1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Research Studies in Vision and Optometry

Research Studies in Vision and Optometry (OPTO90025)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

You’re viewing the 2017 Handbook. View archived Handbooks

Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeOPTO90025
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry.

This subject aims to introduce the student to the research culture in the discipline by involvement in an investigation in vision science under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. The project will usually involve an in-depth appraisal of the scientific literature and, as appropriate to the topic, the use of biochemical, molecular biological, pharmacological, neurophysiological, psychophysical, computational, epidemiological or advanced clinical techniques. The practical component of the project will be typically undertaken as a collaborative team effort and a manuscript prepared by each student separately. There will be a series of lectures/tutorials that will provide students with the fundamentals of statistics that optometry students and newly graduated optometrists need to know to facilitate evidence-based practice. More complex research statistics will be covered in the group research project.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have attained skills in problem-identification and problem-solving, and developed expertise in applying these skills to scientific problems in the vision sciences and/or optometry;
  • understand the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project;
  • be able to write up scientific work in a potentially publishable way;
  • have gained insight into the breadth and diversity of research in the vision sciences and/or optometry; and
  • have attained statistical skill and knowledge that allows the application of research evidence to clinical practice.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have an appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research
  • have a capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work
  • be able to work as part of a team to address a common goal
  • have a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship
  • be able to independently advance their professional expertise and knowledge in optometry
  • be able to evaluate scientific literature as a foundation to evidence based practice
  • be able to articulate the interpretation of data in written form
  • be able to integrate knowledge from different domains and articulate knowledge and understanding in written and oral forms
  • value the collection and recording of accurate and complete data

Last updated: 16 August 2017