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Course Details

Course Code: PSYC304 Course ID: 3581 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an introduction to the study of how humans organize and interpret stimulation arising from their environments. Course content includes a review of theory, methodology, and research findings. Illustrative case studies will be explored, particularly with regard to disorders of perception.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO1: Demonstrate foundation knowledge of the major sensory modalities

CO2: Evaluate the relevance of neural events to perceptual experience

CO3: Examine the interaction between external stimuli and internal mental states

CO4: Identify the physiological and psychological factors that lead to subjective perceptual


CO5: Distinguish between normal perceptual functioning and individual difference factors

CO6: Investigate perceptual abnormality in the context of illustrative case studies

CO7: Critical evaluation of research related to psychological aspects of perception

Forums: Due Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, & 7
Scholarly dialogs with classmates will be based on engagement with assigned course readings and/or related multi-media and will take place in the online classroom on designated Forums. General posting and topical instructions for each dialog are posted on its respective forum. No references are required for the discussion forums. Reply posts are required in order to ensure Forum interaction. The initial posting is due on Wednesday and the replies are due on Sunday.

Midterm and Final Exams: Due Weeks 4 and 8
Non-cumulative midterm and final exams are required. These short essay questions exams are accessible in the classroom via clicking the Assignments link during their scheduled weeks.

PRESBYCUSIS Paper: Due Week 2
Students will conduct a search of published literature covering the biological and neurological causes of presbycusis. This paper should contain a minimum of three empirical research studies on the causes and treatments of the disorder. This assignment should be 3 to 4 pages in length excluding the title page and reference page and must be complete in APA format (7th ed.).

Week Seven Final Paper: Due Week 7

Students will conduct a search of published literature exploring one of the sensorimotor systems (e.g., vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell, or attention) from a biopsychological perspective. A discussion of the physiological (structure and function) as well as the psychological (cognitive-perceptual) underpinnings of the system is required. This paper should contain a minimum of four empirical research studies. This assignment should be 4 to 5 pages in length excluding the title page, abstract, and reference section and must be complete in APA format (7th ed.).

This course includes a variety of free, online educational resources. Links to assigned readings and materials found in the lessons area of the courseroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.