HMO101 - Principles of Optics


2023 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





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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 or 3 hours of classes per week (both face-to-face and online); 1 x 1 hour concept feedback seminar per fortnight; up to 6 x 2 hour application feedback seminars across the trimester; and 4 x 2 hour practical sessions across the trimester.


Specific topics include the physical nature of light, colour, reflection, refraction, plane and curved mirrors, thin and thick lenses and ray tracing. 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 determining 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.

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