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
3 MMED2934 - Introduction to Human Molecular Genetics
3a BIOL2772 - Molecular Biology
4 OPTO2001 - Skills for Optometry Practice
4a MDSC2000 - Skills for Medical Scientists 2
5 OPTO2003 - Communication for the Consulting Room
5a OPTO3004 - Communication for the Consulting Room
6 OPTO2002 - Optics of the Eye and Vision
6a PHYS2711 - Optics for Vision Science
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2 and (3 or 3a) and (4 or 4a) and (5 or 5a) and (6 or 6a))
OPTO3002 - Ocular Anatomy and Histology
Examination, Project, Quizzes
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.

Educational aims

This topic aims to enable students 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 you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Give a detailed description of the normal development of vision
  2. Work collaboratively on problem solving
  3. Understand the relationships between ocular structure and function
  4. Apply your knowledge of the visual system to optometric practice
  5. Critically discuss and evaluate concepts related to normal visual function
  6. Self reflect on your contribution to the collaborative problem solving process

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.