Practical Problems in Vision

Subject 655-321 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour introductory lecture, 8 hours of seminars and 5 hours of tutorials, plus guided study and research equivalent to 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: 655-221, 655-222 and 655-328 (or 655-028 prior to 2006).
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


A/Prof T Vidyasagar
Subject Overview:

The subject is presented in a problem-oriented approach and is therefore designed to provide students with an opportunity to use their basic knowledge of the visual system to solve clinical or other relevant vision problems. It would develop students' skills in reading, analysing and debating scientific papers in the vision sciences.

Students will be divided into groups of 5 to 7 and each group will be provided with the scenario of a clinical case or of an experimental situation, and working in a group they will be solving it by discussing the problem among themselves, performing extensive literature search through library resources and if necessary, even performing some minor experiments. Each scenario is set by and coordinated by an assigned academic staff member. The academic will guide the students at the beginning and at tutorials during the semester. Towards the end of the semester, each group will present a 40-minute seminar, which will be followed by a discussion time. The topics for the scenarios will cover many of the commonly occurring disorders of vision, ranging from ocular conditions such as corneal dystrophies, glaucoma and refractive error to higher visual processing conditions such as dyslexia and may include rarer clinical conditions or visual or optical problems in the environment. Even though each group will be working in detail on one scenario, they will be learning about the other scenarios from the presentations given at the end of the semester.


Ongoing assessment of participation and performance throughout the semester (15%), a 40-minute scenario-based group seminar presentation in the second half of the semester (15%); a 2,500-word written group assignment due 3 days before the seminar presentation (10%), and a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (60%).

Prescribed Texts: Comprehensive reading material in the form of reference lists and reference material will be provided.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Optometry
Bachelor of Science

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