Jun 05, 2023  
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BIO 122 - Sensation and Perception

An introduction to the biological and psychological processes involved in sensation and perception.  This course will examine the way in which the sensory systems receive information from the environment and relay it to the central nervous system and how this information is then integrated, organized, and interpreted to form perceptions.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding the processes of touch, vision, hearing, balance, taste, and smell.  This course will also explore a variety of situations and conditions which can alter perception such as occur with phantom limb syndrome, color blindness, and even illusions.

Credits: 4
3 Class Hours; 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic structures and functions of the nervous system and major sense organs.
  2. Identify the basic properties of the various forms of energy in the physical environment that can be transformed into a perceptual experience.
  3. Identify examples of how perceptions can be influenced by biological, psychological, and environmental factors.
  4. Students will demonstrate scientific reasoning applied to the natural world, including:
    a)  an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of data analysis or mathematical modeling; and
    b)  application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.