SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B522293
Module Leader Suzanne Hagan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

To give students a basic introduction to an understanding of the cell and its structure and function, the nervous system, the structure and function of the anterior and Posterior eye, basic embryology of the eye, the ocular adnexa and relevant aspects of the head, neck and face


Introduction to Cell Biology The cell plasma membrane Cellular functions Cellular communications in tissues The cell cyle Cell Death Introduction to the Nervous System Neural signalling Gross ocular anatomy Anatomy of skull, orbit and ocular suspension Extra-ocular muscles and their innervation Embryology of the Eye Review of Eyelid Cornea and Conjunctiva Ocular blood supply Lens and accommodation Review of Uvea Aqueous drainage and production Sclera/Vitreous Lacrimal Gland and Tears Introduction to the Retina

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the1. Cellular functioning and communication2. Chemical and electrical signalling in neurons3. Anatomy of the head, neck and face4. Basic embryology of the eye5.Optical media of the eye (including conjunctiva, cornea, lens and humours)6. Fluid dynamics of the eye7. Physiological control of ocular stability8. Functions of the retina and posterior eye

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will be in lecture format supported by independent reading and private study for two class tests through the trimester. Laboratory teaching/learning will incorporate practical demonstration, interactive and blended learning.

Indicative Reading

Oyster C W, The Human Eye Sinauer Associates (2006) ISBN: 0878936440 Forrester, J., Dick, A., McMenamin, P. & roberts, F. The Eye-Basic Sciences in Practice (2015) Saunders Ltd ISBN: 0703066649 Snell, Richard S, Lemp, Michael A. Clinical Anatomy of the Eye, Blackwell Sciences (1998) ASIN: B00E6T6T10

Transferrable Skills

Independent study skills; scientific report skills; microscopy skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 152.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% 4 lab reports
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 35% 2 class tests