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Objectives: This course provides an understanding of geometric and physical optics. It is the first optics course in the Vision Science/Clinical Optometry program. This course will be delivered by lectures, laboratory classes and tutorial exercises designed to present, with least complexity, concepts in optics relevant to optometry & vision science.

Brief curriculum:

Geometrical optics: Basics of light and light propagation, rectilinear propagation of light, refraction and reflection at the plane and spherical surfaces, prisms, thin lenses, thick lenses, optical systems with multiple surfaces, simple magnifiers, compound magnifiers, telescopes, microscopes, stops, pupils and windows.

Physical optics: The wave nature of light, superposition of waves, interference, diffraction, and polarisation. 

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 2



Delivery Mode

Fully on-site

Indicative contact hours


Course Outline

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