our working practice. The content of the module will include the nature of evidence-based work practices and how audit and the research process can be used to explore problems. Research appraisal skills will be practised, using a published framework, to enhance the efficacy of a more analytical approach to the use of research findings and to interpret and challenge manufacturers’ in-house research findings.
Transforming Ophthalmic Practice (20 credits)
The module aims to enable students to review service delivery in their practice environment and to critically evaluate a pilot or small-scale development initiative which will enhance service provision. Students will develop a project aimed at improving service delivery. This will include making use of SWOT analysis, Gantt charts, workplace audits and liaise with stakeholders. This module will also develop project management skills.
Likely optional modules
Paediatric Care in Ophthalmic Practice (20 credits)
As this is a protected category for dispensing opticians, the module aims to provide students with a detailed understanding and knowledge of how sight testing and paediatric dispensing differs from adult dispensing; including specialist fitting of optical appliances for those children with additional needs.
Principles of Contact Lens Practice (20 credits)
The module will allow students to critically evaluate the choice and uses of RGP, soft and scleral contact lens types and the comparative use of spectacle lenses that may be encountered by the dispensing optician in practice. Therapeutic uses of contact lenses, used for patients with low vision and fitting philosophies for rigid and soft lenses are explored. Techniques for insertion and removal of all types of contact lenses, and purposes and types of care regimes and common constituents in solutions uses are all considered. It is an ideal preparatory module for those students considering becoming a contact lens optician, and for current practitioners to obtain a greater critical understanding of the products they are providing their patients.
Principles of Low Vision Practice (20 credits)
Following this module, students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology and assessment in low vision, the application of biopsychosocial models to the management of those with low vision. Students will be better equipped for the increasing number of visually impaired patients they come into contact with in practice. It will provide an excellent introduction, that may lead students on to studying toward the Associations Low Vision Certificate.
Independent Study (20 credits)
You will be able to undertake a study on a topic of interest, applied to an area of professional practice. You to enhance your knowledge on a range of graduate attributes, moving on from the initial module of Understanding Evidence-Based Practice. You will become more familiar with identifying and understanding research and being able to apply it to your everyday practice as a Dispensing Optician. This will help you become better, more enquiring and well-informed practitioners for the benefit of your patients.
Concepts of Ophthalmic Public Health (20 credits)
You will explore and understand the wider public health agenda and will undertake a critical review and analysis of an ophthalmic issue in public health. You will work on producing an academic poster on a local enhanced eyecare pathway.
Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disorders (20 credits)
Dry eye has become a common symptom reported by patients, and there is a varied aetiology. This module aims to cover the current theories of the tears film and will look to compare traditional tear tears to modern techniques for dry eye assessment and treatment. You will explore current workshop groups such as DEWS and DEWS II, and therefore critique the latest dry eye and ocular surface research and recommendations for suitable treatments and products available to patients.