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HMO101 - Principles of Optics

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: 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:

Zoran Najdovski





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Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week (both face-to-face and online), 1 x 2 hour feedback seminar per fortnight, 1 x 2 hour practical per fortnight.


Specific topics include the physical nature of light, colour, reflection, refraction, plane and curved mirrors, thin and thick lenses and ray tracing. The unit will also consider these optical principles in applications, such as digital and speed cameras and fibre-optics. In studying these topics, students will also learn to apply the knowledge, for example by performing ray traces through optical elements, such as curved surfaces or lenses, and calculating the different characteristics of the images formed by these elements. Practical classes will provide the opportunity for the students to observe the ‘real world’ effect of the different optical elements on light, whilst also introducing them to working in teams.


Assessment task 1: 3 x 15 minutes pre-practical quizzes 10%

Assessment task 2: Online mid-trimester MCQ examination (1 hour) 20%

Assessment task 3: Group presentation task (15 minutes) 30%

Assessment task 4: Final MCQ examination (2 hours) 40%

Prescribed texts

Keating, M, Geometric, physical and visual optics. New Boston : Butterworth-Heinemann, c2002, available as downloadable pdf from the Deakin Library.

Unit Fee Information

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