mic3mco micro and cell biology for orthoptics




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be introduced to core concepts in human cell biology, genetics, immunology, and microbiology, relevant to a broad appreciation of the pathological mechanisms of dysfunction of the eye. During the learning program, students will develop an understanding of the genetics and biological mechanisms underpinning different types of eye disorders, including: infectious, autoimmune, congenital, genetic, degenerative, neoplastic, toxic and vascular eye disorders. Examples will be used to illustrate these different etiologies, such as Retinitis Pigmentosa, Albinism, Marfan syndrome, Sjogren syndrome, Uveitis, Trachoma, Chalazia, Blepharitis, Dacryocystitis and Thyrotoxicosis.Students will also gain insight into the fundamentals of genetic and molecular diagnostic methods relevant to these ocular conditions.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLisa Francione

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: HZVSO or SBS or SBBIS or SBAVB or SBMS or SBSC. Students from other courses require the permission of the Subject coordinator to enrol. Students enrolled in SBS or SBBIS or SBAVB or SBMS must also have completed BIO1MGC and at least 90 credit points at 1st year level. HZVSO students will be given priority in order to meet the requirements of their course.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the effect different microbial infections can have on the eye, including: the typical presenting signs and symptoms; the importance of, and tools for, optimising prevention and treatment of infectious diseases; the most important healthcare issues relevant to the field of ocular health.

Lectures, in class demonstrations and test

02. Explain the basic principles and components of the immune system relevant to health, and to infectious and non-infectious human disease

Lectures , demonstrations and test

03. Apply fundamental knowledge of cell biology and genetics to correctly recognise a broad range of common and rare human eye disorders

Lectures. Assessment by On-line quiz, Assessment by online research mini-project.

04. Explain at the biological and genetic level, the causes of key genetic (Mendelian) and complex human disorders affecting the eye.

Lectures, Assessment by on-line quiz, Assessment by Student e-portfolio

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLisa Francione

Class requirements

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


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Two multiple choice quizzes (250-words equivalent each, 500-words equiv. total)2003, 04
Two in-class tests (500-words equivalent each, 1,000-words equiv. total)3001, 02
E-portfolio (1,250-words equivalence)2501, 02, 03, 04
Research project (1,250-words equivalence)2501, 02, 03