Important Information and Policies

General Information

  • Email

The University uses email as an official form of communication for students. All UNSW students have their own email account. The School of Optometry and Vision Science also makes use of this form of communication.

It is extremely important that you know how to use your zMail and ensure that you check it regularly. You are advised to link your official UNSW email address to your habitual email address (e.g. hotmail). You will miss out on vital information from the School and University if you do not check your zMail.

For more information or if you are having connection or access problems, see:

IT Service Centre:
Telephone: (02) 9385-1333

  • School Office

The School Office is located in room 3.003 on Level 3, North Wing of the Rupert Myers Building.

The School Office is open to student enquiries at the following times:

10.30 am to 12.00 noon*
1.30 pm to 3.00 pm*

*These hours will also apply during all recesses.

The first week of Session is usually the busiest and most confusing, therefore the hours are extended for this period only. Enquiry times for Week 1 of Semester are as follows:

9.30 am to 12.30 pm
1.30 pm to 4.00 pm

Outside of the above hours, you can contact the Undergraduate Administrator on email or telephone (02) 9385 4639.

There is a slot in the enquiry counter. Forms, assignments, etc., can be deposited here at any time.

  • Student Advisor

The School has an academic staff member appointed as a Student Advisor. You may approach Associate Professor Michele Madigan to talk about any academic or personal issues affecting your studies.

Policies and Procedures

 Assignment/Practical Attachment Sheet
 General Education Rules in the 3952 BOptom BSc Program
 Honours Policy - 3952 BOptom BSc
 Plagiarism & Academic Integrity
 Preparation of a Scholarly Report
 Progression Policy - 3952 BOptom BSc
 Timetable Clash Approval application form
 School Assessment Policy: Submissions of assignments, penalties for late assignments and request for Extension
 Waiving of Requisites for OPTM and VISN courses

School of Optometry and Vision Science Guidelines for Waiving a Course Pre_Or Co_Requisite S2 2018

AHPRA Registration

Please note:

On successful completion of the optometry qualification at UNSW (MClinOptom), students must apply for registration with the Optometry Board of Australia to practice within Australia.  As part of this process, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), on behalf of the National Board, must check an applicant’s criminal history to ensure only those practitioners who are suitable and safe to practise are granted registration in Australia.  Please see for further information.  For information on registration in New Zealand, please see: .

Preceptorship Program

 Compulsory Preceptorship Program: 4 week program for Stage 5 (final year) studentsVoluntary Preceptorship Program: 2 week rural Australia program for Stage 4 students
 Further information including assessment
 Information for practices interested in hosting a student

Supplementary Exams

 Policy on Supplementary Assessments School of Optometry and Vision Science
 Information regarding the conduct of Supplementary Examinations in the School

Anatomical Abbreviations for Students

This is the list of approved anatomical abbreviations that can be used by School of Optometry and Vision Science students.  Note that these can also be found on Moodle.