ort3opm ocular path




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students will extend concepts presented in Ocular Physiology and Vision Science. Students will be introduced to concepts in microbiology and its role in ocular pathology. Using an enquiry-based learning program, students will develop an understanding of infection, inflammation, developmental, congenital, genetic, degenerative, neoplastic, toxic, traumatic and vascular disorders and the progression of these ocular conditions in terms of the changes in the normal anatomy and/or physiology of the eye. This subject will equip students to progress to the opthalmic investigation, diagnosis and management subjects.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ORT2ORS and ORT2PVS and HBS2CAN or equivalent.

Co-requisites HBS3PAP or equivalent and ORT3BVR.

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Limited to students enrolled in Orthoptics.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClinical ophthalmology a systematic approachPrescribedKanski, J & Bowling, B 20117TH EDN, ELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES, UNITED KINGDOM.
ReadingsLecture Notes OphthalmologyRecommendedJames, B, Chew, C, Bron, A 200710TH EDN, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, UNITED KINGDOM.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Clearly and coherently explain the effect a microbial infection can have on the eye and analyse the likely presenting signs and symptoms in order to differentially diagnose a condition.

Lectures and workshops

02. Clearly and coherently explain the cause of an ocular condition and its effect on the normal anatomy and physiology of the eye to a patient and fellow practitioners using appropriate language and terminology.

Lectures and workshops

03. Synthesise information and analyse clinical data in order to differentially diagnose an ocular condition and develop a prognosis.

Lectures and workshops

04. Explain the effect on the eye at different stages of systemic disease progression to determine whether these are permanent or reversible with treatment.

Lectures and workshops

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size50

Enrolment information Available only to students enrolled in Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Orthoptics Available only to students enrolled in Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Orthoptics

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Thirty three 1.5 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 34 - 43
Fourteen 1.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 34 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
four 45-minute in class multiple choice/short answer quizzes6502, 03, 04
one 1-hour in class multiple choice Microbiology test1501
one 90-minute image based multiple choice end of semester test2001, 02, 03, 04