Advanced Visual Science

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  Key facts: 

  • 20 masters level credits
  • Distance learning
  • Standalone module
  • Module code: OP4AVS

This course is for you if you are a clinician in the field of optometry and are looking to develop your knowledge in visual function and mechanisms. You will explore topics such as masking and suppression, binocular interactions and role of attention in vision.

  • Credit value: 20 masters level credits 
  • Mode of delivery: Distance Learning   
  • Course type: Standalone Module
  • Module code: OP4AVS
  • Start date: March
  • Number of places available: Varies
  • Duration: 16 weeks
  • Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend up to 200 hours of study in total. 
  • Entry requirement: You must be a clinician in the field of optometry.

How to apply

  • Applications for our next intake are currently open. Closing date: 31 January.

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For 2018 entry: £1100

This course will provide you with a theoretical background in understanding visual function and visual mechanisms.

The module will cover advanced studies in visual science, aiming to give a good understanding of current ideas about visual function and visual mechanisms, with emphasis on their connections to clinical and/or industrial practice within the field of Optometry.  The module will describe basic and clinical studies on spatial vision, temporal vision, binocular vision, neuroimaging techniques and their application to amblyopia, human peripheral vision, the role of M and P cells and how this relates to clinical studies on glaucoma, and the role of attention in vision.

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Signal detection theory & psychophysics
  • Spatial vision & feature coding
  • Temporal vision & motion perception
  • Masking and suppression
  • Binocular interactions
  • Crowding and summation
  • Neuroimaging techniques: essential theory & methodology
  • Neuroimaging in human amblyopia
  • Human peripheral vision: role of M & P cells
  • Role of attention in vision.

This course is delivered via distance learning. You will access learning materials for general study, revision and assessment via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

Assessment is by coursework submitted throughout the course. Coursework will take the form of formative assessments (MCQs) and individual assignment. 

Our courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

The Optometry CPD modules allow you to develop specialist knowledge in advanced optometric topics. Clinical application and content may allow eye care professionals to widen and specialise their mode of practice.

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff practise / have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

Course Director: Prof Steve Anderson

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