Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students will extend concepts related to the anatomy and physiology of the eye presented in the Ocular Physiology and Vision Science subject to develop understanding of a range of ocular conditions. Students will be able to identify and understand infection, inflammation, developmental, congenital, genetic, degenerative, neoplastic, toxic, traumatic and vascular disorders of the eye and the progression of these ocular conditions in terms of the changes in the normal anatomy and/or physiology of the eye. Students will be introduced to some investigative techniques to identify a patient's visual problem and make a diagnosis. This subject will equip students to progress to the ophthalmic 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 Must be admitted in HZVSO and must have passed: ORT2ORS and ORT2PVS


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically review and analyse the changes in ocular anatomy and physiology leading to eye disease.

Lectures and workshops

02. Analyse clinical data and integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology to identify common ocular diseases.

Lectures and workshops

03. Use initiative and judgement to evaluate clinical data and construct a differential diagnosis.

Lectures and workshops

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Class requirements

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

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


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
12x 15 min tests, each worth 3.0% (3000 words equivalent total)There are 12 topics in the subject, each topic has an online test to help the students keep up week to week and gives some feedback as to how they are going.35 01, 02, 03
6x written assessments, each worth 6% (500 words equivalent each, 3000 words equivalent total)In-class workshop assessments which are case based, meaning they can actively apply their knowledge of normal/abnormal anatomy to a case-scenario35 02, 03
1x 40 minute practical assessment (2000 words equivalent total)This assessment requires differential diagnosis skills related to practical patient scenarios30 03