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Text: Sensation and Perception: An Integrated Approach 4th Ed. by H.R. Shiffman.

August 27 & 29 Introduction pp. 2 - 12
August 31 & September 3 Psychophysics Ch. 2
September 5 - 7 Sensory Coding pp. 12-21; 71-86; 112-114; 142-148
September 10 Review and discussion of papers
September 12 Brief Exam 1 and work on papers Study Guide for Exam 1
September 14 & 17 Visual System Anatomy pp. 52 - 70
September 19 Paper topic due for approval
September 19 - 24 Basic Visual Functions   Lab pp. 89 - 102
September 26 Journal article due
September 26 - October 1 Color Ch. 5
October 3 Review
October 5 Exam 2 Study Guide for Exam 2
October 10 Introduction and Methods Section due
October 10 - 17 Distance   Lab Ch. 9
October 19 Ethics Proposals
October 19th - November 2 Shape Ch 7; pp.103-107; 250 -261; 149-166
November 5th Exam 3 Study Guide for Exam 3
November 7 - 12 Audition Ch. 12,13 & 14
November 14 & 16 Touch   Lab Ch. 16
November 19 Rough Drafts Due
November 19 - 26 Taste & Smell   Lab Ch. 17 & 18
November 28 Lab
November 30 -December 5 Learning and Development Ch. 11; pp. 187 - 192
Final Exam Review
(either last day of class or scheduled)
December 10 Final Papers due
December 15th Final Exam - 9:00 AM Study Guide for Final Exam

Grading: Exam 1 is worth 50 pts. Exams 2 , 3, and the final are each worth 75 pts. The Introduction and Methods section of the paper is worth 20 points and the rewritten final paper is worth 50 points. The two lab write-ups are each worth 5 points for a total of ten points. You may earn extra-credit by participating in APPROVED experiments.You may participate in up to three experiments, each one is worth three points for a total of nine points.

There are a total of 355 points in the class (not counting the extra credit). I grade on a straight percentage. For example 90% of 355 is 319.5 points this would give you an A-.

Exams: Please note that the material for the exams is based approximately 70% from the lecture and 30% from the book. Thus you must have GOOD lecture notes.

Lab write ups. We will be doing several in-class labs. For each of these labs I will hand out some thought questions. You must answer two of the set of thought questions. You may turn in as many of these as you like and I will count the two highest grades, but you may not use them for extra credit.

Paper: The paper is based on a small experiment. Experimenters can work together in groups of up to 4 people. HOWEVER, EACH PERSON MUST WRITE HIS OR HER OWN PAPER AND PARTICIPATE IN RUNNING THE EXPERIMENT!! The papers in each group must be substantially different from each other. Group members may NOT share graphs, bibliography, methods sections or any other aspect of the writing of the paper. There are previous papers on reserve in the library to give you a sense of what the paper should look like. Topics MUST be approved in advance! You may (and I suggest you do) turn in a TYPED rough draft in advance of the deadline and I will return it with comments. Be VERY careful about quoting sources!

Students who do not turn in the Introduction and methods section on time lose 5 pts a day from the paper total until after 5 days 25 pts will be subtracted from the paper grade.


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