Courses - Faculty of Medical And Health Sciences


Optometry and Vision Science

Stage I

OPTOM 101G
15 Points

How We See

Overview of the interdisciplinary study of human vision. The course introduces the biological/physiological organisation of the visual system, discusses the subjective nature of perception, and the implications of studies of biological visual systems for machine vision. Interdisciplinary understandings of vision will be enriched by the examination of historical paintings and artists’ visual experiences.

Stage II

OPTOM 216A
15 Points

OPTOM 216B
15 Points

Introduction to Optometry

A clinically-focused course introducing students to optometric practice and addressing, at an introductory level, the ethical, cultural, theoretical and clinical aspects of the optometric examination. Topics covered include: preliminary tests from the eye examination, communication skills and clinical problem solving. The course will emphasise assessment utilising advanced equipment and the production of clinically relevant outcomes and diagnosis-supportive hypotheses.

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 216 A and B

OPTOM 263A
15 Points

OPTOM 263B
15 Points

Essential Optics

An introduction to optics relevant to optometry and necessary to understand the optical performance of the eye, the design of ophthalmic lens applications, and the principles of operation of clinical instrumentation. Topics include; the basic principles of physical optics, the principles of image formation by lenses and lens systems mirrors and prisms, optics of the eye, ocular ametropia and aberrations.

Restriction: OPTOM 215, 262, 265

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 263 A and B

OPTOM 272A
15 Points

OPTOM 272B
15 Points

Visual Science 1: Structure and Function of the Visual System

Anatomy and physiology of the eye and visual pathway. Topics include composition and structure of the tear film, neural processing in the visual cortex, aspects of visual function including spatial and temporal vision, motion perception and colour vision. Investigation of visual perception using psychophysical and electrophysiological techniques.

Restriction: OPTOM 151, 170, 171

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 272 A and B

OPTOM 292A
7.5 Points

OPTOM 292B
7.5 Points

Issues in Optometry

Topics of special interest to students entering Optometry from overseas and from the graduate entry quota.

Prerequisite: Permission of Head of School

Restriction: OPTOM 191

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 292 A and B

Stage III

OPTOM 316A
30 Points

OPTOM 316B
30 Points

Optometry

An integrative approach to the scope of optometric practice, addressing both the theoretical basis and clinical practice of the optometric examination, correction of refractive error and dispensing of optical appliances. Topics covered include: visual acuity, visual fields, colour vision, biomicroscopy, ophthalmoscopy, refractive examination, binocular examination, optical correction, lens materials and coatings, history taking, communication skills and clinical problem solving.

Restriction: OPTOM 211, 212, 265, 313, 314, 365, 366

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 316 A and B

OPTOM 345A
7.5 Points

OPTOM 345B
7.5 Points

Principles of Ocular Pharmacology

General principles of pharmacology. Pharmacodynamics. Drug absorption, distribution and metabolism. Mechanism of drug action at receptors. Drugs and their application on ophthalmic practice. The autonomic nervous system: anatomy and physiology. Mechanisms of action of ocular pharmaceutical agents. Principles of pharmacological treatment of ocular disease. Drug interactions. Legislation on use of ocular pharmaceutical agents by optometrists in New Zealand and internationally. Introduction to therapeutic agents in optometric practice. Scope of treatment. Shared care.

Prerequisite: OPTOM 171 or 272

Restriction: OPTOM 245

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 345 A and B

OPTOM 353A
7.5 Points

OPTOM 353B
7.5 Points

Ocular Pathology

Pathophysiology of the eye. Histopathology of eye disease. Pathology of orbit, lacrimal system, conjunctiva, cornea, uvea, lens and retina. Developmental anomalies of the eye.

Restriction: OPTOM 251

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 353 A and B

OPTOM 375A
7.5 Points

OPTOM 375B
7.5 Points

Visual Science 2

To provide an understanding of visual information processing in human brain. In particular the cortical processing of shape, motion and colour, and development of the visual cortex will be addressed. A problem-oriented approach will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will acquire the ability to seek, evaluate and retrieve scientific information on which to base their clinical practice.

Restriction: OPTOM 270

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 375 A and B

OPTOM 392A
7.5 Points

OPTOM 392B
7.5 Points

Issues in Optometry 2

Prerequisite: Permission of Head of School

Restriction: OPTOM 291

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 392 A and B

Stage IV

OPTOM 416A
15 Points

OPTOM 416B
15 Points

Clinical Optometry

Facilitates the transition from student to professional optometrist. Topics addressed include: structuring the routine optometric examination in a clinical setting, diagnosis and management of disorders of the visual system, case analysis, myopia control, visual ergonomics, vision screening, and visual standards. This course culminates in students examining and managing clients in the public University Clinics under supervision.

Restriction: OPTOM 312, 415

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 416 A and B

OPTOM 430A
7.5 Points

OPTOM 430B
7.5 Points

Contact Lens Practice

Principles of contact lens fitting and clinical procedures used in contact lens practice. Topics include: current designs of contact lenses, soft and rigid materials used in contact lens manufacture, contact lens optics and verification techniques, contact lens fitting, patient contact lens care, and complications associated with contact lens wear.

Restriction: OPTOM 330

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 430 A and B

OPTOM 442A
7.5 Points

OPTOM 442B
7.5 Points

Optometry for Special Populations

An advanced clinical course including consideration of visual disorders specific to children, adults with binocular vision abnormalities, or those with visual impairment including the older population. Topics include: developmental aspects and assessment of infants/children, investigation and management of binocular eye-movement disorders; and diagnosis and management of vision problems in visually impaired patients including electronic, optical and non-optical low vision appliances.

Restriction: OPTOM 341, 440, 441

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 442 A and B

OPTOM 450A
15 Points

OPTOM 450B
15 Points

Diseases of the Eye and Visual System: Diagnosis and Management

Signs, symptoms and diagnosis of diseases of the eye, ocular adnexa and visual system, including neurological dysfunction and signs of systemic disease. Management of diseases of eye, ocular adnexa and visual system, including the use of therapeutic agents. Indications, contraindications and side effects of therapeutic agents for the treatment of ocular disease.

Restriction: OPTOM 351, 352, 355

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 450 A and B

OPTOM 473A
15 Points

OPTOM 473B
15 Points

Research in Advanced Vision Science

Study modules on a range of topics in optometry and vision science, with the focus being on developing research skills including an evidence-based approach to investigations. Study will include supervised investigations into an approved topic relating to optometry and vision science, including clinical and applied research.

Restriction: OPTOM 470, 475, 480, 570

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 473 A and B

OPTOM 492A
7.5 Points

OPTOM 492B
7.5 Points

Issues in Optometry 3

Prerequisite: Permission of Head of School

Restriction: OPTOM 391

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 492 A and B

Stage V

OPTOM 510A
15 Points

OPTOM 510B
15 Points

Advanced Clinical Optometry 1

Clinical work with responsibility, under supervision, for patients.

Restriction: OPTOM 410

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 510 A and B

OPTOM 520A
15 Points

OPTOM 520B
15 Points

Advanced Clinical Optometry 2

Clinical work with greater emphasis on particular areas in optometry including: contact lenses, low vision, binocular vision, paediatric optometry and practice management.

Restriction: OPTOM 420

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 520 A and B

OPTOM 560A
15 Points

OPTOM 560B
15 Points

Optometry in Practice

Supervised clinical work in locations external to the Grafton Campus Optometry Clinic. These locations may include University satellite clinics, private optometry practice, hospital eye departments, overseas institutions, or experience in other approved locations. Lectures address; legislation relevant to healthcare including registration and competency, occupational safety and health, ethics, practice management, small business management.

Restriction: OPTOM 462

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 560 A and B

OPTOM 561A
30 Points

OPTOM 561B
30 Points

Optometry in Practice

Advanced clinical work experience in locations external to the Grafton Campus Optometry Clinic. These locations may include University satellite clinics, private optometry practices, hospital eye departments, private ophthalmology practices, overseas institutions, or other approved locations. Topics include; therapeutic management of eye disease, legislation relevant to healthcare including registration and competency, occupational safety and health, ethics, practice management, small business management.

Restriction: OPTOM 462, 560

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 561 A and B

OPTOM 570A
15 Points

OPTOM 570B
15 Points

Research in Advanced Optometric Science

Study modules on a range of topics in optometry and vision science, with the focus being on developing an evidence-based approach on selected topics. Study will include supervised investigations into an approved topic relating to optometry and vision science, including clinical and applied research.

Prerequisite: OPTOM 416, 430, 442, 450

Restriction: OPTOM 470, 473, 475, 480

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 570 A and B

OPTOM 592A
7.5 Points

OPTOM 592B
7.5 Points

Issues in Optometry 4

A number of special topics in Clinical Skills. Further information may be obtained from the School of Optometry and Vision Science.

Prerequisite: Permission of Head of School

Restriction: OPTOM 491

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 592 A and B

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

OPTOM 751
30 Points

OPTOM 751A
15 Points

OPTOM 751B
15 Points

Special Study in Vision Science

The study of selected fields of vision science at an advanced level with detailed study of a particular field. The topic will be prescribed by the Head of School.

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 751 A and B, or OPTOM 751

OPTOM 752
30 Points

OPTOM 752A
15 Points

OPTOM 752B
15 Points

Special Study

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 752 A and B, or OPTOM 752

OPTOM 757A
15 Points

OPTOM 757B
15 Points

Special Study in Optometry

The study of selected fields of optometry at an advanced level with detailed study of the particular field. The topic will be prescribed by the Head of School.

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 757 A and B

OPTOM 759
30 Points

OPTOM 759A
15 Points

OPTOM 759B
15 Points

Special Study

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 759 A and B, or OPTOM 759

OPTOM 783A
15 Points

OPTOM 783B
15 Points

Research Project in Vision Science

Supervised research that represents the personal scholarly work of a student based on a coherent inquiry at an advanced level into an approved topic related to vision science.

Corequisite: OPTOM 416, 430, 442, 450

Restriction: OPTOM 473, 570

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 783 A and B

OPTOM 791A
45 Points

OPTOM 791B
45 Points

Research Portfolio in Clinical Optometry

Advanced clinical optometry research in a chosen sub-specialist area of optometric practice. The area of special interest may include contact lenses, low vision, paediatric optometry, binocular vision, ocular disease management, or any other area approved by the Head of School.

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 791 A and B

OPTOM 796A
60 Points

OPTOM 796B
60 Points

MSc Thesis in Optometry

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 796 A and B

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