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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Interaction with the world around us involves perceptual processing using our three main senses: visual (seeing), auditory (hearing) and haptic (touch).  The aim of this course is to consider a range of approaches to human perception, from historical beginnings to recent innovative research.  

Topics covered include: colour perception; face recognition; perception of pain and age related changes in perception.  Students will also engage in guided debate with their peers regarding media portrayal of recent research findings.

This course is intended for students completing joint honours degrees in Behavioural Studies or Psychology. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Karen Pilz

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Psychology (PS) (Studied)
  • Either PS2515 Advanced Psychology B - Concepts and Theory (Passed) or PS2517 Advanced Psychology B - Concepts and Theory (Passed)
  • Either PS2015 Advanced Psychology a - Concepts and Theory (Passed) or PS2017 Advanced Psychology a - Concepts and Theory (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS3012 Perception (Studied)
  • PS4030 Senior Honours Psychology A (Studied)
  • PS4032 Perceptual Processes (Studied)
  • PS4036 Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology A (Studied)
  • PS4536 Senior Honours Level 4 Psychology B (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

- Spatial Vision - Temporal Vision - Depth Perception - Biopsychology of Vision - Role of Attention in Perception

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 90 minute written examination (75%), peer assessed debate workshop (5%) and in-course written assignment of no more than 2,000 words (20%). Resit: One 90 minute written examination (75%), in-course written assignment of no more than 2,000 words (20%), activities during tutorials (5%).

Formative Assessment

Feedback on tutorial activities and on written assignments. Example exam questions in lectures.


Feedback on tutorial activities by the supervising tutor and peer within the group. Written feedback on written assignment within 3 weeks after assignment has been handed in.

Course Learning Outcomes


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