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Page: 31 GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY PS1 Programme Specification Pro-forma 1. GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Programme Title: Optometry 2. Final Award: BSc/BSc (Hons) 3. Exit Awards: Certificate in HE, Diploma HE 4. Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University 5. Approval Date: Currently Running 6. School: School of Life Sciences 7. Host Division: Vision Sciences 8. UCAS Code: B510 9. PSB Involvement: General Optical Council 10. Place of Delivery: Glasgow Caledonian University 11. Subject Benchmark Statement: Optometry 12. Dates of PS Preparation/Revision: May 2003 2. EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME The educational aims of the programme at different exit points should be given To provide a broad and balanced foundation of optometric knowledge. To develop practical optometric and ophthalmic skills. To develop in students the ability to apply their optometric knowledge and clinical skills to the solution of theoretical and clinical problems in optometry. To enable students to make valid clinical judgements. To instil in students a sense of enthusiasm for optometry and thus to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying. To foster, through the medium of an education in optometry, a range of transferable skills of value for the pre-registration year. To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of optometry in a clinical, economic and social context. To provide students with a knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialised areas of optometry. To assist the student in developing the skills required to adapt to changing needs of patients. To give students confidence in themselves and in their abilities. To give students the role of eye care with both primary and secondary care. Degree Exit Award Objective: By the end of the unclassified degree programme a student will be able to carry out appropriate standard scientific techniques and methodologies in response to the specification of a given optometric problem, and present the results, findings and conclusions in a clear and reasoned manner. Honours Exit Award Objective: By the end of the Honours degree programme, the student will, in addition, be able to analysis a familiar or unfamiliar optometric problem in preparation for the pre-registration year. Page: 32 3. INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES – the programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas: Preamble The development of this programme has been informed by: Glasgow Caledonian University Documents as follows: Strategic Plan 2001, July 2001, 2002 Admissions Policy and General Entrance Requirement, April 2001 Programme Specification – Pro Forma and Guidance March 2001 University Assessment Regulations 2002 University Assessment Regulations – Appendices December 2002 Learning Teaching and Assessment Strategy 2000-2004 (LTAS) LTAS Action Plan 2002/2003 Learner Support and Guidance Policy June 2001 Learner Support and Guidance Policy – Implementation Plan June 2001 QAA Documents as follows: Optometry benchmarking statement 2002 3A Knowledge and Understanding A1 Explain essential facts, concepts, principles and theories of optometry. A2 Understand the principles and areas of applicability of a range of data acquisition and data handling techniques. A3 Understand the properties and characteristics of optometric techniques and instrumentation. A4 Understand the theoretical, practical and quality assurance implications required to make a valid clinical measurement: to understand the clinical significance of change. A5 Understand the properties and characteristics of ocular diseases. A6 Recognise the importance and range of applicability of oral, written and computer based communication techniques. 3A7 Teaching, learning and assessment methods used to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated: Lecturers: Tutorials and Seminars both tutor and student lead; anatomy/physiological optics and clinical laboratories; Clinical assessment of the visual needs of patients; Directed study; Coursework assignments; Case studies; Problem based learning scenarios; and Honours year project. 3A8 Assessment: Unseen written examinations; Coursework assignments; Class tests; Presentations; Clinical assessments; Demonstrations; Practical laboratory work; Laboratory notebooks; Project; Written reports, oral presentations and posters; Clinical log books. 3B Intellectual Skills: B1 Develop strategies for the solution of practical optometric problems of a familiar or standard nature. B2 Ability to analyse novel optometric problems in the clinic and thus plan strategies for their solution. Page: 33 B3 Make a reasoned choice from a range of strategies and techniques identified in B1 or B2 as to which is the most appropriate taking into account all the known circumstances. B4 Selection of appropriate data acquisition and manipulation techniques to satisfy a given problem. B5 Plan, conduct and report upon work carried out by themselves. B6 Critically evaluate work undertaken by themselves and others. B7 Review critically research material from a variety of sources. 