PYMCPNS-Perception and Neuroscience (Conversion)

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: Only available to students on the MSc Psychology Conversion course.
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Katie Gray

Email: k.l.h.gray@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Perception and Neuroscience


Aims:

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.  


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.


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 6
Guided independent study: 64 58 38
       
Total hours by term 80 80 40
       
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

1 hour 30 mins exam


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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



Coursework includes 1 essay, supported by a seminar (30%) and continuous online assessment of your understanding of the material covered in lectures (20%). The 1 hr 30 mins Summer Exam will require you to answer 2 written questions on topics covered in the module.


Formative assessment methods:

A formative assignment will be set in the first seminar. 


Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall


Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment of this module is by examination in August/September


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 10 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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