Sensory Systems and Physiological Functioning

10 Units

Provides an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of sensory systems and other human body systems. RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Handbook at

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the major human body systems.
  2. Identify the basic functions of the visual and hearing systems and their role in the development of perception and cognition.
  3. Interpret clinical and functional vision reports within the context of physiological mechanisms.
  4. Describe the role of genetics and hereditary disorders in sensory impairment and deafblindness.

Topics will include:

  1. The human body: an orientation.
  2. Introduction to human body systems and physiological functioning: skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory.
  3. Anatomy and physiology of the visual and auditory systems.
  4. Low vision and perceptual functioning.
  5. Interpretation of clinical and functional vision assessments.
  6. Hereditary and genetic disorders impacting vision and/or hearing.
  7. Sensory and multiple impairments; deafblindness.
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Research paper
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Critical reviews
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Presentation
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC60661

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