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DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF NEW ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION [PLEASE USE A SEPARATE FORM FOR EACH PROPOSED QUALIFICATION] NAME OF INSTITUTION: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) SECTION A: HEQF INFORMATION REQUIRED A1 Full title of proposed qualification. Bachelor of Optometry A2 Abbreviation of title. B.Optom. A3 HEQF qualification type Professional Bachelor’s Degree A4 NQF exit level of qualification. NQF 8 A5 Credits: Give total for qualification as well as number of Total: 480 credits credits at each NQF level. NQF 5: 96 NQF 6: 140 NQF 7: 122 NQF 8: 122 A6 Designator (for degrees only) Optometry A7 If designator is not Arts, Commerce, Science or Social Consistent with: 1 order CESM Category: 09 (Health st Science, indicate with which first or second order CESM categories the proposed designator is Professions and Related Clinical Sciences) consistent. and 2 order CESM category 0909 (Optometry) nd A8 Qualifier 1 (state the field of specialisation). Optometry nd A9 Qualifier 2 (If an optional 2 qualifier is used state the N/A field of specialisation). nd A10 Indicate in which second or third order CESM Qualifier 1: 0909: Optometry (2 order CESM categories (a) Qualifier 1’s field of specialisation falls, category) and/or rd and (b) Qualifier 2’s field of specialisation fall. 090901: Optometry (3 order CESM category) A11 Indicate what % of the curriculum for the amended Qualifier 1: 56% qualification falls into (a) Qualifier 1’s field of specialisation, and (b) Qualifier 2’s field of Qualifier 2: N/A specialisation. Use the HEMIS credit values of courses for this calculation. A12 Indicate what % of the curriculum for the FINAL YEAR Qualifier 1: 94% of the amended qualification falls into (a) Qualifier 1’s field of specialisation, and (b) Qualifier 2’s field of specialisation. Use the HEMIS credit values of courses for this calculation. A13 Indicate what the institution’s minimum admission For admission to the Professional Degree in requirements for the existing qualification will be. Optometry the following is required: For the old Senior Certificate with University exemption (Grade 12) or its equivalent (NQF Level 4), at least a C symbol on Higher Grade, or a B symbol on Standard Grade in Biology/Physiology, Physical Science and Mathematics Or For applicants with a post-2008 National Senior Certificate: The National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi (or equivalent) with an achievement rating of 4 (Moderate Achievement: 50-59%) or better in Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Life Sciences plus a 5 in Life Orientation and their language of learning and teaching, and a 4 in one or more further subjects, one of which should be another recognized/official South African language. In addition to the minimum admission requirements applicants may also be required to undergo a structured personal interview and a colour vision assessment. The results of these evaluations determine access to the programme. SECTION B: HEMIS INFORMATION REQUIRED B1 HEMIS qualification type 46: Professional First Bachelor’s Degree nd B2 Major fields of study by second or third order CESM 0909: Optometry (2 order) rd category. 090901: Optometry (3 order) B3 HEMIS course level of majors in final year of study 03: Higher undergraduate B4 HEMIS minimum total time. 4 years B5 HEMIS minimum experiential time 0 B6 Indicate the total subsidy units 4.0 B7 Indicate the funding level of proposed qualification. 1 SECTION C: PQM INFORMATION REQUIRED C1 Explain how the proposed qualification relates to the The B Optom is a new qualification in an approved university's approved PQM. Is it (a) a new qualification cell but in an existing second order (090901) in a new cell in the PQM grid (b) a new qualification in CESM category. an approved cell, (c) a new qualification in an approved cell but in a new second order CESM category? C2 Indicate if the proposed qualification will be replacing The new qualification will replace the B.Tech any existing qualifications on the approved PQM and qualification typically associated with former if so list these qualifications with expected end dates. Technikon training, and currently being phased out at institutions of higher learning. The B.Tech Optometry was not offered at CPUT but permission for its offering had been