20 credits at level HE6
Concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics are brought together in this module to try to explain how animals sense and perceive changes in their external and internal environments. Examples will be drawn from human and non-human animals and used to investigate the types and physiology of these sensory systems.
Students will have the opportunity to study individual systems and develop a fundemental understanding of their physiology and their significance to animals possessing these systems.
Classification of sensory sytems
The "basic" senses - vision, hearing and balance, touch and pain, smell and taste.
Sensing the internal environment.
Senses of non-human animals - electroreception, magnetoreception, extreme adaptations of the basic senses.
Aspects of sensory perception.
Topics will be introduced by interactive lectures and extended via in-class activities involving small group work. Directed reading will be used to allow students to consolidate their knowledge base and students are expected to access and use current research literature.
Use will be made of printed and electronic literature, the Internet, CD-ROM's and video material.
The learning time for this module is 200 hours. This will be allocated approximately as follows.
Class contact Lecture and student-centred work 12 x 3 hours = 36 hours
Seminar presentation 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours
Sub-Total = 39 hours
Time in private study not completing assessment items: = 120 hours
Time completing assessments: = 41 hours
Total = 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Develop knowledge and understanding of key biological, chemical and physical concepts underpinning the physiology of a range of sensory systems in animals, and of one named system in particular.||Explain how key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics underpin the physiology of sensory systems in animals, and of one system in particular.|
|2.||Demonstrate an ability to collect empirical data on a sensory system, and analyse and evaluate these data within an appropriate theoretical framework.||Carry out an experiment to collect data on a sensory systyem, and produce a full scientific report in which the data are analysed, and appropriate reference is made to the scientific literature.|
|3.||Make use of the current scientific literature to critically evaluate, interpret, and synthesise information relating to sensory function in animals||Identify the current state of knowledge relating to a named sensory sytem in a species or group of species of animals.|
|4.||Communicate scientific information clearly and concisely orally and in written form||Present a researched and critical account of current literature relating to sensory systems orally and in written formats.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Seminar presentation||Practical folder||2 hour examination|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Kalat, J. W. (2000) Biological psychology. Wadsworth
Marieb, E. N. (2003) Essentials of human anatomy and physiology. Benjamin Cummings 7th ed
Willmer, P. et al (2000) Environmental physiology of animals. Blackwell Science.
Open University videos for Biology, Brain and Behaviour and Animal Physiology
Students will be referred to electronic journals eg J. exp. Biology, J. Neuroscience, J. Noeurophysiology, J. Physiology.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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