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Postgraduate Course: Active Vision (PSYL11097)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides an overview of eye movements, attention and cognitive ethology. We will also look at expert-novice differences in gaze behaviour and the training of less skilled individuals to adopt a more expert like gaze behaviour.
Course description Students will propose their own research idea involving the collection of gaze behaviour and write a funding application outlining the need for this research and how they will conduct it. Students will work individually.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Funding application (The main body of the application should be 2,000 words; 100%)

This assessment requires students to write a funding application. The students will propose a research project that requires the collection of eye-movement data. An example of such a project may be the use of eye-tracking data as a diagnostic tool to inform decisions on the need for surgery for individuals with glaucoma or as a training or assessment tool for less experienced, junior surgeons. The students will have to provide a strong, evidence-based rationale for their proposed research. Students will have to think independently, creatively, and critically regarding the material covered in their lectures but also to consider the practical implications of the research they are proposing (what equipment will be needed, how long will it take, research assistants, the amount of funding needed).
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to pitch their proposals and receive oral formative feedback on their plan.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. identify the basic characteristics of eye movements
  2. understand the relationship between eye movements and (overt) visual attention
  3. critically evaluate laboratory and real-world approaches to gaze-behaviour collection
  4. understand the effects of experience on gaze behaviour
  5. apply knowledge about eye movements to research questions
Reading List
Findlay, J.M. and Gilchrist, I. A. (2003) Active Vision: The Psychology of Looking and Seeing. Oxford. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524793.001.0001

Land, M. and Tatler, B. (2009). Looking and Acting: Vision and Eye Movements in Natural Behaviour. Oxford. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570943.003.0008
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Personal and intellectual autonomy - e.g. thinking independently and creatively; establishing goals
Personal effectiveness - e.g. effectively using resources to achieve goals; managing complexity and self-direction
Communication skills - e.g. written communication skills, including scientific writing
Keywordseye movements,gaze behaviour,real world
Course organiserMr Christopher Egan
Tel: (0131 6)50 3450
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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