Module Catalogue 2018/19

PSY2002 : Perception

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gabriele Jordan
  • Lecturer: Professor Anya Hurlbert, Professor Christopher Petkov, Dr Yoav Tadmor, Professor Vicki Bruce, Professor Jenny Read, Dr Michael Schmid, Dr Quoc Vuong
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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 module 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.

Outline Of Syllabus

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 module 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.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

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.

Intended Skill Outcomes

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

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
      • 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
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
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 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.

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 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.

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.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 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 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.