Foundations of Vision Impairment

Course code EDUC6668Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course provides foundation knowledge in the cause and implication of disease and vision impairment across the age spectrum. The learner will develop a broad view of the low vision needs of individuals and their role in this.

RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Handbook at

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of human anatomy and development of the body systems;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of disease on an individual;
3. Apply knowledge of eye disease and vision impairment to an individual's circumstances;
4. Interpret clinical findings and vision behaviours to develop appropriate individual vision profiles according to need;
5. Recommend appropriate low vision support.
ContentTopics will include:
1. Impact of disease on the body system;
2. Anatomy of the eye and visual system;
3. The process of seeing;
4. Aetiology of vision impairment across the age spectrum;
5. The impact of vision impairment on individuals;
6. Roles of eye health professionals;
7. Understanding ophthalmic examination;
8. Interpretation of clinical reports;
9. Understanding functional vision assessment;
10. Introduction to low vision support.
Replacing Course(s)Nil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo prior knowledge assumed.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Essays / Written Assignments
Online Discussion
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6668