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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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLisa Francione

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following courses: HZVSO, SBS, SBBIS, SBAVB, SBMS, SBMD. Students from other courses must receive subject coordinators approval for admission. Students admitted in one of the following courses: SBS, SBBIS, SBAVB, SBMS must have completed BIO1MGC and at least 90 credit points of Level one subjects. Students studying HZVSO will be given priority in order to meet the requirements of their course.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
02. Explain the basic principles and components of the immune system relevant to health, and to infectious and non-infectious human disease
03. Apply fundamental knowledge of cell biology and genetics to correctly recognise a broad range of common and rare human eye disorders
04. Explain at the biological and genetic level, the causes of key genetic (Mendelian and complex human disorders affecting the eye.

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