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PSYC12-210: Sensation and Perception

Description

Perception is the oldest topic in experimental psychology. Research on perception addresses a fundamental scientific and philosophical question: what is the nature of our experience of the world? Topics include the traditional `five senses' (vision, audition, touch, taste and smell) as well as other, more subtle sensory systems: perception of depth, motion, speech, and music; and perceptual illusions. Perception research reveals that what we call `reality' is constructed by the brain at an unconscious level. This subject also aims to develop a critical thinking perspective on issues and findings in psychological research.

Subject details

TypeUndergraduate
CodePSYC12-210
EFTSL0.125
FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2020 [Standard Offering]
Credit10
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in sensation and perception.
2. Understand, apply and evaluate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
3. Respect & use critical & creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes.
4. Use information in an ethical manner.
5. Write a theoretical essay/review article using APA structure and formatting conventions.
6. Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

All Psychology programs are accredited in the sequence presented and designed to provide students with learning and graduate outcomes in line with APAC accrediation standards. In order to meet these outcomes, students in the Undergraduate program should complete PSYC11, then PSYC12, and finally PSYC13 subjects in the order sequenced.

Restrictions: ?

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens12/11/2017
Semester start15/01/2018
Subject start15/01/2018
Cancellation 1?29/01/2018
Cancellation 2?05/02/2018
Last enrolment28/01/2018
Last withdrawal?09/02/2018
Teaching census?09/02/2018
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens11/11/2018
Semester start14/01/2019
Subject start14/01/2019
Cancellation 1?28/01/2019
Cancellation 2?04/02/2019
Last enrolment27/01/2019
Last withdrawal?08/02/2019
Teaching census?08/02/2019