PY3FAP-Face Processing

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: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Tan Kok Wei


Summary module description:
«p»This module introduces students to the principles, and empirical approaches adopted in explaining human’s facial processing.«/p»


This module aim to: 

•    Provide students with a basic understanding on how human process and socially interpret faces. 

•    Examine the important theories and classical research in face processing.

•    Enable student to examine critically research evidence related to face processing.  

•    Develop students’ ability to study independently.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to:

1.    Understand the key theories in the explanation of face processing

2.    Compare and contrast different theories of face perception.

3.    Discuss the importance of faces as a source of social signalling.

4.    Critically analyse research approaches used to examine face processing.

5.    Demonstrate a basic skill needed to create stimuli for research in face perception. 


Additional outcomes:

•    Students will develop critical thinking through researching and evaluating relevant literature. 

•    Students will be required to work independently to collate information from a wide range of sources in order to discuss some controversial topics in face perception.


Outline content:

The human face provides a variety of useful information about an individual -- from apparent gender, ethnicity, and age; to more subtle and implicit judgements such as making inferences about one’s personality, intelligence and health status. Using lectures, discussion, and problem-based learning, this module will explore key topics in the area of face processing, specifically in social perception and health perception. We will consider the leading theoretical models of face processing, and discuss its contemporary research evidences. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The course will include a variety of teaching and learning methods. This includes lectures, interactive discussions, and practical workshop (seminar). The module comprises seven 2-hour lectures. Lectures are intended to provide a basic introduction to each topic and should be supplemented with essential and additional reading of the literature, for the purpose of guided independent study. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 2
Guided independent study 86
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Written assignment including essay 25

Other information on summative assessment:

This module is assessed through coursework (25%) and a final exam (75%). 

The 1.5-hour Summer Exam will require students to answer 1 essay question on topics covered in the module. Coursework will comprise a written essay. 


Formative assessment methods:

Students have the opportunity to provide the module convenor an essay plan for comment and feedback in preparation for the exam. 

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 hours

    Requirements for a pass:

    The module must be passed by an aggregate score of 40%. 

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-assessment is by re-examination in August/September 

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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