Motivation and emotion/About
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This unit covers theories of motivation (such as brain processes, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, goal-setting, and the self) and emotion (including biological and cognitive perspectives, core emotions, and emotional regulation) and considers their application to everyday life.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Identify the major principles of motivation and emotion;
- Integrate theories and current research towards explaining the role of motivation and emotions in human behaviour; and
- Critically apply knowledge of motivation or emotion to an indepth understanding of a specific topic in this field.
The graduate attributes are mapped to the assessment items as shown in this table:
|Outcome||Topic dev.||Book chap.||Multimedia||Quizzes|
|1. Identify the major principles of motivation and emotion||✔|
|2. Integrate theories and current research towards explaining the role of motivation and emotions in human behaviour||✔||✔||✔|
|3. Critically apply knowledge of motivation or emotion to an indepth understanding of a specific topic in this field||✔||✔||✔|
- communicate effectively;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- Global citizen:
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- Lifelong learner:
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
The graduate attributes are mapped to the assessment items as shown in this table:
|Category||Attribute||Topic dev.||Book chap.||Multimedia||Quizzes|
|1. Professional||Communicate effectively||✔||✔||✔|
|1. Professional||Display initiative and drive||✔||✔||✔|
|1. Professional||Knowledge and skills up-to-date||✔||✔|
|1. Professional||Solve problems via thinking||✔||✔|
|2. Global citizen||Informed and balanced||✔||✔|
|2. Global citizen||Communicate diversely||✔|
|2. Global citizen||Creative use of technology||✔||✔|
|3. Lifelong learner||Engage in new ideas||✔|
|3. Lifelong learner||Adopt new technology||✔||✔||✔|
Through this unit, many skills are likely to be developed which can be incorporated into resumes and professional portfolios such as:
- Demonstrated ability to use professional knowledge to address applied psychological problems.
- Confidence in written and verbal communication of ideas using collaborative, online platforms.
- Capacity to learn new technologies for addressing novel problems.
If you don't feel confident declaring such skills by the end of the unit then they could be considered targets for further skill development (e.g., through internship).
Consider including your submissions for the unit's major project assessment items (i.e., the book chapter and multimedia) as work examples (artefacts) in your e-portfolio.
Prerequisites[edit | edit source]
- Psychology 101 OR 11399 Understanding People and Behaviour AND
- Psychology 102 OR Foundations of Psychology OR
- Permission of unit convener.
This unit is delivered in flexible mode via:
- Lectures: 12 x 2 hour live virtual lectures, with online recording
- Tutorials: 12 x 1 hour live virtual or on-campus tutorials, with online recording
- Materials: Lecture, tutorial, and assessment materials available online via the unit websites ( and Wikiversity)
- See timetable 2021.
- Enrol in a tutorial group.
Engagement in lectures and tutorials is strongly recommended but is not compulsory.
Non-engagement is likely to make successful completion of the assessment items more difficult because:
- Lectures discuss content which is assessed in the Quizzes.
- Tutorials develop skills directly related to the Topic Development, Book Chapter, and Multimedia Presentation assessment exercises.
If you are unable to attend your scheduled tutorial, try to attend a tutorial at a different time or access the online recording.
This table estimates the time required to complete the major activities in this unit.
The textbook for the unit is "Understanding motivation and emotion" by Johnmarshall Reeve, published by Wiley.
Reeve, J. (2018). Understanding motivation and emotion (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. The School Locker. Google Books. Instructor companion site. UC Library. ISBN: Paperback 978-1-119-36760-4, E-text 978-1-119-36765-9. Rent e-text.
Access options include:
- 7th edition (paperback AU$162.79) is available from The School Locker.
- 7th edition (e-book AU$81.25) is the cheapest and quickest way to access.
- UC Library
An audio headset is recommended for:
A camera/webcam is useful for:
- virtual tutorials
- online support
IT skills[edit | edit source]
Required IT skills (wiki editing and multimedia recording) will be taught in the unit.
Websites[edit | edit source]
This page overviews the motivation and emotion assessment items, weight, and due dates.
As a Level 3, final semester unit, the major project (topic development, book chapter, multimedia presentation) provides a scaffolded "capstone" experience, allowing students to bring together and demonstrate their knowledge and skills to produce useful real-world resources. Consider adding this work to your e-portfolio.
Click the assessment item names in the table below for detailed guidelines.
|Item||Weight||Due||Description||Expected time involved (total 150 hours)|
|Topic development||5%||Week 05 Mon 9am||This early assessment exercise builds skills needed for the Book Chapter assessment exercise by developing a plan for the chapter and getting feedback. To do this: Register a Wikiversity account, sign up to an approved topic, create a Wikiversity user page, share a chapter plan (consisting of headings and key points, including at least one relevant image), and provide feedback on the development of at least one another book chapter with this social contribution summarised on your Wikiversity user page.||5 hours: 1 hour to learn "how", 2 hours research, 2 hours preparation.|
|Book chapter||40%||Week 12 Mon 9am||Author an online book chapter up to 4,000 words about a unique motivation or emotion topic. Topics must be approved by the unit convener. Includes a social contribution component.||45 hours: 7 hours to learn "how", 18 hours research, 20 hours preparation.|
|Multimedia||20%||Week 14 Mon 9am||Record and share an online multimedia presentation up to 3 minutes long about a unique, specific motivation or emotion topic, focusing on key problem(s) and answer(s) provided by psychological science. Address the same topic as covered in the book chapter.||10 hours: 2 hours to learn "how", 6 hours preparation, 2 hours to record & finalise.|
|Quizzes||35%||Week 15 Mon 9am||17 equally-weighted 10-item, 10-minute, multiple-choice, online quizzes. One quiz per textbook chapter.||90 hours: 24 hours lectures (12 x 2 hours each), 12 hours tutorials (12 x 1 hour each), 51 hours reading (17 chapters x 3 hours each), 3 hours completing the quizzes (17 x 10 mins each).|
The primary electronic communication channels for this unit are via the site:|
Announcements,In addition, we can use the:
general announcements from teaching staff
discuss any aspects of the unit, ask questions, ask for feedback, share with one another etc.
hashtag on Twitter
Wikiversity talk pages,
every page has its own discussion page
Previous students have generally indicated high levels of satisfaction with this unit, with several students reporting that this was the best unit of their degree. For example, one student wrote:
|“||Choosing our own topic and writing a chapter that was meaningful to us, using a new medium that extended our skills. Learning to use the Wiki, and writing in this way was more relevant to real life than an essay. Really engaging unit!||”|
Many students also find the major project challenging. For example, one student wrote:
|“||Did not like the focus on Wikiversity and multimedia/social media aspect ... overly challenging to learn the content and medium.||”|
For more details about student evaluation, see evaluation.
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- Unit description (7124)