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HMO102 - Science of Vision 1

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry.

Up to 10 places may be offered to students not enrolled in D302 - please contact

Unit chair:

Ryan Wood-Bradley





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week


In this unit, students will encounter some of the fascinating research that has brought us to our current understanding of various aspects of the visual system. Using vision science research as exemplars, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the academic culture of scientific research. This unit aims to teach students the essential and lifelong skills of sourcing, reading and writing about vision science research in the appropriate scientific style. These skills are essential in order for future optometrists to make clinical decisions using evidence-based practice. Another equally important aim of the unit is for the student to develop essential skills in team-based learning. Topics include the scientific method, anatomy of a research paper, retrieving credible scientific material, scientific writing, peer review and scientific communication.


Assessment task 1: Ongoing self-reflection (700 words) 15%

Assessment task 2: Evidence-Based Patient Communication (1500 words, including review of literature and communication piece) 20%

Assessment task 3: Group-based oral communication assignment - comprising a group oral presentation (20 minutes), a written plan (750 words), and individual contribution reports 20%

Assessment task 4: Team-based learning assessment (2000 words)  40% and peer evaluation 5%

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