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PSYC304 - Perception

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
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 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 through 8
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. Initial posting minimum word count is 300 words and each of the three replies minimum word count requirement is 200 words. 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 (6th 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 (6th ed.).

NameGrade %
Assignments 34.00 %
Week 2 Presbycusis Paper 17.00 %
Week 7 Final Paper 17.00 %
Forums 32.00 %
Forum 1 4.00 %
Forum 2 4.00 %
Forum 3 4.00 %
Forum 4 4.00 %
Forum 5 4.00 %
Forum 6 4.00 %
Forum 7 4.00 %
Forum 8 4.00 %
Exams 34.00 %
Week 4 Midterm Essay Exam 17.00 %
Week 8 Final Essay Exam 17.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
RealizeIT 0.00 %

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. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.