BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Sensation & Perception

Unit code PSYC11312
Credit rating 10
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

Intellectual skills

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

Practical skills

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

Assessment methods

A one hour muliple choice exam (50 questions) worth 40% and a 1500 word laboratory report worth 60%

Feedback methods

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.


Recommended reading

Goldstein, E. (2010) Sensation and Perception. 8th edition, paperback  Wadsworth.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Practical classes & workshops 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 74

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Luke Anthony Jones Unit coordinator

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