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PSY2002 : Perception

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gabriele Jordan
  • Lecturer: Professor Jenny Read, Dr Quoc Vuong, Professor Anya Hurlbert, Professor Christopher Petkov, Dr Yoav Tadmor, Prof. Vicki Bruce
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

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
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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.

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.

Reading Lists