Ocular Genetics (OPSC5011)


Ocular genetics is becoming better understood as advances are made in the field. Areas of diagnosis, prognosis and possible gene therapy are becoming much more relevant and deserve to be included in the formal training of ophthalmologists.

Successful candidates will gain an understanding of genetics and molecular tools used in current medical genetics and disease gene discovery, understand the application of these concepts in ophthalmology, gain an overview of the current knowledge of genes associated with eye disease and the patho-physiological mechanisms, be aware of the broader ethical considerations when applying genetic knowledge to patients, become familiar with internet based bioinformatics - reference tools to aid clinical practice, research and self learning and be aware of the future therapeutic opportunities.

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online/distance learning environment (total of 20hrs/wk) for 13 wks comprising: lectures delivered online (3 hrs/wk), online tutorials (1hr/wk), self directed learning and assignments (16hrs/wk), wk 14 for revision. In addition to time spent on assignments it is expected that the student will spend approximately 120 hours of private study over the course of the fourteen weeks. It is also suggested that 25 hours of study will be necessary to prepare for the 3 hour examination at the end of the semester.


1x3000word assignment every 3wks (45%), online interaction (10%), 1x3hr exam (45%)

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.