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OPTM4101 Principles of Optics 1

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
In this unit, students will gain a broad foundation in the principles of optics that underpin the practice of optometry, with the use of problem-based learning approach. In studying these topics, students will learn to apply the knowledge, for example, by performing ray traces through optical elements, such as curved surfaces or lenses, and determining the different characteristics of the images formed by these elements. Practical classes will provide the opportunity for the students to observe the ‘real world' effect of the different optical elements of light, whilst also introducing them to working in teams. These principles of optics will provide the necessary basis for higher levels of study relating to ophthalmic dispensing, contact lenses, low vision and eye examination techniques.
Specific topics to be addressed in this unit include:
- the physical nature of light, colour;
- basic principles of reflection and refraction;
- plane and curved mirrors; thin and thick lenses; and
- mathematical principles that govern ray tracing
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe a range of fundamental concepts and principles in optics, especially pertaining to the visual system; (2) demonstrate the knowledge about optical elements involving objects, images, distances and angles using appropriate symbols, sign conventions, units and magnitudes; (3) compare the properties of an image (or a conjugate object) produced by a range of individual optical elements, using either graphical or analytical approaches; and (4) demonstrate the knowledge of the optical characteristics of ophthalmic lenses used for the correction of refractive errors in human eyes.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) written assessments; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mark Lucey
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Doctor of Optometry 91590
Co-requisites:
OPTM4102 Structure and Function of the Eye; OPTM4103 Research Fundamentals and Methodology 1; OPTM4104 Foundations of Optometry;
Incompatibility:
Nil
Approved quota: 64—quota places are allocated based on admission requirements contained within CAIDi 91590 Doctor of Optometry (coursework) (extended).
Contact hours
Practical, workshops and problem-based learning tutorials up to 20 hours.
Lectures and seminars up to 60 hours.
Texts

Forrester J, et al. The eye: basic sciences in practice. Saunders. 4th edition.

Atchison D, Smith D. Optics of the human eye. Elsevier Health Science. 2000.

Keating, M, Geometric, physical and visual optics. New Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, current edition

 

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