PSY463 Unit Overview
While earlier units at 200- and 300-level were intended to introduce the fundamentals and basic concepts, PSY463 is designed to allow students to explore deeper issues in the rapidly changing field of vision science, alongside other interested students and more experienced academics. PSY463 aims to give students exposure to contemporary research in the field of visual perception, and to help them to develop advanced research skills, particularly those involving critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of empirical data, and oral and written presentation.
To this end, the course will be run as a series of "Journal Club" seminars, attended by all enrolled UG students as well as interested PG students and members of staff. In each seminar, a student or member of staff will give a presentation of a journal article of their choice (from a pre-approved list of options), as the starting point for a more detailed discussion by the rest of the class, each of whom will be expected to have read the relevant paper. Students wishing to make a presentation based on a paper outside the opions provided must seek approval from the Unit Convenor first. Each student must present at least once during the semester, and must hand in a copy of their slides for assessment. All students are scored on their contributions, both as presenters and as participants in the ensuing discussions. When the schedule allows, students may request feedback on the deisgn of their perception-related Honours projects, or members of staff may present their own current research. In previous years, these sessions have been social, lively and enjoyable for most of the students and staff members involved. Additional assessment activities involve a 2500-word essay (take-home exam) on a topic of the student's choosing, but different to the topic on which the presentation was based (approval of the Unit Convenor required), and the provision of feedback to peers.
Statement on Academic Courtesy
It is the right of each student to learn in an environment that is free of disruption and distraction. Please make an effort to arrive to class on time, and if you are unavoidably detained, please enter the room as quietly as possible to minimise disruption. Although some speakers may allow questions during their oral presentation, talking between students is often disruptive and is strongly discouraged. Phones, pagers, and other electronic devices that produce noise and other distractions must be turned off prior to entering class, and remain off for the duration of the seminar.
Statement on Social Inclusion and Diversity
Social inclusion at Macquarie University is about giving everyone who has the potential to benefit from higher education, the opportunity to study at university, participate in campus life and flourish in their chosen field. The University has made significant moves to promote an equitable, diverse and exciting campus community for the benefit of staff and students. It is your responsibility to contribute towards the development of an inclusive culture and practice in the areas of learning and teaching, research, and service orientation and delivery. As a member of the Macquarie University community, you must not discriminate against or harass others on the basis of their sex, gender, race, marital status, carers' responsibilities, disability, sexual preference, age, political conviction or religious belief. All lecturers, tutors and students are expected to display appropriate behaviour that is conducive to a healthy learning environment for everyone. The Unit Convenor is a member of the Ally Network and is happy to provide support to members of the GLBTIQ community.