BSc Nursing Practice (CPD) / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Concepts of Ophthalmic Nursing

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS9360C
Credit rating 20
Unit level Cont Education/Prof Developmen
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Available as a free choice unit? No


The aim of the unit is for students to attain a conceptual understanding of ophthalmic nursing and ophthalmic patient centred care

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically appraise the bio-psychosocial factors influencing ophthalmic nursing care and eye health promotion in adults and children
  • Critically discuss clinical manifestations and abnormal physiology underlying ophthalmic conditions
  • Critically evaluate strategies to prevent, treat and/or manage patients with altered ophthalmic pathology in a range of care settings
  • Establish a critical understanding of ophthalmic nursing in the context of ophthalmic multidisciplinary care  
  • Critically discuss evidence, guidelines and UK healthcare policy to prevent, treat and/or manage patients with altered ophthalmic pathology
  • Critically examine advances in ophthalmic nursing practice

Intellectual skills

  • Establish a critical understanding of the evidence-base underpinning ophthalmic patient care
  • Be an independent learner with an analytical approach to self directed learning in ophthalmic nursing

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate a critical, evidence-based knowledge of ophthalmic patient care to a range of audiences including patients, carers and the multidisciplinary team.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence-base underpinning ophthalmic nursing care and management of people with ophthalmic conditions
  • Critically reflect on action to inform learning and enhance ophthalmic patient care

Assessment methods

The assessment equates to 3,500 words of student effort.

Students will be asked to devise an e-poster relevant to one or more of the knowledge and understanding unit learning outcomes.

Students will be encouraged to liaise with their own workplace to print and display and share their learning with colleagues and /or to submit to a conference.

Further detailed criteria for success and marking criteria will be provided in the unit handbook on Blackboard. Formative submissions and individual and group

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 49
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 149

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Penelope Stanford Unit coordinator

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