granted (2005). C3 Indicate what the delivery mode of the new Full face-to-face contact qualification will be. C4 Indicate on what campuses or sites of delivery the new qualification will be offered. CPUT Cape Town Campus SECTION D: BRIEF JUSTIFICATION OF APPLICATION The introduction of an optometry academic programme is congruent with the vision of CPUT to be at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa. The introduction of a comprehensive programme in optometry will further contribute to the mission of CPUT which is to develop and sustain an empowering environment where, through teaching, learning, research and scholarship our learners and staff, in partnership with the community and industry, are able to create and apply knowledge that contributes to development. Specifically, the thrust of the programme will be on health care and health promotion which will promoted in close collaboration with the Western Cape community as well as in partnership with the optical industry. Optometry is considered to be at the forefront of primary health care in South Africa and in the world. As a Profession, it has embraced public health issues and medical science as part of its strategic objective of providing quality eyecare for all the citizens of South Africa. Science and technology, which are an integral part of an optometry programme, are complemented by essential medical and health sciences in order to prepare the graduates to have a positive impact on the nation. The highly sophisticated diagnostic procedures and techniques will be at the forefront of research and development in eye care and contribute to ongoing research which can be applied to eye care in both the public and private sectors. The overall focus of the programme will be on the delivery of eyecare and related health promotion with particular reference to the public health sector. It will also aim to deliver diagnostic and therapeutic eye care to complement the local health provision in regional hospitals and clinics. CPUT and the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences have, as their mission, the objective to produce graduates with competitively up-to-date career-focused education together with life-long learning skills and competencies. In order to obtain this goal, we nurture the creation and application of new knowledge through learning and research to enable our learners to be responsive, firstly, to the needs of society, and, secondly, to address the needs of industry. The lack of an optometry programme has been identified as a significant factor in the lack in provision of eye care services in the Western Cape region. In a proactive attempt, CPUT realises the need for a Bachelor of Optometry degree in order to provide highly-skilled professional optometrists to contribute to the growth and development in the optometric industry and the public health sector. Furthermore the optometry programme will complement the highly successful National Diploma in Optical Dispensing and provide much needed health care professions to serve the needs of the patients locally and nationally. In order to provide a meaningful contribution to eye care in the region, CPUT subscribes to the view that it is essential for us to work in close co-operation and involvement with the community and local authorities in order to contribute towards its continued development. CPUT aims to use its highly developed teaching and research capacity as a resource for the local community, contributing to the alleviation of economic and social problems through the provision of sight to those communities most reliant on this critical aspect of life. For this purpose, optometry as a discipline is unrivalled in its ability to improve the quality of human life, with great potential to contribute to health-promotion and education related to the needs of the community. CERTIFICATION BY INSTITUTION THAT APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY SENATE AND/OR COUNCIL DATE: 15 March 2010 SIGNED: DESIGNATION: Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic Curriculum Note: Please note that the curriculum in the application is as approved by the HPCSA. The first four pages are appended below to indicate the progression from level to level. