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PS3012: PERCEPTION (2017-2018)

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 produced by academics that specialise in this field, ensuring the most up-to-date and relevant lecture material.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Karen Pilz

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS4032 Perceptual Processes (Studied)
  • PS4037 Perceptual Processes (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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Behavioural Studies
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with French
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with Gaelic
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with German
  • BSc Neuroscience with Psychology
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Gaelic
  • Bcs in Neuroscience with Psychology (Biobusiness)
  • MA Behavioural Studies
  • MA Behavioural Studies with French
  • MA Behavioural Studies with Gaelic Studies
  • MA Psychology
  • MSci Neuroscience with Psychology & in Pl't
  • Master Of Arts In Psychology With Counselling Skills
  • Msci In Neuroscience With Psychology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Psychology Major

Contact Teaching Time

21 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 one and a half-hour written examination (75%), peer assessed debate workshop (5%) and submission of a 600 word summary of debate material summarising the main points for a graduate audience (20%) Resit: 1 one and a half-hour written examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

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


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

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