PY2PNS1-Perception and Neuroscience 1

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: PY2PNS Perception and Neuroscience or PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Katie Gray


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Perception and Neuroscience 1


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. Behavioural neuroscience

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

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

This module will cover topics in perception and neuroscience, such as the perception of pain, proprioception, and psychopharmacology. The topics will build on the knowledge and understanding students gained from PY1BP.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  1. Lectures on perception and neuroscienc

  2. Online discussion forum following lectures

  3. Recommended reading in perception and neuroscience

  4. Continuous exercises tied to course content, including web-based exercises

  5. Seminars on selected perception and neuroscience topics

  6. Written essays addressing perception and neuroscience topics 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 2
Guided independent study 82
Total hours by term 98.00 2.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

This module is assessed through coursework (30%) and a summer exam (70%).

The summer exam is 45 minutes, multiple choice

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework involves continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures (30%).

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: 28 September 2018


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