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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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