3B8 Teaching, learning and assessment methods used to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated: Lecturers; Tutorials and Seminars both tutor and student lead; Practical clinical work in the Eye Clinic; Computer practicals, both supervised and directed; Directed study; Use of study packs; Coursework assignments; Case studies; Problem based learning scenarios; Mini-projects and Honours year project. 3B9 Assessment: Unseen written examinations; Coursework assignments; Class tests; Presentations; Computer based exercises; Demonstrations; Practical laboratory work; Clinical assessments; Projects; Written reports, oral presentations and posters. Page: 34 3C Prof essi onal / Prac tical Skill s C1 S k il l s i n t h e a s s e s s m e n t o f v i s i o n a n d v i s i o n f u n c t Page: 35 i o n i n p r i m a r y c a r e , i n c l u d i n g t h e m a n a g e m e n t o f o c u l a r d i s e a s e . Page: 36 C2 S k il l s i n t h e a s s e s s m e n t a n d m a n a g e m e n t o f v i s i o n i n c h il d r e n , t h Page: 37 e e l d e r l y , t h o s e w i t h l o w v i s i o n , c o n t a c t l e n s f i t t i n g a n d p r a c Page: 38 t i c e , b i n o c u l a r v i s i o n a n o m a li e s , c o l o u r v i s i o n d e f i c i e n c y . C3 S k il l s Page: 39 i n t h e p r a c t i c a l a p p li c a t i o n o f a r a n g e o f s t a t i s t i c a l , q u a li t y a Page: 40 s s u r a n c e , a n d c o m p u t a t i o n a l t e c h n i q u e s u s e d i n t h e a c q u i s i t i o n Page: 41 a n d t r e a t m e n t o f e x p e r i m e n t a l d a t a . C4 Abilit y to inter pret expe rime ntal data in term s of their signi fican ce and the unde rlyin g theo ry. C5 Abilit y to disp Page: 42 ense optic al appli ance s inclu ding safet y devi ces. C6 Skill s in clinic al diag nosi s and kno wled ge on the signi fican ce of chan ge: clinic al reco rd keep ing. C7 A b il i t y t o m a k e a p r o f e Page: 43 s s i o n a l j u d g e m e n t b e t w e e n t h e m e r i t s o f p a r t i c u l a r e x p l a n a t i o n s , Page: 44 a r g u m e n t s a n d p o s i t i o n s l e a d i n g t o t h e m a k i n g o f a r e a s o n e d c Page: 45 h o i c e b e t w e e n t h e m . 3C8 Tea chin g and lear ning met hod s use d to ena ble outc ome s to be achi eve d and dem onst rate d:- Tuto rials and Sem inars both tutor and stud ent lead; Prac tical Page: 46 opto metr y in the Eye Clini c (C1 to C7 inclu sive) ; Cour sew ork assi gnm ents (C4 to C7); Sup ervis ed proje cts (C1 to C7); Prac tical work with opto metri c instr ume ntati on (C1 to C7). 3C9 Ass ess men t:- Uns een writt en exa mina tions ; Prac Page: 47 tical clinic al asse ssm ents in Prim ary Care ; Cour sew ork assi gnm ents; Clas s tests ; Pres entat ions; Com pute r base d exer cise s; Dem onstr ation s; Prac tical labor atory work ; Labo rator y note book s; Proj ect; Writt en repo rts, oral pres entat ions and post Page: 48 ers; Clini cal log book . 3D Tran sfer able /Key Skill s:- D1 Application of time management and organisational skills as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement effi D2 Independent working and taking responsibility for individual learning, laying the basis for continuing professiona D3 Communication skills including listening, written and oral skills, and use of computer based presentation packa D4 Extension of communication skills in D3 to the presentation of knowledge, ideas or an argument in a way which D5 Interpersonal skills relating to the ability to interact with other people as evidenced by effective team performan D6 Problem solving skills relating to familiar and standard problem types. D7 Extension of problem solving skills in D6 to novel and unfamiliar problems and situations where evaluations ha D8 Numeracy and computational skills including such aspects as the clinical significance of change and the perform D9 Information technology skills such as effective use of word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and related packa D10 Information retrieval skills in relation to primary and secondary sources including computer database searches 3D1 1 Tea chin g and lear ning met hod s use d to ena ble outc ome s to be achi eve d and dem onst rate d:- Tran sfera ble/k Page: 49 eys skills are gene rally incor pora ted withi n mod ules and relat ed to relev ant asse ssm ents as appr opria te. Exa mple s of strat egie s inclu de: Cour sew ork assi gnm ents invol ving unde rtaki ng a signi fican t elem ent of inde pend ent stud y and the carry ing out Page: 50 of asso ciate d pract ical task s (i.e. eye exa mina tion in the Eye Clini c, D3, D4, D7). Stud ents are thus requi red to deve lop inde pend ent resp onsi bility and time man age ment skills and displ ay IT skills , to com plete the assi gnm ent succ essf ully (D1, D2, D3 and Page: 51 D10) . Som e cour sew orks will also requi re com pete nce in num erac y and com putat ional skills and in infor mati on retri eval skills (D8 and D9). Proj ect work inclu des the Hon ours year proje ct (D1 to D10) . 