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, 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