The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

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:

  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.


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).

Assumed knowledge

No prior knowledge assumed.

Assessment items

Interview: Reflections on a Personal Interview

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion Contribution

Written Assignment: Online Case Presentation