3D1 2 Ass ess men t: Uns een Page: 52 writt en exa mina tions ; Cour sew ork assi gnm ents; Clas s tests ; Pres entat ions; Com pute r base d exer cise s; Dem onstr ation s; Prac tical labor atory work ; Labo rator y note book s; Proj ect; Writt en repo rts, oral pres entat ions and post ers, Clini cal log book Page: 53 s. 3D1 3 L e a r n i n g a n d T e a c h i n g ( L T A S - L e a r n i n g a n d T e a c h i n g A s s Page: 54 e s s m e n t S t r a t e g y ) Clini c a l T e a c h i n g This area of our teac hing, whic h is pivot al in a prog ram me of this natu re, atte mpts to provi de the stud ent with Page: 55 the mea ns to deve lop soun d clinic al pract ice built from a thor ough unde rstan ding of the scie ntific princ iples unde rlyin g the disci pline . A broa d view is take n of what cons titute s the pract ice of opto metr y and prof essi onal pers pecti ves are emp hasi sed. The Eye Page: 56 Clini c, whic h is regis tere d with the Nati onal Heal th Serv ice (Gre ater Glas gow Prim ary Care NHS Trus t) and open to the publi c, allo ws stud ents to exa mine patie nts unde r supe rvisi on. Thes e patie nts are eithe r volu ntee rs (for third year stud ents) Page: 57 or "real " patie nts who have eithe r refer red them selv es or who have been refer red by local pract ition ers. The provi sion of this clinic is fund ame ntal for the teac hing of opto metr y. The clinic , whic h was com plete ly reloc ated in 1993 , is set to reloc ate Page: 58 agai n in 2003 to fulfil the wide r need s of cam pus deve lopm ent. The futur e clinic will be hous ed in the grou nd and first floor s of the nort h wing of the Gov an Mbe ki Build ing on cam pus clos e to the pre mise s pres ently occu pied by the Dep artm ent Page: 59 of Visio n Scie nce. The amo unt of spac e affor ded to the new clinic is simil ar to that give n to the curr ent clinic (715 squa re mete rs) Clini cal teac hing start s in seco nd year and incre ases into third year and fourt h year s of the prog ram me. The over all Page: 60 aims of clinic al teac hing are to stim ulate awar enes s of the opto metri c probl ems and requi rem ents of patie nts, to equi p stud ents with the abilit y to cond uct appr opria te inve stiga tions , to deve lop patie nt inter actio n and com muni catio n skills , to mak e Page: 61 appr opria te clinic al deci sion s base d on the evid ence avail able and to enge nder soun d clinic al man age ment of patie nts. The prog ram me of clinic al teac hing is cond ucte d in two phas es. The initia l phas e conc entr ates on the deve lopm ent of Page: 62 pract ical, clinic al skills - mea sure ment tech niqu es enco unte red in refra ction , bino cular visio n asse ssm ent, opto metri c inve stiga tion, cont act lens es and the use of opht halm ic drug s. By the begi nnin g of the third year, stud ents will have learn ed and Page: 63 pass ed exa mina tions in core com pete ncie s on the basi c conc epts fund ame ntal to clinic al work . The optic s of the eye and the occu rren ce, deve lopm ent and corr ectio n of refra ctive error s, for exa mple , will have been dealt with exte nsiv ely in Visu al Opti cs Page: 64 and Opto metri c Refr actio n, wher eas a very soun d grou ndin g in Diag nosti c Tech niqu es is com plete d in seco nd year. Sec ond And Thir d Year Clini cal Teac hing In seco nd year clinic al teac hing is cont aine d in the pract ical work Page: 65 in the mod ules Opto metri c Refr actio n and Diag nosti c Tech niqu es. In third year, the nor mal eye and phys iolog ical varia tions from the nor m are fully cove red in Clini cal Stud ies, whils t the asso ciate d meth ods of opto metri c inve stiga tion are dealt with Page: 66 as an integ ral part of the prog ram me. Prac tical work in this early phas e of clinic al teac hing conc entr ates on work with two grou ps of patie nts, stud ent colle ague s and seni or citiz ens. Initia lly stud ents use each othe r as 'pati ents' and a num ber of seni or Page: 67 citiz ens (volu ntee r patie nts) atten d thro ugho ut the year, thus allo wing stud ents to deve lop their clinic al skills in mea sure ment tech niqu es: pract ical disp ensi ng of spec tacle fram es is intro duce d at this point . 'Real ' patie nts are intro duce d next, abou t half- Page: 68 way thro ugh the sess ion. The Eye Clini c has deve lope d an envir onm ental visio n servi ce wher e VDU oper ative s and patie nts requi ring safet y spec tacle s are sent by their empl oyer s for an eye exa mina tion: patie nts refer red for this servi ce are seen by third Page: 69 year stud ents from the seco nd sem ester onw ards. Stud ents are form ally intro duce d to the conc epts of com muni catio n betw een the patie nt and the pract ition er and impo rtant elem ents of inter viewi ng withi n the struc ture of an eye exa mina tion are appr aise d. Page: 70 Asse ssm ent of pract ical clinic al work in this phas e will be conti nuou sly base d on the regul ar, timet able d clinic al sess ions thro ugho ut the year. Asse ssm ent is brok en dow n into the follo wing area s: obje ctive refra ction , subj ectiv e refra ction , Page: 71 com muni catio n skills , visu al field s, opht halm osco py inclu ding Volk lens es, disp ensi ng, tono metr y and slit lamp biom icros copy . Four t h Y e a r C l i n i c a l T e a c h i n g Page: 72 In the fourt h year of the prog ram me the emp hasi s shift s towa rds a broa der unde rstan ding of clinic al work . At this point stud ents cond uct eye exa mina tions , unde r supe rvisi on, on mem bers of the gene ral publi c. The sour ce of thes e Page: 73 patie nts is two- fold: som e (the majo rity) com e to have an eye exa mina tion, the othe rs are refer red for furth er opto metri c asse ssm ent by local pract ition ers, opht halm ologi sts and GPs. The Eye Clini c now has a large data base of patie nts on file. A Page: 74 good deal of clinic al teac hing occu rs in two half mod ules - Gen eral Opto metri c Prac tice spre ad over both sem ester s. The clinic al teac hing in this later phas e ther efor e focu ses on thre e main area s: 1 case evaluation and investigation strategy in the light of history and symptoms; 2 the acquisition of appropriate clinical data; 3 clinical decision making on the basis of (1) and (2). Stud ents Page: 75 at this stag e are work ing indiv idual ly with their own patie nts and, in conj uncti on with their supe rviso rs, follo wing case s thro ugh into over all clinic al man age ment and deci sion maki ng. They expe rienc e gene ral opto metr y case s, orth optic case s, child Page: 76 ren, low visio n patie nts and cont act lens fittin gs. Cas e semi nars and clinic al tutori als allo w stud ents the oppo rtunit y to pres ent and disc uss their thou ghts and findi ngs with their colle ague s at vario us stag es thro ugh the year. In the Spe cialt y Clini cs Page: 77 mod ule, stud ents gain expe rienc e in the spec ialis ed area s of elect roph ysiol ogy and infan t's visio n. As in the third year, asse ssm ent of pract ical clinic al work will be conti nuou s. Stud ents will be expe cted to prod uce seve ral case repo rts durin g the year Page: 78 in each of the area s of asse ssm ent, viz. Orth optic s. Low Visio n and Abn orm al Eye Con ditio ns, Infan t Visio n and Elect roph ysiol ogy. For clinic al area s wher e atten danc e and/ or com pleti on of docu ment ation are requi red by the Gen eral Opti Page: 79 cal Cou ncil a facto r will be impl eme nted into the cour se work mark ing sche mes to acco unt for thes e requi rem ents. At the time of sub miss ion such requi rem ents have not been finali sed by the Gen eral Opti cal Cou ncil. The Dep artm ent is very fortu Page: 80 nate to have the supp ort of local opht halm ologi sts who arra nge for stud ents to visit vario us local opht halm ologi cal clinic s, ward s and theat res. Curr ently , stud ents atten d clinic s and oper ating theat res at the Roy al Alex andr a Hos pital, Paisl ey, and Page: 81 Glas gow Roy al Infir mary . This provi sion enab les the stud ent to exa mine case s of abno rmal ocul ar cond ition s unde r the guid ance and instr uctio n of opht halm ologi sts. This arra nge ment give s a vivid pract ical dime nsio n to the teac hing of abno rmal ocul ar cond Page: 82 ition s, and also enab les our stud ents to inter act with medi cal staff and pract ices. Our servi ce for patie nts with low visio n has deve lope d cons idera bly over the past few year s. The clos e liais ons with Blind craft and the Res ourc e Cent re for Page: 83 Sen sory Impa ired Pers ons esta blish ed over man y year s and the grow ing publi city the Dep artm ent attra cts for its work in this area , have resul ted in large r num bers of patie nts bein g refer red here for Low Visio n asse ssm ent. In addit ion, in Page: 84 1985 a sche me was set up wher eby stud ents unde rtake the exa mina tion of patie nts at the Res ourc e Cent re for Sen sory Impa ired Pers ons. This sche me has the adva ntag e that stud ents provi de a servi ce for and inter act with patie nts ther e, and also Page: 85 have cont act with the staff (ma ny of who m are parti ally sight ed). This is a deve lopm ent of whic h we are prou d and it is a signi fican t stren gthe ning of our teac hing in this area . A servi ce for visio n teac hing in infan cy is offer ed in the Spe cial Page: 86 Nee ds clinic whic h is held wee kly. In this clinic thor ough eye exa mina tions are provi ded for infan ts aged from birth to four year s of age. In addit ion, som e hand icap ped indiv idual s who cann ot co- oper ate with routi ne visio n asse ssm ents are exa mine d in Page: 87 this clinic as simil ar equi pme nt and clinic ian expe rtise is requi red. It is hope d that this servi ce will deve lop furth er so that a sepa rate Spe cial Nee ds Clini c (SN C) can be held regul arly. A servi ce for teac hing the clinic al elect roph ysiol ogy of Page: 88 visio n is offer ed in the Elect rodia gnos tic Clini c whic h is held wee kly. This clinic offer s elect roret inogr ams, visu al evok ed pote ntial s and elect ro- ocul ogra ms to patie nts refer red by opht halm ologi sts, exter nal opto metri sts or from the Infan t Visio n Clini Page: 89 c. The patie nt load for this clinic has grow n slowl y sinc e its ince ption in 1993 . Dem onstr ation s and case histo ries are revie wed whe n no patie nts are sche dule d. A sepa rate clinic – the visu al stres s clinic – has been esta blish ed to exa mine and, wher Page: 90 e appr opria te man age, patie nts with visu al stres s. A