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D24SS3 Advanced Sensory Science and Topical Techniques
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  PG Certificate in Sensory Science students and stand alone CPD industry delegates. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Second class degree (at least a 2:2) OR relevant industrial experience. Attendance on D24SS1 prior to this course is desirable.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Biological basis of sensory receptors, psychophysical laws and sensory testing, threshold measurement, d and Rindex measures. Temporal measures e.g. TI and TDS. Rapid descriptive methods e.g napping, flash profiling. Understanding multimodal perception.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 4 weeks2 per week5 hours
Practical 1 weeks2 per week4 hours
Workshop 1 weeks2 per week7 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
4 day intensive course combining lectures, tutorials and practical sessions: 32 hours. Prior e-learning component and student centered reading material: 15 hrs.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 1 x 2000 word essay. 

Dr R Ford

Education Aims:  The aim of this module in review the fundamental background to all aspects of human sensory perception

Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: Identify and critically discuss key themes within the arena of physiology, psychophysics and multimodal perception in relation to their current position/industry Collect, integrate, interpret and critically evaluate evidence from the literature within an area related to physiology, psychophysics and multimodal perception Construct a report communicating their evaluation of a chosen topic area clearly and concisely in written form.

Offering School:  Biosciences

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