Psychology (PSYC) 333

Sensation and Perception (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: A course in introductory psychology, PSYC 289, PSYC 290 is recommended but not required.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 333 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course examines how the human brain receives and processes information from our environment. It explores the functioning of human sensory systems, and how physical stimuli are transformed into signals that can by understood by the nervous system. Topics covered in the course include vision, audition, taste, smell, touch, proprioception, and basic psychophysics.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Perception
  • Unit 2: The Beginnings of Perception
  • Unit 3: Neural Processing and Perception
  • Unit 4: Cortical Organization
  • Unit 5: Perceiving Objects and Scenes
  • Unit 6: Visual Attention
  • Unit 7: Taking Action
  • Unit 8: Perceiving Motion
  • Unit 9: Perceiving Colour
  • Unit 10: Perceiving Depth and Size
  • Unit 11: Hearing
  • Unit 12: Auditory Localization and Organization
  • Unit 13: Speech Perception
  • Unit 14: The Cutaneous Senses
  • Unit 15: The Chemical Senses


To receive credit for the course, you must complete all of these evaluation assignments. You must receive a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the final exam, and a composite course grade of at least D (50 percent).

Activity Weighting
5 Quizzes (5% each) 25%
Term Paper 35%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Textbook: Goldstein, E. B. (2014). Sensation and perception (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

Other course materials are available online. These include a Course Manual, Study Guide, Quiz Book, and Virtual Lab.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 333 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D(50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, February 8, 2016.

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