SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1B521541
Module Leader Nadia Northway
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will introduce key concepts in health care such as epidemiology, medical ethics and the systems for monitoring child health, such as screening. This module will also study the early development of human life including embryonic, genetic and post natal development. Common diseases and disorders will be taught giving students the basic knowledge of diseases and developmental disorders that might affect the children that they will be assessing and managing in the Orthoptic clinic.


Neonatal and Postnatal development including visual development Post natal assessment , Normal-17 early-17 childhood-17 development-17 Developmental assessment Visual development Communication , and Case History child health care Childhood Disease Common signs and symptoms of viral, bacterial, endocrine, muscular and neurological disease and there importance in eye care practice Common-18 childhood-19 disorders and syndromes and their ocular associations :-18 Down's-18 Syndrome,-17 Cerebral-18 Palsy,-18 Asthma, Cranio-facial dysotosis and other abnormal head shapes , Neurological disorders ( epilepsy , neurofibromatosis, Intro-18 to-18 common-18 Orthoptic-18 syndromes ( Duanes and Browns syndrome), Vision disorders in early childhood: Introduction to Amblyopia, Delayed visual maturation, Oculomotor apraxia. Cortical blindness, ROP, Cataract , Retinoblastoma etc Health and Disease Introduction to epidemiology and health reporting and statistics . Disease distributions, incidence, geography, and time trends Interventions:-17 screening,-17 randomised-17 controlled trials,-14 health-14 service-14 research,-14 Medical ethics and codes of conduct

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:Understand basic epidemiology principles, Understand medical ethics specific to childhood medical care and be aware of relevant codes of conduct, safe guarding and child protectionUnderstand child health screening Understand normal childhood development, physical, emotional, behavioral and sensoryDescribe the features of common disorders and developmental anomalies and their ocular features Describe key aspects of visual development from birth Understand the role of the eye care professional in children's health and developmentRecognise the key features of common childhood illnesses and their ocular associations

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The course includes a combination of teaching and learning strategies to achieve efficient and effective delivery including lectures, seminars and blended learning . The content of the module will also be reflected in placement objectives for 1st year.

Indicative Reading

From Birth to Five Years: Children's Developmental Progress (Paperback), Mary D Sheridan (Author), Ajay Sharma (Author), Helen Cockerill (Author) Nelson Text Book of Paediatrics 17th Edition Forfer and Arneils Text Book of Paediatrics 6th Edition IAP Text Book of Paediatrics Development of the Infant and Young Child (Normal & Abnormal - Ronald S Illingworth 9th Edition) (Normal Child - Ronal S Illingworth 10th Editiion) Taylor and Hoyt's Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 5e Hardcove r

Transferrable Skills

Group work in seminars and discussions will develop collaborative skills Development of inter-personal skills through communication Awareness of role as part of a multidisciplinary team Problem solving skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 5.00
Independent Learning (FT) 65.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% essay1500 words
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Create a poster/information leaflet