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What You'll Study

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP3035 Physiological and Visual Optics
Provides information on the function of the visual pathway, including the study of spectral sensitivity, colour perception and luminance. The module introduces the eye as an optical instrument. Topics include emmetropia and ametropia of the eye, distribution and correction of refractive errors, visual resolution and ocular aberrations, ocular transmission characteristics, retinal stimulus pattern and basics of eye movements.
CP3047 Geometrical and Physical Optics
Covers the study of physical optics, aberrations, photometry, laser and fibre optics. It also provides a basic understanding of the optics of thin lenses, lens systems and aberrations.
CP3048 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
Aims to give students a general understanding of the anatomical features and the functions of the different structures of the eye. Students learn the structural details of the eye and its surroundings and also the importance of their physiology in maintaining good vision.
CP3055 Human Physiology and Cell Biology
Introduces students to the structures of various organs in the human body and the relationships among their systems, functions and biochemical activities. It also provides the foundation in cell and molecular biology.
CP3060 Clinical Optometry 1
Provides students with an understanding of clinical optometric process in eye consultation. This is the first of three modules to build students’ competency in clinical optometry. It develops students’ technical skill and competency in performing vision assessment. This module gives students the opportunity to work with patients early in their educational experience.
CP3061 Clinical Optometry 2
Develops students’ clinical problem solving skills related to patients’ refractive error through case study discussions. It also provides the opportunity for students to work with patients.
CP3071 Ophthalmic Optics
Covers the manufacturing, measurement, standards and specifications of ophthalmic lenses and spectacle frames. Students learn the skills of transforming a prescription into high quality eyeglasses.
CP3072 Ophthalmic Dispensing
Teaches advanced techniques of spectacles assembly. Students learn about the application of latest ophthalmic products and their performance. This module will equip students with the skills to dispense optical appliances to patients in the most effective way.
LC0255 Communicating for Project (Proposal) Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the skills to articulate and communicate ideas persuasively, and to work effectively in teams. They will be taught to pitch ideas or concepts and to write proposals to an intended audience.
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
MS2101 Mathematics A
Provides students with knowledge in mathematics and statistics to solve problems encountered in their course of study. Topics include set theory, function, Boolean algebra, computer arithmetic, matrix algebra, geometric transformations, probability and statistics.
MS2103 Mathematics B
Equip students with an adequate knowledge of mathematics and analytical skills to handle the problems encountered in their course of studies. The topics include differentiation, partial differentiation, integration, numerical methods, first-order differential equations and their applications. Students will also learn how to use mathematical software in this module.
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP3013 Ocular Pharmacology
Introduces students to the basic concepts of pharmacology and ocular drugs. Ocular diagnostic and therapeutic drugs such as mydriatic, miotic, cycloplegic and glaucoma drugs are covered in some detail. Students are given a good understanding of ocular and systemic side effects of ocular and some commonly seen general drugs.
CP3022 Clinical Practice I
Develops the clinical critical thinking and problem solving skills of optometry students by hands-on clinical experience in patient examination.
CP3052 Contact Lens Practice 1
Develops students’ clinical critical thinking and problem solving skills in contact lens consultation and examination.
CP3056 Ocular Disease 1
Provides an overview of the science of microbiology, with an emphasis on the application to the study of ocular infections. The module covers the diagnosis and management of anterior segment of the eye in response to local pathologic processes (e.g. infection, trauma, neoplasm) and disorders (e.g. congenital).
CP3057 Ocular Disease 2
Covers the diagnosis, referral and management of eye conditions in response to degenerations, injuries and systemic pathologic processes with emphasis on the conditions of the posterior segment of the eye.
CP3062 Clinical Optometry 3
Builds up on Clinical Optometry I and II with the technical skills to assess the anterior ocular health of patient.
CP3066 Contact Lens
Covers the principles of contact lens and integrate them with students’ understanding of the cornea, tear film and eyelid anatomy. The emphasis is also on the acquisition of contact lens-related clinical skills, problem solving and clinical decision making in the fitting of soft contact lenses.
CP3067 Binocular Vision and Paediatric Optometry 1
Introduces the motor and sensory aspects and development of binocular vision and anomalies of adults and paediatric population. Topics include monocular and binocular eye movements, anomalous binocular fixation, amblyopia, strabismus and nystagmus.
CP3069 Research Methods in Optometry
Provides students with the basic concepts of research methods in the areas of Vision Science and Optometry. Statistical software is used extensively to perform and simplify statistical calculations.
CP4001 Analytical and Physical Chemistry
Provides students with fundamentals in analytical and physical chemistry. Students will learn the basic concepts of moles, concentrations in different units, reduction-oxidation reactions and equilibrium. Students will also acquire basic practical skills to analyse a range of substances quantitatively through simple volumetric analytical procedures.
CP4006 Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
Provides students with essential knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles of inorganic and organic chemistry. It enables students to understand the theoretical basis of physical and chemical properties of molecules. Students will also have a broad understanding of the chemical reactions of various functional groups of organic compounds.
LC8003 Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BA9014 Business Management for Optometry Practice
Introduces students to basic concepts in marketing, operations management and finance. Students will apply this knowledge to plan and organise an enterprise. Students will also be provided with an understanding of the optometry practice and the legal and professional regulations governing the practice in Singapore.
CP3024 Clinical Practice 2
Further develops the clinical skills needed to competently examine patients in optometric practice, and recommend appropriate treatment, strategies and management for patients presenting for primary eye care.
CP3053 Contact Lens Practice 2
Provides in-depth clinical experience in diagnosis of contact lens complications and development of patient management skills.
CP3064 Low Vision and Community Health Optometry
Introduces students to the health care delivery system within Singapore and optometrists’ role in this system. It also provides students with the knowledge of public health and in particular vision and ageing, blindness and low vision. The module also provides the techniques and rationale of visual ergonomics, lighting, vision demands at work and recreation including industrial ocular hazards and their prevention.
CP3068 Binocular Vision and Paediatric Optometry 2
Covers the motor and sensory aspects and development of binocular vision and anomalies with more emphasis on eye examination and management of paediatric patients, and patients with strabismus.
CP3070 Project
Allows students to work independently with professionals and academic supervisors in designing protocols for vision science and clinical research and analysis of results to solve practical problems. Students work in small groups under the supervision of a lecturer.
IB2004 Internship Programme
This is a 17-week programme that allows students to gain retail Optometry learning experience in optical outlets.
17 weeks


Please note: Course structure subjected to change.

Amelia Tay Shi Ning

Optometry Course Gold Medallist 2015

"My experience in SP DOPT was enriching and exciting, from learning the basics in year 1 to being able to provide comprehensive eye care services to the members of public in year 3. This journey was never easy; however, our friendly Optometry lecturers and course-mates ensured that the learning journey was more enjoyable. I wish to use the optometry skills and knowledge I have acquired to bring Singapore's primary eye care to a higher level."