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Undergraduate | MAQ-PSYX2247 | 2023


Previously MAQ-PSYX247

Weigh up what we believe is real and what is learned. Dive into the major senses, with a focus on vision. Investigate sense-specific questions such as how 3D movies work, how we know which way is up, and why some people are colour-blind.

Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Start dates
20 Feb 2023
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
18 weeks

FEE-HELP available


About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Identify, define and demonstrate an understanding of the key terms, physiological processes, research findings and theories related to human perception
    2. Interpret, synthesise and critically evaluate theories and empirical research in human perception
    3. Appreciate the difference between the real world (what is) and the phenomenological world (what seems to be), and explain 'real world' perceptual phenomena.
    4. Recognise ethical challenges in perception research involving children and animals.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MAQ-PSY-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Psychology

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PSYX247 (Not currently available)


PSYX1102 or PSYU1102 or PSYX105 or PSYX1105
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PSYX247, PSY247, PSY237
NCCW (2020 and onwards) PSYU2247 Perception

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Psychology