Anatomy & Histology of the Eye

Subject 655-201 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - 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: 32 lectures/reviews and 24 hours of practical and tutorial classes
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Biology 650-141 and 650-142 (prior to 2004: 600-141 and 600-142).

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Credit cannot be obtained for both 655-201 and 655-211 (prior to 2004).
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.


Ms Alexandra Jaworski
Subject Overview: This subject covers the detailed topographical anatomy and histology of the eye, orbit, and visual pathways.
The initial lectures will provide an introduction to histology and will form the knowledge base for the subsequent lectures and practicals that focus on the eye, orbit and visual pathway. This knowledge will enable students to appreciate normal ocular anatomy and how structures are altered during disease.
Objectives: Upon completion of this subject, students should:
  • comprehend the terminology of histology and cytology;
  • be able to interpret the light and electron microscopic appearance of cells and tissues;
  • should have a firm understanding of the:
- eye, orbit and visual pathways;
- embryological development of the eye; and
- neuroanatomy of the visual pathway.

Ongoing assessment of practical work during the semester (20%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (80%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Wolff's Anatomy of the Eye and Orbit (A J Bron, R C Tripathi and B J Tripathi), 8th edn, Chapman and Hall, 1997 (or later edition)
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Students should:
  • develop the communications skills (written and oral) necessary to describe the structures of the eye;
  • be able to examine the ocular structures using clinical, anatomical and microscopic examination techniques;
  • understand the importance of one’s own observations and the scientific basis of our current knowledge on ocular anatomy and histology; and
  • appreciate the need for continuing independent learning and the importance of keeping pace with scientific advances.

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 Optometry

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