OPTM3103 Science of the Eye and Visual System 2
- 12 points
Availability Location Mode First year of offer Not available in 2020 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- In this unit, students will advance their knowledge of the physical and biomedical sciences that underpin visual processes and ocular function by way of problem-based learning cases of common optometric conditions.
Specific topics to be addressed in this unit include:
- fundamental research findings contributing to our current understanding of the receptive fields, visual attention, critical developmental period, orientation specificity and edge detection, ocular dominance, structure-function relationships in the visual cortex, motion detection;
- anatomy of the eye, extending to measurement and structural assessment by a variety of clinical and experimental imaging modalities;
- physiology of the eye, extending to the functional assessment of the eye and visual pathways by a variety of clinical and experimental investigations;
- advanced principles of optical physics with respect to the study of the eye, extending to biometry of the eye and basic ophthalmic optics;
- simple and common optometric conditions particularly those associated with developmental and refractive disorders of vision;
- pathological, immunological and microbiological processes associated with simple and common optometric conditions;
- Students are able to (1) apply knowledge of optical science to a variety of uses in optometry, medicine and science.; (2) apply the scientific principles and concepts that underly visual processes to a variety of optometric clinical conditions.; (3) apply the scientific principles and concepts that underly visual processes to a variety of optometric clinical conditions.; (4) apply, within a team, attained knowledge in the solution of advanced problems of the visual system.; and (5) apply knowledge of the pathological, immunological and microbiological processes associated to a variety of simple and common optometric conditions..
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral assessment; (2) written assessment; and (3) written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- Problem-based learning tutorials: up to 48 hours.
Lectures and seminars: up to 56 hours
Team-based learning seminars: up to 48 hours.
Nicholls J, et al. From neuron to brain. Oxford University Press. 5th edition.
Kandel E, et al. Principles of neural science. McGraw-Hill. 5th edition.
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.
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