Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Andreas Kalckert


Summary module description:

The aim of the module is that students should learn about basic concepts, theories and data in two fundamental areas of experimental psychology, namely visual and somatosensory perception and should become acquainted with the methods and results of research that provide evidence relevant to these areas.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student will be able to:
•Describe how we sense and perceive information from visual, auditory and somatosensory cues
•Explain key concepts, such as sensory adaptation, spatial and temporal resolution, and the use of top-down and bottom-up information
•Explain how the cues from different senses can interact to form our perception, and describe the consequences of these interactions.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Lectures cover topics such as: theories of vision, 3D vision; auditory perception; somatosensory perception; perception and action;.synaesthesia.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is taught via 10 hour-long lectures, each followed by a further hour-long online discussion forum, and supported by recommended reading. There will be a revision session to help students prepare for the final exam.

Teaching methods include the following:
(a) Lectures including demonstrations e.g. of perceptual phenomena
(b) Online discussion forum following lectures
(c) Recommended reading from texts
(d) Revision lecture in summer term

NB The contact hours in the table below are indicative of the contact hours for students studying this module in the UK, and may vary for students taking this module at branch campuses.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 1
Guided independent study 44 35
Total hours by term 64.00 36.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Set exercise 25

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is examined by a 1.5-hour written Summer Exam (75%). The exam requires students to answer four short answer questions on topics covered in the module plus answer multiple-choice questions.
Students are also assessed on the breadth of material covered in the module by weekly set exercises (25%).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    1.5 hour

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment is by re-examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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