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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 372
Course Title: *Sensation and Perception
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Introduction to the study of human senses and higher-order perceptual processes. Cross-listed as BIOL 372. Prerequisites: Six hours of BIOL or six hours of PSYC courses and junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Six hours of BIOL or six hours of PSYC courses and junior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Sensation and Perception
By Coren, S., Ward, L.M., and Enns, J.T. (Wiley)
Sensation and Perception
By Goldstein, E.B. (Thomson)
Course Objectives
  • To understand and apply psychological techniques.
  • To identify, define and explain the physiological correlates of perception.
  • To produce a scientific review paper in APA format and style that synthesizes and analyzes a specific topic in sensation and perception.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe and explain perception from the psychophysical and psychological approaches.
  • Describe the process whereby light is transformed into higher-level visual processing.
  • Describe how we perceive color, brightness, patterns, edges, space (depth), objects, scenes and motion.
  • Describe the process whereby sound is transformed into higher-level processing.
  • Describe how we perceive pitch, loudness, timbre, speech and localize sound.
  • Describe the sensory and perceptual processes used by the cutaneous and chemical senses.
  • Describe and explain the clinical impairments associated with visual and hearing impairments.
  • Produce a scientific review paper in APA format on a topic in sensation and perception.
    Topical Outline:
  • Psychophysics
  • Anatomy and physiology of the visual system
  • Perception of brightness and color
  • Anatomy and physiology of the auditory system
  • Perception of sound
  • Anatomy and physiology of taste, smell, touch and pain
  • Perception of patterns and edges
  • Perception of space (depth)
  • Perception of objects and scenes
  • Perception of motion

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Cheryl Hardy Date: January 28, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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