HMO103 - Clinical Optics


2023 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 note a 75% WAM will need to be achieved in order to be considered - 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

Classes: Up to 4 x 1 hour classes per week (30 x 1 hour pre-recorded online classes and 14 x 1 hour face-to-face classes)
Seminars: 2 x 2 hour sessions (Week 1 and Week 9) (face-to-face)
Tutorials: 8 x 1 hour sessions (face-to-face)
Practicals: 4 x 2 hour practical classes (face-to-face)


In this unit, students will build on the knowledge of optics gained in HMO101 in order to understand the basic principles of geometric and visual optics required in clinical practice. At the end of this unit, students will be able to describe the nature of light and the way in which light can interact with matter (for example diffraction, refraction, reflection etc.). Students will develop the ability to perform ray traces through single and multiple element lens systems, describe the effect of aberrations on optical systems (including the human eye) and explain how the optics of spectacle lenses and contact lenses differ when combined with the optics of the eye. Practical classes will provide the opportunity for students to observe the effect on the behaviour of light of different optical devices that are integral to the practice of optometry. The unit will introduce the students to Team Based Learning and peer-to-peer teaching.

Hurdle requirement

  • Submission of a minimum of 3 out of 4 reports

Unit Fee Information

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