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Ophthalmic Optics (10286.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Optometry


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This unit will provide students with an introduction to the principles of physical, geometrical and visual optics and their applied/real-life applications.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe the principles of the physical and geometrical optics and provide examples of how these principles relate to vision and optometric science;

2. Apply numerical problem solving skills to determine the properties of sphero- cylindrical lens and magnifiers;

3. Explain the principles of simple optical devices and how images are formed by optical instruments;

4. Describe the properties of lights and transmission through optical surfaces and components;

5. Describe the physiological optics of the vertebrate eyes;

6. Summarise the concepts of diffraction and apply these principles to the human eye;

7. Define the principles of polarisation, coherence and interference on light waves; and

8. Solve optical problems associated with thin and thick lenses using ray tracing and other appropriate techniques.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

4 hours per week, consisting of 2 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial/practical.




Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Vision Science, 372JA.

Assumed Knowledge


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