varie ty of patie nts atten d thes e clinic s with readi ng diffic ultie s, visu al stres s from migr aine and relat ed mala dies. Pati ent/ Prac tition er Inter actio n It is now well recognised that in optometry, as in all allied health care professions, appropriate interaction between practitioner and patient is vital. Throughout this document, there are numerous references to the development of communication and interactive skills being an integral part of a particular module. The main formal element of teaching in this area is in the third year module Communication Skills. Lectures on theoretical concepts relating to communication, the structure and function of the optometric consultation, clinical communication, the needs of special patient groups and clinical decision making are interwoven with role- playing sessions and small- and large-group discussions. Students are then encouraged to practice their Page: 91 communication skills in parallel clinical subjects and to be reflective of their interactions with patients in the Eye Clinic. Learning and Teaching (LTAS- Learning and Teaching Assessment Strategy) The university places great emphasis on teaching and learning and has a LTAS policy which seeks to promote good practice. The primary aim of the LTAS in relation to the optometry programme is in accordance with the overall aim of the university which has the intention of equipping students with the necessary subject knowledge skills, attributes and confidence to enter employment, undertake further study and play a constructive and creative role in society. There are two strands – student related activities and staff related initiatives. Student related The Programme Board takes measures to monitor the learning experience of students while studying on the BSc Optometry and ensure that such is enriching and enjoyable and also meets the requirements of the Government, Professional and University bodies in relation to satisfactory completion of the programme. The university instituted a Communication and Information Technology (C&IT) skills course for first year students in 2000, leading to a certificate of C&IT competence. This continues to be administered fairly smoothly by incorporating the training sessions into the timetable. The Programme Board intends to continue to support this valuable feature of each student’s learning experience. An ever increasing amount of information concerning the development of ophthalmic materials and products can now be accessed by students using IT skills (CD-ROMs and various software packages). The Programme Board will continue to provide access for students so that they benefit from their C&IT skills in ways which allow further understanding of concepts and information in order to consolidate, and to enhance, the learning gained through the more traditional didactic approach. With the enhancement and development of well-rounded scholarly and clinical work, many personal transferable skills are imparted to students as part of the existing teaching and learning process on the programme. The Programme Board aims to encourage and facilitate the development of students' transferable skills in order to enhance their learning experiences. Staff related The Programme Board, through the Department of Vision Sciences, continues to encourage teaching staff to develop and maintain, where possible, a strong research profile. As well as underpinning teaching on the programmes in the department this facilitates a focusing of staff development in key priority areas. Seminars by staff involved in research provide colleagues with the opportunities for continuing professional development, (more detail on staff research is provided in chapter 4). Most members of the Programme Board maintain membership of professional bodies. These professions now have properly regulated CPD and, as members of these professions, staff are obliged to maintain their CPD credits. Many are also examiners for external bodies and acquire much vital information from these professional contacts. There is an extensive network of peer-support within the Department of Vision Sciences. This is predominantly informal, but works well is a small unit such as this and means that no staff member or teaching element is in any way isolated from the others. A separate chapter on the research activities of the Department of Vision Sciences, over the five year period of this review is given on Pages 25-30 in the “Supplementary Document. Page: 92 4. PROGRAMME STRUCTURES AND REQUIREMENTS, LEVELS, MODULES, CREDITS AND AWARDS [Details of length of programme, number of modules, number of hours of teaching, innovative features, etc] Preamble The programme follows the standard Glasgow Caledonian University structure for Undergraduate Awards, where each level consists of the equivalent of six full modules of 20 Scotcat points each. Half modules of 10 credits each are also permissible. An academic year consists of two semesters, with three full modules or equivalent offered and assessed in each semester. A semester is fifteen weeks in length, twelve teaching weeks followed by three examination/revision weeks. Each module represents 200 hours of student learning effort, including staff delivery contact. The contact hours are given in each module descriptor. SHE Level 1 Module Code Module Title Credit Potential Awards VISP103 Geometrical Optics 20 VISP110 Applied Optics for Optometrists 20 VISP114 Ocular Anatomy & Physiology I 20 VISP108 Fundamentals of Pathology & Pharmacology 10 VISP102 Visual Optics 20 VISP112 Ocular Anatomy & Physiology II 20 VISP109 Optometric Professional Studies 10 Certificate in HE (120 credits) SHE Level 2 Module Code Module Title Credit Potential Awards VISP218 General and Systemic Pathology 20 VISP208 Optometric Refraction 20 Page: 93 VISP209 Ophthalmic Materials 20 VISP213 Introductory Diagnostic Techniques 10 VISP216 Advanced Diagnostic Techniques 20 VISP217 Ocular Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents 10 VISP211 Binocular Vision 20 University Diploma HE (240 credits) SHE Level 3 Module Code Module Title Credit Potential Awards VISP356 Clinical Research Methods 10 VISP349 Clinical Studies 20 VISP359 Communication Skills & Dispensing 10 VISP360 Contact Lens Studies 20 VISP351 Introduction to Ocular Disease 10 VISP325 Physiological Optics 20 VISP357 Visual Ergonomics 10 VISP358 Clinical Ophthalmology 20 BSc in Vision Sciences (360 credits) SHE Level 4 Module Code Module Title Credit Potential Awards VISP433 Anomalies of Binocular Vision & Visual Development 20 VISP456 Speciality Clinics 20 VISP428 General Optometric Practice 20 VISP458 Ocular Therapeutics 10 VISP457 Shared Care of Ocular Disease 20 BSc in Optometry (450 credits) SHEH Module Code Module Title Credit Potential Awards VISP433 Anomalies of Binocular Vision & Visual Development 20 VISP456 Speciality Clinics 20 VISP428 General Optometric Practice 20 VISP429 Project 30 VISP458 Ocular Therapeutics 10 VISP457 Shared Care of Ocular Disease 20 BSc (Hons) in Optometry (480 credits) Page: 94 Page: 95 5. SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR LEARNING Induction programme Student handbook and module descriptors Project guidelines Poster presentation guidelines Caledonian Library and Information Technology Centre with access to other local and national library resources Study skills packages A personal tutor to assist with academic/personal issues Year tutors Student e-mail Open access to IT facilities Open access to tutorial staff including the programme organiser Access to Student Services Department which provides assistance and guidance Programme of Seminars and Visiting lecturer presentations Computer assisted learning facilities Hospital visits Professional body contacts Student representatives on the Programme Board Student representation on Senate and its standing Committees Student Staff Consultative Group Page: 96 Page: 97 6. CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of Glasgow Caledonian University in one of the following ways: Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Higher Grade, passes in five subjects at B, or equivalent. There must also be a pass in SCE ordinary level English and Mathematics. Recommended subjects two from Physics, Mathematics, Chemisty and Biology. GCE passes in five subjects of which three must be at Advanced Level or equivalent. The three Advanced Level passes to be B grade. There must also be a pass in GCE Standard Grade English and Mathematics. Recommended subjects are Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. An appropriate programme of SQA National Certificate Course Units equivalent to the requirements for the SCE entry above. ABDO pass at 60% will be considered for direct entry to level 2. Advanced GNVQ. Irish Leaving Certificate with five subjects passed at H level (at least grade B) or better, the passes to be equivalent to that required for SCE entry. International qualifications which are equivalent to the entry requirements for SCE Higher Grade entry. In such cases an appropriate EOSL pass is required. Mature and overseas students: Accumulation of credit points from other courses and from prior experiential learning may allow direct entry into the programme at an appropriate level, subject to satisfying the necessary pre-requisites for completion of the programme. Formal entry requirements may be relaxed for mature applicants, that is applicants over 21 years of age, whose record of educational achievement and relevant experience is deemed to be appropriate. Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate their competence in written and spoken English. All non-standard applicants will normally be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the programme. Additional requirements: None. Page: 98 7. METHODS FOR EVALUATING AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND STANDARDS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING Mechanisms for review and evaluation of teaching, learning, assessment, the curriculum and outcome standards: Module reviews Development and review events involving external panel members Annual Programme Analysis External Assessor reports School Subject Area Groups (SSAG) Programme Board reports School appointment of a Direct of the Quality of Learning and Teaching School developed quality procedures for moderation of