The concept for perks was based off of the the more recent Fallout 3 and New Vegas games and should work pretty much the same systematically in Skyrim.
There's a total of approximately 280 Perks, this also includes ranks. Some examples of perks would be decreasing the sound of your footsteps, disarming enemies, and unique special moves.
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