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MEng Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction) / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Perception and Action

Unit code PSYC21112
Credit rating 5
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This course unit builds upon the topics introduced in First Year; students will be expected to be familiar with basic ideas and concepts as covered in PSYC11312 Sensation and Perception.

We will detail advanced theories of visual perception and discuss more complex perception, for example the perception of complex motion, 3D perception; object recognition, multisensory perception; perceiving reflections and shadows, ecological perception, perception of art, event perception, time perception, space perception and face perception.  We will also discuss aspects of action including human action, disorders of action and the perception of actions.

 

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Sensation & Perception PSYC11312 Pre-Requisite Recommended

Aims

The unit aims to introduce students to more advanced concepts in perception and action, and develop their experience of discussing research within a seminar group

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:

Demonstrate an understanding of advanced perception and action research; Critically evaluate the methods used in perception and action research; Relate empirical findings to our understanding of perception in the real world.

Intellectual Skills:

Critically analyze the empirical basis for perception and action research; Apply knowledge of perception and action to interpret research findings and everyday situations.

Practical Skills:

Appraise empirical data; Be able to discuss empirical findings with others within a small group context; Plan, research and write up an essay on a topic in the area of perception and action.

Transferable skills and personal qualities:

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in: Synthesising information; summarising theories and evidence; critical thinking; evaluating research; working in groups; communicating effectively both orally and in writing; presenting concise and persuasive arguments

Syllabus

Week 1:

Theories of Perception - Luke Jones

Week 2:

Colour & Lightness constancy - Luke Jones

Week 3:

Object recognition - Karen Lander

Week 4:

Face recognition - Karen Lander

Week 5:

Spatial Vision - Rebecca Champion

Week 6:

Depth Perception - Rebecca Champion

Week 7:

Motion Perception - Rebecca Champion

Week 8:

Perception of Action 1 - Ellen Poliakoff

EASTER

Week 9:

Perception of Action 2 - Ellen Poliakoff

Week 10:

Motor Control & Disorders of Action 1 - Ellen Poliakoff

Week 11:

Motor Control & Disorders of Action 2 - Ellen Poliakoff

Teaching and learning methods

This course will consist of 18 hours of lectures. E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources including case studies, news items, quizzes and Wikis, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.

Knowledge and understanding

Students should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of advanced perception and action research; Critically evaluate the methods used in perception and action research; Relate empirical findings to our understanding of perception in the real world

Intellectual skills

Students should be able to:

Critically analyze the empirical basis for perception and action research; Apply knowledge of perception and action to interpret research findings and everyday situations

 

Practical skills

Students should be able to:

Appraise empirical data; Be able to discuss empirical findings with others within a small group context; Plan, research and write up an essay on a topic in the area of perception and action.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students should be able to:

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in: Synthesising information; summarising theories and evidence; critical thinking; evaluating research; working in groups; communicating effectively both orally and in writing; presenting concise and persuasive arguments

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Students will receive a grade and can request a summary of their performance after the exam board.

Recommended reading

Ward, J. (2010). The student’s guide to cognitive neuroscience (3rd ed.). Hove: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Independent study hours
Independent study 32

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Karen Lander Unit coordinator

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