Foundations of Vision Impairment
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.
- Semester 1 - 2016
On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.
Topics will include:
- Impact of disease on the body system;
- Anatomy of the eye and visual system;
- The process of seeing;
- Aetiology of vision impairment across the age spectrum;
- The impact of vision impairment on individuals;
- Roles of eye health professionals;
- Understanding ophthalmic examination;
- Interpretation of clinical reports;
- Understanding functional vision assessment;
- Introduction to low vision support.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies programs (11008 or 12365) or Master of Special Education programs (10936, 12356, or 40014).
No prior knowledge assumed.
Interview: Reflections on a Personal Interview
Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion Contribution
Written Assignment: Online Case Presentation
Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks