Perception

2018/2019

Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Interaction Design ( 2nd semester)

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

We perceive and interpret the world around us using our senses. The same senses can also be deceived, often because we expect the world to look, sound or feel as we have been used to. Students who complete this module should be able to design systems that take advantage of the sensitivities and insensitivities of the human senses.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must have knowledge of the basic physiology of the human senses (vision, hearing, touch and vestibular)
  • Must have knowledge about the sensitivity and limitations of the human senses (vision, hearing, touch and vestibular)
  • Must have knowledge about the basic principles of neural function and communication: neural firing; receptive fields and after effects
  • Must be able to understand how objects and scenes are perceived
  • Must be able to understand attention theories
  • Must be able to understand motion perception theories
  • Must be able to understand frequency, amplitude, pitch, loudness and timbre of a sound
  • Must be able to understand basic theories of auditory scene analysis
  • Must be able to understand masking effects
  • Must be able to understand Gestalt theories

Skills

Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to apply a list of constraints with regards to human sensitivity when designing a medialogy application; limits of audibility and visibility; latency vs. reaction time etc.
  • Must be able to apply knowledge of sensitivity when assigning computational resources in the design of digital media applications

Competences

Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to apply general theories on perception to concrete phenomenon and situations
  • Must be able to apply current knowledge on human perception in the evaluation of systems, reflecting on what users can and cannot perceive
  • Must be able to apply theories on human perception and attention in designs that take the human user into account

Type of instruction

Refer to the overview of instruction types listed in the start of chapter 3. The types of instruction for this course are decided in accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions are decided and given by the Study Board for Media Technology.

Exam

Exams

Name of examPerception
Type of exam
Active participation and/or written assignment
In accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Individual assessment based on active participation during the course. The assessment is performed with the Pass/Fail grade.
Note that if parts of the assessment are to be based on written work, a deadline is stipulated for when the work must be handed in. If the student hands in a paper after the deadline, the student has used an examination attempt.
ECTS5
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See Semester Description
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria for the evaluation are specified in the Framework Provisions.

Facts about the module

Danish titlePerception
Module codeMSNMEDB3104
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS5
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design