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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]
Credit10
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
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.

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite(s): Nil
Recommended Pre/Co-requisites: PSYC11-100 or PSYC11-101; PSYC11-105

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