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BSc Optometry / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Mathematics for Optometry||OPTO10911||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
Individual and small group feedback routinely provided; exercises corrected during the lectures and solutions posted to Blackboard. Feedback for online exercises is provided directly in Blackboard.
Provide an elementary introduction to wave optics including interference and diffraction effects as relevant to optometry.
- Understand the physical principles behind wave optics
- Know the limitations of optical instruments and the eye
- Basic interferometry methods including OCT
- Principles of diffraction and diffractive devices
- Understand polarisation and birefringence
- Be able to perform quantitative calculations of wave optics
- Identify the optical technology in commonly used ophthalmological equipment.
- Ability to perform optical calculations, including further mathematical and trigonometry skills.
The unit expands upon geometric optics to provide an understanding of wave optics, including the mathematics required for understanding an electro-magnetic wave and its propagation. This can be expanded upon to learn how to calculate interference and diffractive patterns, and how these can be used in optometric devices. Furthermore, the theory of polarisation and birefringence is taught along with its application to optometry.
- Analytical skills
- Many of the exercises and questions in the course will require the use of analytic skills. These will involve the confident use of the mathematical formulation of physical concepts and their applicability to the solution of exercises and problems in Physical Optics.
- Physical Optics involves the learning of basic concepts and the skills to apply them on practical problems. The exposure to exercises and questions will challenge the students to develop innovative and creativity skills.
- Project management
- The students will develop project management skills from their training and practice in the course, and the organisation of their studies.
- Problem solving
- During the course the students will solve a series of problems involving basic concepts in Optics and their application to Optometry
- While there will not be any specific research training, the skills learned in the course will be essential components of further research training.
1.5 hour written paper (100% of the unit mark) taken at the end of the second semester. The exam paper consists of a series of short questions, calculation exercises, and two short essay questions.
Individual and small group feedback routinely provided; exercises corrected during the lectures and solutions posted to Blackboard.
- Freeman, M.H. (1995) Optics. Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
- Hecht, E (0) Optics. Adison Wesley
- Tunnacliffe, A.H & Hirst, A.G (1981) Optics. ABDO College of Education
|Independent study hours|
|Marcelo Montemurro||Unit coordinator|