Biological Foundations of Clinical Optom

Subject OPTO90005 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is available by distance learning in both Semesters 1 and 2.
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 10-12 hours per week, incorporating reading, note taking and assignment completion.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.


Melbourne Graduate School of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne

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Subject Overview:





Two 2,000 word assignments on prescribed topics that will include case studies (40%) submitted during the course of the semester; a 3 hour written examination in the examination period (60%). Satisfactory completion of all components of assessment is necessary to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

The American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science Course. Section 2 (Fundamental and Principles of Ophthalmology), and Section 5 (Neuro-Ophthalmology) San Francisco, American Academy of Ophthalmology (latest edition). Students will be provided with a comprehensive study guide, which will include key journal articles and a list od prescribed reading.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students should develop certain generic skills, including:

  • being able to critically evaluate and synthesise basic and clinical research literature;
  • understanding the importance of regularly refreshing one's knowledge base through use of the relevant scientific and professional literature;
  • being competent in seeking and retrieving information using a number of resources, such as the world-wide-web;
  • being able to manage competing demands on one's time and being comfortable with the demands of self-directed study;
  • being capable of articulating knowledge and understanding in written presentations;
  • appreciating the ways in which advanced knowledge can equip one with enhanced problem solving skills for application in the work and/or clinical environment.

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