assessments School developed quality procedures for peer support for teaching Committees with responsibility for monitoring and evaluating quality and standards: Student/Staff Consultative Group Programme Board School Board School Quality Enhancement Committee University Academic Quality and Standards Committee Progression and Awards Boards (PAB) University Academic Practice Committee Mechanisms for gaining student feedback on the quality of teaching and their learning experience: Student/Staff Consultative Group Student representation on Programme Boards Student representation on Senate Standing Committees University’s Module Evaluation Questionnaire Open access to module leaders/programme organiser/personal tutor Staff development priorities include: Discipline-based Continuous Profession Development Staff appraisal scheme Peer support for teaching Programme Board meetings Seminar programme with visiting lecturers Conference presentations RAE submission Grant writing Higher Degree supervision Membership of a professional body Page: 99 Page: 100 8. AS SE SS ME NT RE GU LA TIO NS The prog ram me has adop ted the Univ ersit y Asse ssm ent Reg ulati ons with the unde rnot ed devi ation s: Ass ess men t rule s: Com pensa tion may not be exerc ised in respe ct of the Page: 101 modu les Adva nced Diag nosti c Tech nique s (Seco nd Year VISP 214), clinic al Opht halm ology (Thir d Year VISP 358), Clini cal Studi es (Thir d Year VISP 349), Gene ral Opto metri c Practi ce (Fina l Year VISP 428), Speci ality Clini cs (Fina l Year VISP 456), Share d Care of Ocul Page: 102 ar Disea se (Fina l Year VISP 457). In reco mme ndin g the classi ficati on of an Hono urs Degr ee the Exa mine rs shall have regar d to the overa ll asses smen t deriv ed from both third year and final year mod ules. A weig hted avera ge mark for third year exam inati ons shall Page: 103 be calcu lated by multi plyin g the avera ge of the third year mark s by 0.33. A third year subje ct mark will norm ally be the mark awar ded at the first attem pt or 40%, whic hever is great er. A weig hted avera ge mark for final year exam inati ons shall be calcu lated by multi plyin g the avera ge of Page: 104 the final year mark by 0.67. The two weig hted avera ge mark s shall be aggre gated to yield a comp osite avera ge mark . Page: 105 FIN AL ASS ESS MEN TS LEA DIN G TO A NA MED AW ARD The a s s e s s m e n t e l e m e n t s a r e a s f o l l o w s . i ) F I R Page: 106 S T Y E A R Semester A Module Method of Assessment Marks Credit Points 1) Geometrical Optics 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 20 Coursework 30) 2) Ocular Anatomy 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) & Physiology 1 ) 100 20 Coursework 30) 3) Fundamentals of Pathology & Pharmacology 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 10 Coursework 30) Semester B 4) Visual Optics 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 20 Coursework 30) 5) Ocular Anatomy 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) & Physiology 2 ) 100 20 Cour 6) Applied Optics for Optometrists 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 20 Coursework 30) 7) Optometric Professional Studies Coursework 100) 100 10 Total Credit Points 120 ii) SECOND YEAR Semester A Module Method of Assessment Marks Credit Points 1) General & Systemic 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) Pathology ) 100 20 Coursework 30) Page: 107 2) Ophthalmic Materials 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 20 Coursework 30) 3) Introductory Diagnostic 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) Techniques ) 100 10 Coursework 30) Semester B 4) Advanced Diagnostic 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) Techniques ) 100 20 Coursework 30) 5) Ocular Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 10 Coursework 30) 6) Binocular Vision 2hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 20 Coursework 30) 7) Optometric Refraction 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 20 Coursework 30) Total Credit Points 120 iii) THIRD YEAR Semester A Module Method of Assessment Marks Credit Points 1) Clinical Research Page: 108 Methods 2 hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 10 Coursework 30) 2) Clinical Studies Practical Assessments 50 10 3) Communication Skills and Dispensing 2hr unseen written paper 60) ) 100 10 Coursework 40) 4) Contact Lens Studies 3 hr unseen written paper 80) ) 100 20 Coursework 20) 5) Introduction to Ocular 2hr unseen written paper 70) Disease ) 100 10 Coursework 30) Semester B 6) Physiological Optics 3 hrs unseen written paper 70) ) 100 20 Coursework 30) 7) Visual Ergonomics 2hr unseen written paper 70) ) 100 10 Coursework 30) 8) Clinical Ophthalmology 3hrs unseen written paper 100 100 20 9) Clinical Studies Practical Clinical Assessments 100 50 10 Total Credit Points 120 iv) FOURTH YEAR Semester A Module Assessment Marks Credit Points 1) Anomalies of Binocular 3 hrs unseen paper 100 20 Vision & Visual Development 3) General Optometric Practical Clinical 50 10 Practice Assessment Page: 109 4) Project/Dissertation Final Report 80) ) 100 30 Examination 20) 5) Ocular Therapeutics 2hr unseen written paper 70) ) 