1 x 2-hour lecture per semester
1 x 3-hour workshop weekly
1 x 7-hour independent study weekly
2 x 1-hour on-line exercises per semester
1 Admission into BMSVMOPT-Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry
2 7 of BIOL1101, BIOL2771, HLTH1003, MMED1005, MMED2931, MMED2933, MMED2935, HLTH1210
3 1 of BIOL2772, MMED2934
4 1 of OPTO2001, MDSC2000
5 1 of OPTO2003, OPTO3004
6 1 of OPTO2002, PHYS2711
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6)
OPTO3002 - Ocular Anatomy and Histology
Enrolment not permitted
OPTO1001 has been successfully completed
Examination (50%); Project.
Topic description
This topic covers the physiology of the visual sense. The normal development of the eye and changes with age. The integration of neural and motor control of eye-movements and our ability to control focus and a clear image under different lighting conditions. The cortical structure and processing of visual information (luminance, colour and motion). The formation and regulation of ocular secretions and parallel processing within the retina.

The topic uses the Team Based Learning approach whereby you will work in with a small group throughout the semester on applying your knowledge to problems associated with visual function. You will be assessed individually and based on your contribution to the team and your team’s overall performance.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to: enable you to apply knowledge and understanding to the functional and structural relationships of the visual system that control the normal visual system.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be expected to be able to:

  • Give a detailed description of the normal development of vision.

  • Work collaboratively on problem solving.

  • Understand the relationships between ocular structure and function.

  • Apply your knowledge of the visual system to optometric practice.

  • Critically discuss and evaluate concepts related to normal visual function.

  • Self reflect on your contribution to the collaborative problem solving process.