Module Catalogue 2015/16

PSY2002 : Visual Perception

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Tovee
  • Owning School: Psychology
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
PSY1005Sensation and Perception
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The aim of the course is to provide an insight into how sensory information is encoded and processed in the brain to produce our perception of the world, and to discuss how damage or disease can alter this processing and what it tells us about the underlying mechanisms of perception.

Original Summary:

Outline Of Syllabus

This course gives a detailed overview of the sensory processes leading to perception, focussing on vision. The course will range from basic, low-level visual processes to higher-level visual perception. Topics covered will include colour vision, depth perception, motion perception and object recognition. The course will give an insight into how the visual system is organised and functions to produce visual perception

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module the student will gain a concise, but detailed over view of how the visual system is organised and functions to produce visual perception. There have been a host of new advances in our understanding of how our visual system is organised. These new discoveries stretch from the structural basis of the visual pigments which capture light to the neural basis of higher visual function. This course will cover these new developments, and place them in the context of established findings to enable students to gain an up-to-date and integrated view of visual perception.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Written communication, use of primary research resources, use of word processing packages.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Written Other : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study821:0082:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are used as the principle and most effective mode of imparting the core knowledge of the module. The additional seminars provide students with the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge, to integrate material across lectures, and to improve understanding. The private study is essential for in-depth review of knowledge imparted through lectures.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A100Unseen, essay question 50% & MCQ 50%
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examination Assessment (further information):
The exam is composed of 45 MCQs (which make up 50% of the marks) and one essay from a choice of three questions (50% of the marks)

Rationale & Relationship of Assessment Methods to Learning Outcomes:
The MCQs allow an assessment of the students’ broad knowledge of the area, while the essay question allows them to show depth of learning on a specific topic.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 15/16. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

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