SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B522294
Module Leader Uma Shahani
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

To give students an understanding of retinal function including phot transduction cascade, neural processing of light by the retina and retinal blood supply. Physiology and anatomy of the central nervous system including neral processing in sensory and motor systems, association cortex


The structure of the retina RPE and retinal blood supply Cranial Nerves Autonomics NS Blood Supply to Brain Brain Stem and cerebellum Cerebrum 1 Special Senses - Taste and Smell Somatic Motor Pathways Hearing Visual Pathway-Integration Spinal Cord and Spinal Nerves Diencephalan Cerebrum II Special Senses-Skin and Touch Vestibular System Visual Pathway -Retina to Brain Retinal Measurement ERG/EOG Retinal Measurement imaging in vivo OCT OPTOS etc

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the:- structure and function of the retina- retinal Blood supply- retinal Nerve supply- basic structure and function of the brain: including the cerebellum, cerebral cortex, diencephalon, midbrain, brainstem and spinal cord- cerebral blood supply- cranial nerves and their functions in health and disease- sensory pathways to the brain: somatosensory, auditory, gustatory and olfactory pathways- motor pathways- integration of visual pathways

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. Transferable skills will be developed.

Indicative Reading

Tortora and Derrickson (14 Edition 2014) Oyster C W, The Human Eye Sinauer Associates (2006) ISBN: 087893440

Transferrable Skills

Independent study skills; scientific reporting skills; microscopy skills; skills with scientific equipment (electroculography)

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 35% 3 Class Tests
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Lab Assessments