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Our Level 6 CPD units in Nursing Practice for qualified nurses can be taken individually or built up to achieve a BSc award.

BSc Nursing Practice (CPD) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Theory & Practice of Ophthalmic Care & Management

Unit code NURS9360C
Credit rating 20
Unit level Cont Education/Prof Developmen
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


Welcome to the second course unit of the Ophthalmic Care and Management course.

If this is your first course unit at the University of Manchester, there are many questions you will want answering.  Should they not be answered in the introduction session to the course, the answers may be within this course unit handbook, the programme guide or the University student handbook.

Your personal tutor will be available to answer any queries you may have.  The course unit is facilitated by lecturers and ophthalmic nurses who are experts in the Ophthalmic Speciality.  Each has their own practice base and is well placed to support learners in theoretical and practical aspects of the course unit.

At the very beginning of this course unit, you should negotiate with your clinical manager and personal tutor, specific learning outcomes relating to the area of specialization you wish to pursue in this course unit.

You may undertake this course unit as part of your degree pathway, or you may undertake the unit as a ‘stand alone’ Continuing Professional Development (C.P.D.) course unit.


The aim of the unit is to enhance the student’s knowledge and skills in relation to caring for an individual with an ophthalmic disorder in particular specialist settings such as Accident and Emergency Dept, Operating Theatre, Primary Care as well as in-patient, day case and out-patient settings.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically appraise the psychosocial and cultural factors influencing the needs of the visually impaired patient in the context of a multi-disciplinary approach to care.
  • Critically evaluate the needs of ophthalmic patients for health promotion/education information and intervene as necessary.
  • Critically evaluate the outcomes of health education/promotion activities/interventions within your chosen ophthalmic sub-speciality.

Intellectual skills

  • Evaluate the evidence based care required by the ophthalmic patient within your specialist area of ophthalmic practice.
  • Critically evaluate the medico-legal aspect of ophthalmic care.
  • Analyse and evaluate the role of the ophthalmic practitioner within the context of a service undergoing economic and political change.

Practical skills

  • The care and management of the ophthalmic patient
  • Interpretation of visual fields
  • Slit lamp examination
  • Applanation tonometry
  • Biometry
  • Keratometry
  • Lacrimal sac washout
  • Focimetry
  • Posturing

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Patient assessment
  • Communication
  • Meeting the needs of people with disability/handicap
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Critical analysis
  • Presentation skills

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Practical skills assessment 50%

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 40
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 158

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Penelope Stanford Unit coordinator

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