Course Outlines

Fall 2008


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Instructor: Dr. Lana Trick
Office: MacKinnon Extension Rm. 4003 Ext. 53518
Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 10 - 12, or by appointment
Class Time: Tues & Thurs 11:30 - 12:50, AXEL 200
Teaching Assistants: TBA

Course Objectives and Content:
Course Objectives and Content: This is a challenging course that discusses the physiological mechanisms of perception as well as illusions, perceptual anomalies, and deficits. The focus will primarily be on vision and hearing, the two senses that we know most about.

Administrative Requirements: 1. Attendance: Regular attendance is expected. Some of the lecture material is not in your text and there will be questions from lecture on exams.

2. Course Evaluation: Exams will be part multiple-choice and part short essay. (The short essay part will be worth 25% of the exam.) Exams will not be cumulative. As well, for those with special difficulties with multiple-choice questions, there will be an option of decreasing the weighting on exams, and handing in worksheets instead. For each exam period you will be given a choice of putting all 30% of the weighting on the exam, or putting 25% on the exam and 5% on the worksheets. If you choose the worksheet option, the worksheet mark will only be taken if your worksheet mark is higher than your exam. Consequently, it is a way of improving your mark if you did badly on an exam. However, many students find that it helps them do better on the exam if they do the worksheets BEFORE the exam occurs because the questions are study questions.

3. Deadlines: If you choose to hand in worksheets, there will be a 10% penalty for each day late. This penalty will be strictly enforced because if you take too long to do the worksheet it will interfere with your ability to study for the next exam.

4. Missed exams: The only valid excuses for missing an exam are medical/personal reasons verified by a third party (e.g. a doctor, a BA counselor, etc.). If you miss an exam and do not provide this verification within 7 days, you will receive a grade of 0 on that exam. If you provide written verification within this period a make-up exam will be scheduled for you when you return.

5. Academic Misconduct: Plagiarism and Cheating. Students are required to do their own writing for the worksheets and exams. If two students hand in exactly the same writing for a question, or if students simply plagiarize from the text (taking definitions or examples from the text, word for word), they will receive 0 on that part of the question (the offending section will be removed, and only the remaining part of the question will be marked). Consequently, put it in your own words! The worksheets are partly designed to prepare you for exams. If you simply copy from some other source (another person or a book), you will not truly understand the material and will do poorly on the essay exam questions as a result. If an individual repeatedly cheats or plagiarizes, their behavior will be reported as specified in the Academic Misconduct section of your course calendar.

One extreme: Maximal weighting on exams. Course Evaluation: Exam 1 30% Exam 2 30% Final Exam 40%

Opposite extreme: Maximal amount that can be placed on worksheets Course Evaluation: Exam 1 25% Exam 2 25% Worksheets (3 assignments 15% worth 5% each) Final Exam 35%

Note: You can also choose to re-weight it so that you do only one worksheet (and reduce the weighting of the corresponding exam) or do only two worksheets (and reduce the weightings for the two corresponding exams).


Required Text:
Goldstein, E.B. (2007). Sensation and Perception (7h Edit). Thomson/Wadsworth

Dates to Note:
Class Period: Sept 4 - Nov 27
Add Period: Aug 18 - Sept 12
Drop Date: Oct 30 (40th day)
Examination Period: Dec 1st - 12th

Reading Assignments and Class Topics:
Sept 11, 13 Introduction to Perception Chapter 1
Sept Introduction to the physiology of perception Chapter 2
Sept , <\b> Neurons and Perception
Exam 1: Sept <\b>
Chapter 3 to pg 49
Oct Neurons and Perception
The Organized Brain
Chapter 3 to end
Chapter 4
Oct , <\b> Perceiving Colour
Chapter 7
Oct Perceiving Depth and Size Chapter 8
Oct , <\b> Perceiving Objects
Exam 2: Oct <\b>
Chapter 5
Oct , Nov Perceiving Movement Chapter 9
Nov , <\b> Visual Attention
Chapter 6
Nov Sound, the Auditory System
And Pitch Perception
Chapter 11
Nov Sound localization Chapter 12 to pg 274
Nov <\b>, The Chamical Sensors
OR <\u> the Cutaneous Senses
Worksheet 3: Nov <\b>
Chapter 15 OR <\b>
Chapter 14
based on class choice)
It is difficult to know how long each topic will take because this varies between classes. These are rough estimates.

Course Evaluation / Assessment:     Undergraduate Calendar - Section:VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations and ProceduresAcademic Misconduct Undergraduate Calendar - Section:VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures
Component Percentage Schedule
SEE ABOVE <\b>    
Total 100%  

Student Responsibilities:

NOTE: This is a preliminary web course description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.

The final binding course outline will be distributed during the first class of the semester.

Students currently enrolled in this course are required to access the designated printer icon above, for supplementary documents if listed below.

Statement Of Student Responsibilities
Students in all Psychology courses are required to read and adhere to the statements listed via the above link or via the
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES link on the Department of Psychology home page.

Questions regarding those responsibilities should be directed to the course instructor.