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HMO101 - Principles of Optics

Unit details

Year2016 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

Unit chair:

Zoran Najdovski





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per fortnight, 1 x 2 hour practical per fortnight


Specific topics include the physical nature of light, colour, infrared, reflection, refraction, plane and curved mirrors, thin and thick lenses, ray tracing, stereoscopy, polarisation and optometric technology. The unit will also consider these optical principles in applications, such as multi-touch screens, night goggles, telescopes, digital and speed cameras, fibre-optics, 3D cinema and flat screen televisions.


Assessment task 1: Five in-class quizzes 35%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (2000 words) 30%

Assessment task 3: Wiki report and multi-media group project 35%

Prescribed texts

Donnelly, J and Massa N, LIGHT: Introduction to Optics and Photonics. New England Board of Higher Education, 2011

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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