Ocular Histopathology

Subject PATH30005 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 x one hour lectures and 18 hours of practical and tutorial classes during the semester
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours.
Prerequisites: Completion of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1
Plus one of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in practical class activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Alex Gentle


Email: agentle@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject will require the student to apply knowledge gained in the prerequisite second year level subjects (531-201/531-202 and 655-201 Anatomy and Histology of the Eye) to understanding the changes which occur in the ocular tissues during eye disease. Specific topics to be covered will include ocular disease processes associated with cell injury and cell death, the immune response and allergy, development and ageing, the nervous system, surgical and non-surgical trauma, neoplasia, glaucoma, and the circulatory, haemopoetic and endocrine systems. Throughout the subject an emphasis will also be placed on the student developing a good understanding of the pathogenesis of ocular diseases.

Objectives: Upon completion of this subject students should understand the general principles of inflammation and wound healing as applied to ocular tissues. In addition, students should understand the process of tissue damage secondary to traumatic or infectious insult, along with the different aspects of the immune response. Students should be able to identify and interpret the light and electron microscopic changes that occur within ocular tissues during different disease processes.

A 35-minute slide examination based on practical work held during the semester (20%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (80%). Hurdle requirement: students must submit a satisfactorily completed computer-aided learning worksheet following each practical class.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:
  • M Yanoff and J W Sassani, Ocular Pathology with DVD ROM 6th Ed, Mosby, 2009 (or 5th Ed)
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
Notes: This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree), BASc or a combined BSc course.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Vision Science (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)

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