Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will build on concepts covered in the subjects Ocular Physiology and Vision Science and Clinical Anatomy and Neurosciences. You will utilise and apply your knowledge about the human visual system in order to identify, examine and diagnose a visual field defect and predict the likely site of a lesion along the visual pathway based on a series of patient symptoms and signs. You will integrate theoretical concepts with practical instrumentation and clinical techniques to interpret clinical findings for the diagnosis and management of retinal or neuro-ophthalmic visual field defects. This subject will equip you to progress to the Orthoptic Clinical Practice subjects.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNatalia Kelly

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HZVSO and must have passed ORT2PVS; OR admission into HMORT or HHOR and no other rule applies


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

Learning resources

Neurological Differential Diagnosis

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorPatten, J.





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorPane, A., Burdon, M., Miller, N.R.





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Independently plan and perform assessments of patients with neurological disorders to determine the integrity of their visual pathway
02. Select and accurately perform a variety of visual field tests appropriate to patient requirements dependent on their presenting symptoms, signs and condition.
03. Clearly communicate, instruct and monitor patients with retinal or neurological complaints during their assessments, and adapt the visual field test processes to achieve the most reliable results.
04. Record, interpret and discuss test findings with colleagues and report findings to patients using contextually sensitive terminology.
05. Determine the likely site of a retinal pathway lesion based on the visual field defect to select appropriate further testing, management and urgency.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatalia Kelly

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 12 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 11
Two 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 11 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 12 - 15
One 1.50 hour practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 16 - 22
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 16 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Three 45-minute in class tests (2,250-words equivalent total)

N/AOtherIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 15-minute practicum (750-words equivalent)
Students must pass the practicum to pass the subject: Clinical competencies are assessed in this subject and are required to practice.

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 4,000-word group case study assignment (1,000-words equivalent per student)

N/AOtherGroupNo30 SILO2, SILO4