Module Catalogue 2023/24

PSY1005 : Sensation and Perception

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yoav Tadmor
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Code Title
PSY1004Cognitive Psychology
Co Requisite Comment



To introduce the principles underlying our ability to sense and perceive light, sound, touch, taste and smell.

Original Summary:
The module introduces the sensory and perceptual processes for our primary senses. It will cover: (i) how different sensory organs function and the basic processes of sensory transduction and (ii) how those sensory inputs lead to perception – the internal representation of our environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

Principles of sensory processing
Eye and vision
Perception of colours
Perception of depth
Perception of motion
Sounds and Hearing
Taste and Smell
The body senses
Brain structures involved in perception

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module the student will be able to:
Describe and discuss the sensory and perceptual processes for our primary senses
Explain how sensation and perception can be studied.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of this module the student will be able to:
Acquire, organise and retrieve information effectively
Make critical judgements and evaluations
Reason scientifically

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion721:0072:00Producing revision notes and topics summaries, practice questions.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials112:0022:00Non-synchronous online lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00Present in person
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module follows a ‘flipped’ classroom’ rationale: The lecture materials set the parameters of the course. Their purpose is to introduce the following main topics and principles:

• the different senses that feed our perception
• the basic principles common to the processing sensory information
• the integration of the sensory information components into percepts
• the brain structures that mediate perceptual integration.
The workshops will provide a forum to:
• Introduce and explore some of the topics at greater depth and breadth.
• Introduce further examples and clarifications for the more challenging topics introduced in the
main lectures.
• Introduce and guide the students on the effective use of further Internet or online resources for the course.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination901A100Multiple choice questions (90), unseen, PIP Inspera invigilated.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will be used to assess knowledge, independent learning, and understanding of material contained in the module.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2023/24 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2024/25 entry will be published here in early-April 2024. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.