Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Sensation and Perception
Course Code PSY217
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s) PSY100 Introductory of Psychology
Course Aims
This course will provide an introduction to sensation and perception, with an emphasis on the psychology of seeing. We come to know about the world through our physical senses (e.g. eyes, ears) and we use to take this ability for granted. However, sensation is only half the story; perception is a different process. How do we transfer the physical energy (e.g. light) from the environment in our brain to give rise to a perceptual experience? The course aims at providing basic knowledge of sensory mechanisms, exploring the relationship between the physical world and our perceptual experiences, the anatomy and physiology of the parts of the brain responsible for processing perceptual information, discussing different psychophysics method to measure subjective perceptual experience and perceptual sensitivity, and the mechanisms that give rise to the perceptual experience, such as illusions, and perceptual abnormalities. 
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 

1. describe the basic physiological and neural mechanisms that underlie sensory and perceptual system

2. describe the perceptual representation in various sensory modalities and understand how the

3. compare various approaches to solving those perceptual illusions and their strengths and weakness

4. learn how to measure perceptual sensitivity and discrimination.

5. apply perceptual theories to explain new perceptual phenomena.
Assessment Tasks
Class participation
Tutorial Assignment
Group Project
Final Exam
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