Module Catalogue 2016/17

PSY2002 : Visual Perception (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gabriele Jordan
  • Lecturer: Prof. Vicki Bruce, Prof. Jenny Read, Dr Quoc Vuong, Prof. Anya Hurlbert, Prof. Christopher Petkov, Dr Yoav Tadmor
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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.

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

By the end of the module students should be able to:
1) Describe the organization and function of the visual system in detail.
2) Discuss and evaluate new findings and recognize their importance for our understanding of how the visual system functions.
3) Predict the outcome of lesions or damage to the brain on someone’s visual perception.
4) Apply their knowledge to make an assessment based on a pattern of visual deficits of the potential causes of these perceptual deficits.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:
1) Articulate the above knowledge outcomes clearly in written communication by drawing on primary research resources and using 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
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study821:0082:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are used as the principal 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

The MCQS will test the students’ breadth of knowledge of the visual system and its function. These will include questions asking students to match visual symptoms to potential patterns of damage in brain and vice versa. The essay questions will assess the students’ knowledge of the course in depth, and the relationship between the perception and the underlying brain structures. Students will have to answer questions in detail and bring into their answer additional new information from outside the lectures and assess and evaluate its importance.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 16/17. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

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