ort2pvs ocular physiol




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will study the physiology and anatomy of the internal structures of the eye including the physiology of intraocular pressure and accommodation. The process of visual image formation will be discussed in terms of specific aspects of retinal anatomy and physiology. The anatomy of the visual pathway from retina to cortex and its relationship to visual field defects will be introduced. Students will be introduced to the clinical procedures used to investigate the integrity of vision and the visual pathway.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB

Co-requisites ORT2ORS and HBS2CAN

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Limited to students enrolled in Orthoptics

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClinical Anatomy of the Eye.PrescribedSnell, R.S. and Lemp, M.A.BLACKWELL SCIENTIFIC. BOSTON. USA.
ReadingsVisual Perception: A Clinical Orientation. 3rd Edition.PrescribedSchwartz, S.H.MCGRAW-HILL. USA. 2004.
ReadingsClinical Optics (3rd Edition).RecommendedElkington, A.R., Frank, H.J. and Greaney, M.J.BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, UNITED KINGDOM, 2004.
ReadingsVisual Fields via the Visual Pathway.RecommendedRowe F.BLACKWELL PUBLISHING. UNITED KINGDOM. 2006.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use effective independent information gathering skills to explain the macro anatomy and physiology of the eye.

Creating a 3-dimensional model of the visual pathway.

02. Explain how the anatomical and physiological properties of the eye enable visual image formation and contrast sensitivity function.

Combination of lectures and practical classes.

03. Explain the processes that underpin normal colour vision and how the defects that may occur create abnormal colour vision.

Combination of lectures and practical classes.

04. Develop analytical and problem-solving strategies to identify and explain the visual field loss resulting from a given lesion in the visual pathway.

Lecture materials and reading resources.

05. Explain the processes of retinal, parallel and striate cortex processing of vision.

Lecture materials and reading resources.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.5 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1-hour written examination5002, 03, 04, 05
one 20-minute practicum2002, 03
one 30-minute unit test1501
one group task/model1504, 05