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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Optometry
眼科視光學(榮譽)理學士組合課程

Sept 2022 Entry


Programme code: JS3290

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
School of Optometry
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

5 years (Optometry)

4 years (Vision Science and Secondary Major) #

Credits Required for Graduation

160, including 20 clinical/field credits (Optometry)

133, without clinical/field credits (Vision Science and Secondary Major) #

Fund Type Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications No

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Andrew Lam
PhD, MPhil, PDip(Optom), FAAO

Remarks

  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.
  • Students will be awarded one of the following awards upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:
    • BSc (Hons) in Optometry
    • BSc (Hons) in Vision Science - This award is only available with one of the Secondary Majors #. 
  • The credit requirements of this scheme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
  • Applicants are required to submit an essay of no more than 500 words on their reason for choosing the BSc (Hons) Scheme in Optometry.
  • Students are allowed to enrol on any awards without being subject to further assessment.
  • Students should also observe the remarks in the table below:
  • Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #
    • Students receive clinical training in PolyU’s Optometry Clinic and Satellite Clinics. The majority of the clients are Hong Kong Chinese. In the fourth year of the programme, students start their clinical rotations; the clinical practice is conducted in English, Cantonese, or Putonghua.
    • The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics is available to students of BSc (Hons) in Vision Science. Admission to Secondary Major is on a competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see "Secondary Major Details" section.
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    • The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to students of BSc (Hons) in Vision Science. Admission to Secondary Major is on a competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

    # For details, please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

Aims & Characteristics

Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

To prepare students to become primary eyecare practitioners with expert knowledge of the eye and the visual system. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose visual problems and offer treatment options, which may be in the form of optical lenses or visual training.

 

The journey to becoming an eyecare practitioner begins with a strong foundation in the basic life sciences, followed by a thorough grounding in the optometric sciences. In the second half of the programme, students acquire the clinical skills necessary to effectively manage a wide variety of visual problems. The five semesters of supervised clinical training in our Optometry Clinic and our satellite clinics with real patients give students many opportunities to learn to care for patients and to consolidate their clinical skills and knowledge.

 

Throughout the programme, students learn about ethical, professional and legal issues in preparation for clinical practice.

 

Programme Characteristics

Students participate in clinical training in preparation to become optometrists. The training is in two phases – in the Clinical Laboratory and in the Optometry Clinic – and involves real patients.

 

Our Optometry Clinic, which is unique in Hong Kong, provides an excellent environment for clinical training.

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

To equip students with knowledge and principles in optometry and vision science in order to work in ophthalmic industry and health care settings. Students will be trained to provide comprehensive and high-quality support in research activities and contribute to the development of vision science research in Hong Kong and worldwide.

 

Programme Characteristics

BSc (Hons) in Vision Science + Secondary Major is a 4-year programme.

 

Students will not receive any clinical training. Instead, they will acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge of artificial intelligence and data analytics or innovation and entrepreneurship through one of the Secondary Majors.

# For details, please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

Recognition & Prospects

Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for full registration in Part I of the Register of the Optometrists Board of Hong Kong. They can also practise optometry in Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. Graduates are also eligible to sit the Competency in Optometry Examination (COE) and Assessment of Competence in Ocular Therapeutics (ACOT) hosted by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of BSc (Hons) in Vision Science are NOT eligible for registration in any part of Register of the Optometrists Board of Hong Kong.

Career Prospects

Optometrists are the main providers of vision care in the community. Most of our graduates initially enter optometric practice as employees, and many subsequently establish their own practices. Some of them work in government agencies such as the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and Department of Health.

 

Apart from optometric practice, there are various opportunities in the optical industry, particularly in the area of professional services. Some of our graduates pursue postgraduate research studies locally and overseas.

Career Prospects

Graduates will be able to work in ophthalmic industry and health care settings. Graduates will be able to provide support in research activities.

Graduates can pursue postgraduate research studies locally and overseas and become vision scientists.

# For details, please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

Curriculum

  • Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #
    • The programme comprises General University Requirements (GUR) subjects and four main areas of study: basic sciences, optometric sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical and professional training.
    • Years 1 and 2 concentrate on general education and basic sciences to establish a sound base of knowledge.
    • Years 3 and 4 develop students’ optometric clinical techniques for clinical practice.
    • Years 4 and 5 focus on clinical training (a total of five semesters). Students examine patients and gain valuable clinical experience.
    • A research project is conducted in Years 4 and 5.
    • The programme comprises General University Requirements (GUR) subjects and three main areas of study: basic sciences, vision sciences, and optometric sciences.
    • Years 1 and 2 concentrate on general education and basic sciences to establish a sound base of knowledge.
    • Apart from learning more advanced knowledge in vision science, Years 3 and 4 focus on the development of AIDA or IE mindset.
    • An integrated project is conducted in Years 3 and 4.

    # For details, please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

    Information on the subjects offered can be found at www.polyu.edu.hk/so.

Secondary Major Details

The options of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics or Innovation and Entrepreneurship are only available to students of BSc (Hons) in Vision Science

 

Aims of the Secondary Majors:

AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE)

Artificial intelligence and data analytics (AIDA) are the most prevailing technologies across various disciplines, and have become a de-facto standard approach to enrich business, advance technology and achieve breakthroughs in virtually all fields. Therefore, it is essential for students to possess expertise in AIDA and other underpinning technologies.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) takes a cross-disciplinary approach that aims to instil in students from different disciplines the spirit and mindset of innovation and entrepreneurship, whether it is applied to the commercialisation of technologies specifically or to problem-solving in general. Through the cross-disciplinary design, students are equipped with knowledge and techniques critical to the analysing, planning, and implementing of financially-viable and technically-feasible innovation and entrepreneurship. Students are provided with hands-on experience in innovative and entrepreneurial activities.

 

Intended learning outcomes of the Secondary Majors:

AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE)

On successful completion of AIDA, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of AIDA, and have the ability to apply them.
  2. Design AIDA systems, components and processes to meet given specifications and constraints.
  3. Identify, formulate and solve problems relevant to AIDA.
  4. Use modern IT tools appropriate to AIDA practice.
  5. Know the contemporary issues, and understand the impact of AIDA solutions in a global and societal context.

 

Upon completion of IE, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Develop an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset in exploring a business solution
  2. Critically assess business environments, as well as identify opportunities and innovative ideas with the support of professional-specific skills and knowledge
  3. Demonstrate an understanding on the applications and implications of the latest technologies to inform or support entrepreneurship and innovation
  4. Align the resources and interests of different stakeholders in the knowledge transfer process through effective communication
  5. Identify and respond appropriately to ethical issues as they arise in different business settings

 

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 4835; email: so.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk).