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Psychology: Sensation and Perception (PSY297)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit explores how humans experience the world around them through the senses of vision, audition, balance, smell, and taste, namely how biological (sensory) inputs are used in the psychological process of perception. Students will examine the physiological and psychological foundations of sensation and perception.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following student learning outcomes that reflect these attributes:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of what sensation and perception are, and how various sensory/perceptual systems work;
2. Engage in collegial discussion about issues of sensation and perception and collaborate effectively;
3. Demonstrate written communication skills, including literature searches, and critical analysis of theoretical and empirical studies.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 12 x 1.5 hour lectures (one each teaching week) Tutorials: 10 x 1 hour tutorials (starting week 2) Optional Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit emphasises independent learning, study skills, and critical thinking about how the senses work. Lectures will supplement (i.e., not duplicate) textbook material, and provide question/answer periods, encouraging self-directed learning. The lectures use slides as audiovisual aids - not as written records, because writing your own notes leads to better learning, improving lifelong study skills.
Tutorial participation provides an opportunity to engage in and clarify unit material in an informal format. The tutor will provide more in-depth information about the content, show practical demonstrations, and answer questions about unit material.
The essay assessment component is deliberately undirected (e.g., choose your own topic) in order to promote independent learning and spur personal interest. Exam questions require synthesis of presented material, not simply rote memorisation, enhancing critical thinking skills. LMS will provide slides after lectures to aid in (not replace!) taking notes, links to recorded lectures, supplementary materials, discussion forums, and important announcements.
Assessment In-class closed-book midterm examination (30 Multiple Choice questions, 5 Short Answer questions): 25%
-Provides indicator of unit performance and preparation for final examination.

APA format essay (1000 words): 25%
-Highly independent exercise in research on and writing about scientific psychological research.

Tutorial participation: 10%
-A measure of engagement with the unit material and active contributions to tutorials

Final examination (closed book): (40 Multiple Choice questions, 10 Short Answer questions): 40%
-Pseudo-cumulative test of unit material (de-emphasises pre-midterm material).
Prerequisites PSY141 Introduction to Psychological Science.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY358 Psychology: Sensation and Perception may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: PSY397
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Human Behaviour
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Appears in these Co-Majors Human Behaviour
Psychological Studies
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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