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE: YEAR 1: (BACHELOR OF OPTOMETRY) MODULE/COURSE NQF SAQA HEMIS CESM NAME LEVEL CREDITS CREDITS CATEGORY Dispensing Optics 1 5 10 0.104 090901 Mathematics & Statistics 5 10 0.104 150101 General Anatomy and Physiology 5 12 0.125 130402 General Physics 5 12 0.125 140701 Geometric and Physical Optics 5 10 0.104 140706 Ophthalmic Lenses 1 5 10 0.104 140706 Chemistry 5 12 0.125 140401 Biochemistry 5 10 0.104 130201 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology 5 10 0.104 130809 TOTAL YEAR ONE 96 1.0 YEAR 2: (BACHELOR OF OPTOMETRY) NQF SAQA HEMIS CESM MODULE/COURSE NAME LEVEL CREDITS CREDITS CATEGORY Psychology 6 15 0.107 180101 Visual Optics 6 25 0.178 130809 Ophthalmic Lenses 2 6 20 0.143 140706 Environmental Optics and 6 20 0.143 130809 Community Optometry Dispensing Optics 2 6 20 0.143 090901 Ocular Pathology 6 25 0.178 090744 Practice Management and Ethics 6 15 0.107 090901 TOTAL YEAR TWO 140 1.0 YEAR 3: (BACHELOR OF OPTOMETRY) (Major subjects indicated in bold) NQF SAQA HEMIS CESM MODULE/COURSE NAME LEVEL CREDITS CREDITS CATEGORY Clinical Optometry 1 7 30 0.246 090901 Contact Lenses and Practice 1 7 22 0.181 090901 Diagnosis and Management of 090901 / 7 24 0.198 Ocular Disease 090744 Ocular Pharmacology 7 10 0.082 130901 Binocular Vision 1 7 10 0.082 090901 Public Health Optometry 7 8 0.065 090901 Microbiology for Optometry 7 8 0.065 130501 Applied Research Methods for Health 7 10 0.082 090901 Sciences TOTAL YEAR THREE 122 1.0 YEAR 4: (BACHELOR OF OPTOMETRY) (Major subjects indicated in bold) NQF SAQA HEMIS CESM MODULE/COURSE NAME LEVEL CREDITS CREDITS CATEGORY Clinical Optometry 2 8 20 0.164 090901 Paediatric Optometry 8 16 0.131 090901 Contact Lenses and Practice 2 8 20 0.164 090901 Binocular Vision 2 8 20 0.164 090901 Low Vision and Rehabilitative 8 18 0.148 090901 Optometry Clinical Medicine and Advanced 8 8 0.065 090744 Ocular Disease Neuro-Physiology of vision 8 8 0.065 090901 Research Publication for Health 8 12 0.099 090901 Sciences TOTAL YEAR FOUR 122 1.0 SUBJECT PREREQUISITES The following pre-requisite subjects must be passed before a learner will be admitted to the next level of study: SUBJECT PREREQUISITE SUBJECT DISPENSING OPTICS 1 SEMESTER 1 MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS 1 YEAR GENERAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY ST GENERAL PHYSICS GEOMETRIC AND PHYSICAL OPTICS OPHTHALMIC LENSES 1 CHEMISTRY OCULAR ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY BIOCHEMISTRY SUBJECT PREREQUISITE SUBJECT PSYCHOLOGY VISUAL OPTICS OPHTHALMIC LENSES 2 OPHTHALMIC LENSES 1 YEAR ENVIRONMENTAL OPTICS AND COMMUNITY OPTOMETRY OPTICS 2 DISPENSING OPTICS 2 DISPENSING OPTICS 1 ND 2 OCULAR PATHOLOGY OCULAR ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AND ETHICS SUBJECT PREREQUISITE SUBJECT CLINICAL OPTOMETRY I VISUAL OPTICS 2 CONTACT LENSES AND PRACTICE I DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF OCULAR DISEASE OCULAR PATHOLOGY YEAR OCULAR PHARMACOLOGY OCULAR PATHOLOGY BINOCULAR VISION I RD VISUAL OPTICS 2 3 PUBLIC HEALTH OPTOMETRY PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AND ETHICS MICROBIOLOGY FOR OPTOMETRY APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES SUBJECT PREREQUISITE SUBJECT CLINICAL OPTOMETRY 2 CLINICAL OPTOMETRY I PAEDIATRIC OPTOMETRY BINOCULAR VISION I CONTACT LENSES AND PRACTICE 2 CONTACT LENSES AND PRACTICE I BINOCULAR VISION 2 BINOCULAR VISION I YEAR LOW VISION AND REHABILITATIVE OPTOMETRY CLINICAL OPTOMETRY I TH CLINICAL MEDICINE AND ADVANCED DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF 4 OCULAR DISEASE OCULAR DISEASE DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF NEURO-PHYSIOLOGY OF VISION OCULAR DISEASE RESEARCH PUBLICATION FOR HEALTH APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS FOR SCIENCES HEALTH SCIENCES Rules of promotion Learners are promoted to a subsequent year of study if they have met the prerequisites. Learners retain credit for all subjects passed. Learners may not register for subject combinations that lead to timetable clashes. Learners, who are prevented from re-registration, may appeal to the Faculty Board Executive, provided there is proof of extenuating circumstances that have prevented the learner from completing the required number of subjects in the maximum time allowed. Such appeals must be made in writing to the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, within ten working days of having been notified by the Institution that he/she is not permitted to re- register.
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