Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Sensation & Perception
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Division of Psychology and Mental Health|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course material will be delivered via lectures (with associated e-learning resources) and will be supported with 4 lab-based sessions.
The unit aims to provide students with an overview of the basic elements of sensation and perception and to introduce them to philosophical, experimental and biological approaches. Students will learn about the fundamental aspects of vision and other sensory systems and will develop practical research experience through laboratory work.
Teaching and learning methods
This course will consist of 18 hours of lectures and four 2-hour laboratory classes.
E-learning will be provided through Blackboard. In particular, quizzes and Wikis, visuals, video clips, references to news items, interesting case studies and debates whenever possible. A monitored discussion board will be provided.
Knowledge and understanding
ecognise the complementary but different roles played by bottom-up and top-down processing in how we interpret the world
Demonstrate an understanding of sensation and perception in the different sensory modalities, from receptors to higher level processing.
Describe and understand the methods used to investigate sensation and perception
Recognise the limitations imposed by particular design decisions
Understand and compare the empirical basis for different theories of sensation and perception
Apply knowledge of sensation and perception to interpret research findings and everyday situations
Appraise empirical data
Conduct experimental laboratory work using psychological methods
Independently gather and organise material from various sources
Present experimental work in writing conforming to APA standards
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Present information, ideas and arguments in written form with due regard to the target audience and discipline conventions
Sustain and develop cogent and coherent arguments
Work in a group to solve problems
A one hour muliple choice exam (50 questions) worth 40% and a 1500 word laboratory report worth 60%
Throughout the course there will be a discussion board on Blackboard; Where we will monitor and respond to questions and follow up on the talking points that arise. There will also be practice multiple choice questions to test your knowledge ahead of the exam.
Goldstein, E. (2010) Sensation and Perception. 8th edition, paperback Wadsworth.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||8|
|Independent study hours|
|Luke Anthony Jones||Unit coordinator|