|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
|PSY1005||Sensation and Perception|
The course will provide insights into both lower- and higher-level aspects of perceptions across different domains (e.g. visual and auditory). Apart from gaining knowledge of perceptual systems, students will be encouraged to think about possible everyday applications of the various topics (why is it important, who does it benefit) and develop an awareness of the pros and cons of a variety of experimental measures. Ultimately, students should be able to evaluate key readings and get a better foundation for undertaking related projects in their final year if they so wish.
Perceptions permit us to obtain knowledge of our environment by processing the sensory input (e.g. light, sounds) and working out the most likely interpretation of the state of the world. Perceptions across any domain (visual, auditory, smell etc) seem to be remarkably effortless and instantaneous, but the underlying steps required to succeed are diverse and complex and require the student to think about aspects of physics (the stimulus), the neural substrates (brain), as well as psychology.
The course will take the student from lower-level, more elementary aspects of perceptions (such as colour, depth, space, or sound) to higher-level perception of objects, faces, scenes, or voices and indeed the perception of beauty or aesthetics.
Students will be made aware of the progression from classical, seminal studies to modern developments taught by researchers who can be considered as at the forefront of their respective fields.
1) Describe the organisation and function of the visual system.
2) Discuss and evaluate new findings and recognise 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.
By the end of the module students should be able to:
Articulate the above knowledge outcomes clearly in written communication by drawing on primary research resources and using word processing packages.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||6||1:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||82||1:00||82:00||N/A|
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 more in-depth knowledge, to integrate material across lectures, and to improve understanding. The private study is essential for in-depth review of knowledge imparted through lectures.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|PC Examination||90||2||A||100||Unseen, essay question 50% & MCQ 50%|
The MCQs will test the students’ breadth of knowledge of perceptual systems and their functions. The essay questions will assess the students’ knowledge of the course in more depth.. They will have to answer questions in detail demonstrating their understanding of the current developments in the field and be able to reflect on the topics’ importance for the field itself and their everyday context.
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