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Module

PSY1005 : Sensation and Perception

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yoav Tadmor
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion431:0043:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Producing revision notes and topics summaries, practice questions.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00Non-synchronous online lecture materials will be presented via PPT slides and voice-over PPTs
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities81:008:00Non-synchronous online varied learning activities
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture material sets 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 additional formative interactive activities (including online CogLab sessions for hands-on-experience with experiments linked to course; selected video clips) will provide a forum to:
• Introduce and explore some of the topics at greater depth and breadth.
• Introduce further examples 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.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A10024 hour take home exam: unseen, Multiple Choice (40)
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.

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