Ocular Pathology (OPSC5012)


Ocular pathology is a specialty area within the study of ophthalmology. Ophthalmologists and pathologists require specific teaching to gain insights into this field. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists requires trainees to study ocular pathology as part of their training. This course aims to equip and train prospective candidates in this exciting field. Successful candidates will gain an understanding of pathology and it basic techniques, gain an understanding of the advanced techniques currently available for the investigation of ocular diseases, understand the application of these concepts in ophthalmology, identify, analyse, understand and further investigate pathologic processes in the eye and adenexae, become familiar with internet based bioinformatics - reference tools to aid clinical practice, research and self learning and be aware of the future therapeutic opportunities in pathologic processes.

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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.


1x3000wd assignment every 3wks (45%), online interaction (10%), 1x3hr exam (45%)


Ophthalmic Pathology: An Illustrated Guide for Clinicians, Sehu K.W. & Lee W.R., Blackwell Pub/BMJ Books 2005.
Eye Pathology: an Atlas and Text (2nd ed), Ralph C Eagle, Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011

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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.