units

ATS3845

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr George Vandoorn

Notes

Previously coded PSS3719

Synopsis

This unit is concerned with psychological phenomena that are beyond the normal or not readily explained according to scientific principles. Areas of interest include extrasensory perception, exotic senses, telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, astrology, graphology, and deja-vu experiences. Methods of gathering and evaluating evidence of parapsychological phenomena will be examined and the roles of belief, illusion, and placebo effects will be discussed.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of normal sensory and perceptual processes;
  2. display an appreciation of the role of belief and expectation in human cognitive and perceptual processes;
  3. evaluate a range of testing procedures used within and outside the laboratory
  4. critically examine relevant literature from a variety of sources

Assessment

Written work: 60%
2 hour Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr George Vandoorn

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour laboratory) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies

Prerequisites

48 points of study in any discipline

Prohibitions

BHS3719