PY2PNS-Perception and Neuroscience

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: PY1BP BioPsychology and PY1PR Psychological Research or PY1IN Introduction to Neuroscience
Non-modular pre-requisites: For Single Hons Psychology students only
Modules excluded: PY2CNS Cognition and Neuroscience or PY2PNS1 Perception and Neuroscience 1 or PY2PNS2 Perception and Neuroscience 2
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Katie Gray


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Perception and Neuroscience 


The aims of the module are that students should further their knowledge on how we sense and perceive the world, and increase their understanding of brain structure and function and how this affects human behaviour.  

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to describe and critically evaluate research on:

  1. Cognitive, affective and behavioural neuroscience

  2. Perception of visual and proprioceptive information, and how the senses interact

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

This module will cover topics in perception and neuroscience, such as visual perception, the neural bases of cognition, perception of pain, psychopharmacology, and systems of motivation, including reward and threat learning. The topics will build on the knowledge and understanding students gained from PY1BP.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

a) Lectures on perception and neuroscience

(b) Online discussion forum following lectures.

(c) Recommended reading in perception and neuroscience.

(d) Continuous exercises tied to course content, including web-based exercises.

(e) Seminars on selected perception and neuroscience topics

(f) Written essays addressing perception and neuroscience topics 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 16 2
Seminars 4 4
Guided independent study 60 60 38
Total hours by term 80.00 80.00 40.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 30
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

This module is assessed by a combination of coursework essay (50%) and examination (50%).

The 2 hr 15 mins Summer exam has a multiple choice component, and a written component, which will require you to answer 2 questions on topics covered in the module: one on Autumn Term topics, one on Spring Term topics

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework includes 1 essay, covering material delivered in a seminar (30%) and continuous online assessment of your understanding of the material covered in lectures (20%). 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall 

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 1 October 2018


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