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PSYC3505 The Spatial World

15 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Professor Richard Wilkie

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of all pass for progression modules in Level 2 of: BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology or BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought (and its International and Industrial variants)

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Students will specialise in conceptual and theoretical issues relating to 'The Spatial World'.

Learning outcomes
This research oriented module addresses the fundamental issue of how we successfully interact with the world around us, with particular emphasis on the skills of locomotion and navigation control.

The key elements of this module will examine the nature of the sensory information supporting these activities, how sensory information is processed (with reference to the underlying neuronal brain structures), and finally how our understanding of brain structures impacts upon our view of how we achieve real-world interactions.

On completion of this module students should be able to:

- demonstrate an understanding of the sensory inputs which are used for controlling locomotion and navigation, and how these could be integrated.
- show awareness of the different frames of reference which are used for different real-world interactions, and be familiar with the reasons for this.
- show how neuropsychology provides useful evidence for understanding how sensory information is processed and represented.
- evaluate experimental evidence (both animal and human) for distinct functional neural structures (e.g. cell and stream specialisation)
- show an understanding of recent behavioural & neuroscience research which examines locomotion (and interception) and navigation (and spatial memory).
- critical and independent evaluation of individual journal articles.


- Sensory Integration
- Spatial Coordinate Frames (Egocentric vs Allocentric)
- Spatial Neurons
- Space and Memory
- Navigation
- Perception/Action Streams
- Interceptive Timing
- Locomotion

Lectures will be delivered online in 2021/22

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning21.503.00
Private study hours132.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- 3 hours preparation for each lecture: 30 hours
- Preparation for online tutorials (including directed reading): 16 hours
- Preparation for and writing of 1,500 word research-style essay (including directed reading): 56 hours
- Preparation for end of semester MCQ exam (including directed reading): 30 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to online tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 word essay60.00
Tutorial Performance150 word submission No 10.00
Tutorial Performance150 word submission No 20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

The exam will test your breadth of understanding across the module material. It is a 1 hour high-level MCQ exam, with approximately 2 minutes to complete each question.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/07/2021


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