OPTOM 101G How We See

OPTOM 101G | Open | Semester Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


Overview of the interdisciplinary study of human vision. The course introduces the biological/physiological organisation of the visual system, discusses the subjective nature of perception, and the implications of studies of biological visual systems for machine vision. Interdisciplinary understandings of vision will be enriched by the examination of historical paintings and artists’ visual experiences.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic visual pathway and concepts of visual processing (e.g. receptive fields, neuronal tuning, opponency, adaptation) 
  2. Describe common visual disorders and their physiological basis.
  3. Identify the modular organisation of human visual processing.
  4. Describe and discuss the role of attention and awareness in visual perception.
  5. Describe and discuss why perception is subjective and variable between people.
  6. Explain the challenges of machine vision and virtual reality.
  7. Use basic skills to measure visual function in the lab and clinic.

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