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Research Studies in Vision and Optometry (OPTO90025)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeOPTO90025
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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

This subject provides an authentic research experience in the discipline by involvement in an investigation in vision science and/or optometry 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 typically be undertaken as a collaborative team effort. A research proposal will be developed as a team, and the team will present the project outcomes as a poster in a conference setting. Each student will individually prepare a manuscript that is in a format suitable for publication in a journal.

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; and
  • have gained insight into the breadth and diversity of research in the vision sciences and/or optometry.

Generic skills

  • 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
  • be able to articulate the interpretation of data in written and oral forms
  • 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: 17 January 2018