PSYC209-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Sensation and Perception

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


A broad treatment of human sensation and perception, with the main emphasis on vision, but also including the other senses.

This course provides a broad overview of sensation and perception. The goal is to develop both an understanding of the field and an interest in pursuing some aspects of it in the future. The emphasis will be on visual perception but perception in the other senses will also be covered briefly. There is a laboratory component that will let you experience some of the classic phenomena in the discipline for yourself.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of the course, students will have:
  • Gained an understanding of the fundamental processes that give rise to sensation and perception.
  • Gained an understanding of some of the commonly used methods and techniques scientists use to answer questions related to sensation and perception.
  • Demonstrated an understanding of how the various factors influence our perceptual experience.
  • Demonstrated the ability to evaluate and interpret research findings critically.
  • Demonstrated the ability to do literature search on a topic, to synthesize research articles related to a topic, and to present research findings in writing.


PSYC104, or
PSYC105 and PSYC106, or
with the approval of the Head of Department, a pass in a professional year of Engineering, or
in approved courses in Art, Art History, or
Computer Science

Course Coordinator

Zhe Chen


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Laboratory assessment 20%
Essay 16%
Test 1 32%
Test 2 32%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Goldstein, E. Bruce , Brockmole, James R; Sensation and perception ; Tenth edition; Cengage Learning, 2017.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $892.00

International fee $4,563.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC209 Occurrences

  • PSYC209-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • PSYC209-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)