Foundations of Vision Impairment

10 Units

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

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Upon 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.

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.
Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge No prior knowledge assumed.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Teaching Methods Case Study
Email Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Online Discussion -
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6668

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