Semester 2 - Online
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This subject is to enable optometrists to extend their abilities to evaluate the sensory and motor pathways of the visual system, both in the context of evaluating visual complaints themselves as well as gaining further knowledge of how visual and ocular motor signs may reflect a range of systemic conditions, particularly of the central nervous system. Because complaints related to these pathways may reflect problems arising anywhere from the anterior visual pathways to the higher-order visual cortices, optometrists should benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of the current state of knowledge of these pathways and their assessment.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject enrolled optometrists should:
- be familiar with the skills needed for assessment of sensory and motor aspects of the visual system;
- have sufficient knowledge to identify neurological conditions requiring referral to appropriate specialists;
- have a broad ability to incorporate latest findings from neuro-ophthalmic literature into assessment and management of patients seen in optometric practice;
- be able to modify and improve practice based on dialogue, self-reflection and life-long learning.
On completion of this subject the student should:
- have improved capacity to evaluate and synthesise a range of professional and scientific literature associated with the knowledge and skills in the area being studied;
- be able to articulate knowledge and understanding in a written presentation;
- have developed an understanding of the value of advanced knowledge and improved technology to both a professional and wider community;
- have an appreciation of the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of research;
- have developed a high level of analytic and problem solving skill;
- have developed a flexibility of approach to enable better response to a background of rapidly changing information;
- have confidence to broaden scope of knowledge by consulting professional and scientific literature from fields that overlap and enhance professional practice;
- have the confidence to call upon peers to discuss and confer when needed;
- have developed capacity to manage competing demands on time and enhanced capacity for self-directed work;
- have and understanding of the area being studied in an international context.
Last updated: 18 December 2020