100 10 Coursework 30) Semester B 6) Shared Care 3hrs unseen paper 80) 100 20 of Ocular Disease ) Coursework 20) 7) Speciality Clinics 3 hrs unseen paper 50) ) 100 20 Coursework 50) 8) General Optometric Practical Clinical 50 10 Practice Assessment Total Credit Points 120 Minimum pass mark is 40% for each module. For modules assessed by coursework and examination the overall pass mark for the module will be subject to the attainment of a mark of no less than 5% below the overall pass mark in each of the coursework and examination components of the module assessment. Overview of assessment details are provided in the Student Handbook and the full assessment regulations are available from the University web-site. To qualify for an award students must complete all the programme requirements and obtain 450 Scotcat credits for the award of an unclassified BSc Optometry degree and 480 Scotcat credits for the award of a BSc (Honours) Optometry degree. Summary of classification of marks: Classification Marks Interpretation st 1 70%-100% Excellent: Marks represent a first class performance nd 2 /Upper 60%-69% Very Good: Marks represent an upper second class performance nd 2 /Lower 50% - 59% Good: Marks represent a lower second class performance rd 3 40%-49% Satisfactory: Marks represent a third class performance Exemplar B Examples of the marking criteria which may be used for marking assessments within a specific module Page: 110 Mark Comment 81-100% Work of exceptional quality that shows an excellent command of the subject in question and originality in thought and extent of knowledge acquired 70-80% Work that shows an excellent, though not necessarily faultless, command of the subject in question, together with elements of originality in thought and in the extent of knowledge acquired 60-69% Work that shows an above average command of the subject in question, possessing qualities of thoroughness, conscientiousness, and insight 50-59% Work that reveals that the student has acquired a basic command of the material covered in the course 40-49% Work that shows some understanding of the material covered in the course, but of a poor quality and with elements of misunderstanding and lack of thoroughness 35-39% Work that fails to come up to the standard expected of University students admitted to an Honours degree, but where there are sufficient signs that understanding prevails over misunderstanding and could be considered for compensation 30-34% Fail - but containing some relevant facts and some evidence of understanding 0-29% Fail - Work that contains very few, if any, relevant facts and shows little or no understanding of the material covered For honours programmes: Marks between 70-100% equate to the performance expected of a 1st class honours candidate; Marks between 60-69% equate to the performance expected of a 2i class honours candidate; Marks between 50-59% equate to the performance expected of a 2ii class honours candidate; Marks between 40-49% equate to the performance expected of a 3rd class honours candidate. Role of External Assessor: To moderate the work of the internal assessor in respect of the assessment/s with which the external assessor is associated. To ensure that students are assessed according to the regulations approved for the module/s within that subject area. To satisfy himself/herself that the work and marks awarded are consistent with the policies and regulations of the University and best practice in Higher Education. To inform the University on any matter which, in his/her view, militates against the maintenance of proper academic standards. To inform the Clerk to Senate if he/she decides to resign over a matter of principle in order that this may be brought to the attention of Senate as a matter of urgency. To produce annually a report for consideration by the Departmental Board and, subsequently, the Page: 111 relevant SQEC, of the standards attained by students in that subject area and on any other matter which may seem appropriate for report. 9. INDICATORS OF QUALITY AND STANDARDS Details of approval, development events and Cognate Area Reviews organised by the School/University Annual Programme Analysis Professional body accreditation visits and reports QAA subject reviews External Assessor reports Professional Body accreditation visits and reports Page: 112 10. INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMME This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, and the learning assessment methods of each module can be found in the individual module descriptors in the University’s module catalogue accessible from the University web site. The accuracy of the information in this document is reviewed by the University and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Key information about the programme can be found in: Page: 113 Student Handbook University web site University Prospectus Module Catalogue School Publications Definitive Programme Document A curriculum map is attached showing how the outcomes are being developed and assessed within the programme. This relates the modules from Section 4 to the outcomes in Section 3.
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