Two versions of this unit exist:
“In person scheduled weekday,” also known as “F2F”
“In person / online scheduled weekday,” also known as “F2FONL”
For general information on unit versions, see this website https://students.mq.edu.au/study/enrolling/choosing-units
This version of the unit has on-campus tutorial/practical classes only. Students should not attend on-campus classes if they are unwell or have any cold and flu-like symptoms. Ensure you follow the most recent University COVID-19 advice https://www.mq.edu.au/about/coronavirus-faqs/information-for-students
This offering has some online tutorial/practical classes and some on-campus classes, although these options are limited. Online tutorial/practical class options are intended to be reserved for students with genuine need to study online (for example, those who are studying offshore, or those who have other exceptional circumstances that prevent on-campus attendance for the entire semester). The online tutorials should not be attended by students who simply prefer to study online. Class availability can be seen via eStudent class enrolment: the location of the class indicates whether it is an online class or an on-campus class. Note that enrolment in online classes does not mean that the entire unit will be taken online. Certain assessment tasks (for example, final exams) can still be scheduled to have compulsory on-campus attendance.
Technology Used and Required
For this unit, you will need to have access to a computer that can reliably connect to the Internet. This will be essential for completing some assessments (see the section on "Assessment Tasks"), and in accessing the unit's web-page, which can be found at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au. It will also be essential for those engaging in online practicals. Although some computers will be available for those attending face-to-face practicals, it is recommended that you bring your own device if possible.
Note that for practical #3 students will require anaglyph 3D glasses (either red-blue or red-green). Although pairs will be available for students in face-to-face practicals, students completing online practicals will be required to source their own. Anaglyph glasses can be purchased from many stores online or can be constructed at home very cheaply.
It is University policy that the University-issued email account will be used for official University communication. All students are required to access their University account frequently.
Snowden, R., Thompson, P., & Troscianko, T. Basic Vision: an introduction to visual perception 2nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
This is a very accessible text that is always popular with students. It introduces technical concepts in an easy-to-grasp fashion and is an excellent introduction to the discipline of visual perception. It will be an indispensable resource for students on this course.
Mather, G. Foundations of Sensation & Perception, 3rd Edition. Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
This text offers broader coverage of perception in general and will be especially useful for topics outside of vision, which Snowden et al. does not cover. It also offers more technical detail than Snowden et al. in certain areas, allowing the conscientious student to deepen their understanding of the topics that are covered in the required text.
Access to Assigned Reading Material
Both the required and the recommended texts are available for purchase, but there are also hard copies available at the library in the main collection as well as those available for download as eBooks. Where availability is limited, students should consider using previous editions of each book which are are just as good for most topics.
Basic Vision, 2nd Edition (2014)
Basic Vision, "Revised" Edition (2012)
[Note: As far as I can see, these are identical, and either could be referred to as the 2nd Edition.]
Basic Vision, First Edition, (2006), available in print only
Foundations of Sensation & Perception, 3rd Edition
Foundations of Sensation & Perception, 2nd Edition
What does it take to do well in this unit?
Students are expected to pay close attention to all lectures and to take notes to aid their retention of the material covered. Reading assigned during each lecture should be completed close to the date of the relevant lecture. Review of the material (individually, or in group sessions) in the student’s own time will be essential to consolidate knowledge and enhance understanding. Active participation in practicals is also mandatory. Online practical worksheets are assessed and need to be completed on time. Online quizzes offer the chance to answer questions while using resources such as textbooks and lecture notes. While students who are on top of the material may find the questions relatively easy to answer in a short time period, those whose knowledge is still developing have the opportunity to research their answers over an extended period of time, if necessary. This format is unlike the other assessment tasks, and offers an opportunity for grade enhancement that should not be missed.
It should be noted that according to Senate guidelines, workloads should involve 1 hour per credit point per week. This results in 10 hours per week (including lectures and practicals) for a 10 credit point unit such as this.
Note: Assessment will be based on the successful understanding of the material from lectures, practicals and from the assigned reading. Please note that rote learning alone will not be a successful strategy, as the assessments will test for deeper appreciation of the course material in a variety of formats. Simply remembering the “facts” will not suffice. Students need to demonstrate their understanding of the principles and demonstrate the ability to apply such understanding in new contexts.
What material is examinable?
Obviously, the exact details of the questions to be asked in the examinations will not be released in advance. However, questions will come from topics covered during lectures and practicals. Where additional information on these topics is supplied in the assigned reading, this should also be considered examinable. The examinations will not feature questions on topics not covered during lectures even if they are included in the assigned reading.
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