Motivation and emotion/About
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.
- UC graduates are professional; they can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
- UC graduates are global citizens; they can:
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- UC graduates are lifelong learners; they can:
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
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).
- Discussion: discussion forum and hashtag on Twitter to discuss the unit.
|01 - Introduction||01||01 - Introduction||UO, 01||01||01 - Topic selection||Topic selection|
|02||02 - Historical development and assessment skills||02, Assessment||02||02 - Wiki editing||Basic wiki editing|
|02 - Needs||03||03 - Brain and physiological needs||03, 04||03, 04||03 - Physiological needs||Topic development|
|04||04 - Extrinsic motivation and psychological needs||05, 06||05, 06||04 - Psychological needs||Collaboration|
|03 - Goals and self||05||05 - Implicit motives and goals||07, 08||07, 08||05 - Functionalist theory and self-tracking||Topic development|
(due Week 5 Monday 9am)
|06||06 - Mindsets, control, and the self||09, 10, 11||09, 10, 11||06 - Learned optimism||Literature searching|
|04 - Emotion||07||07 - Nature of emotion||12||12||07 - Core emotions||Images|
|09||08 - Aspects of emotion||13||13||08 - Measuring emotion||Tables|
|05 - Individual emotions||10||09 - Individual emotions||14||14||09 - 20 emotions||Peer reviewing
|11||10 - Unconscious motivation||16||16||10 - Time perspective||Wiki-blitz|
|06 - Growth||12||11 - Growth psychology||15||15||11 - Positive psychology||Book chapter|
(due Week 12 Monday 9am)
|13||12 - Interventions and review||17||17||12 - Review||Multimedia recording and sharing|
(due Monday 9am)
(due Monday 9am)
- See timetable 2021.
- Enrol in a tutorial group.
- If you are unable to attend your scheduled tutorial, try to attend a tutorial at a different time or access the online recording.
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$200) is available from The School Locker.
- 7th edition (e-book AU$81.25) is the cheapest and quickest way to access.
- UC Library
Equipment[edit | edit source]
An audio headset is recommended for:
IT skills[edit | edit source]
Required IT skills (wiki editing and multimedia recording) will be taught in the unit.
Websites[edit | edit source]
This table summarises the assessment item weightings and due dates. Click the assessment items for detailed guidelines.
|Item||Weighting||Due||Description||Expected time involved|
|Topic development||5%||09:00 AM Mon Week 05||This early assessment exercise develops the topic and skills required for preparing the Book Chapter assessment exercise. Requirements: Register a Wikiversity account, sign up to an approved topic, create a Wikiversity user page, share a chapter plan which outlines major sections and key points and includes at least one relevant, reusable image, comment on the development of at least one another book chapter, and summarise this contribution on your Wikiversity user page.||~5 hours: ~1 hour to learn "how", 2 hours research, 2 hours preparation.|
|Book chapter||45%||09:00 AM Mon Week 12||Author an online book chapter up to 4,000 words about a unique, specific 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%||09:00 AM Mon Week 14||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||30%||09:00 AM Mon Week 15||17 equally-weighted 10-item, 10-minute, multiple-choice, online quizzes. One quiz per textbook chapter.||~90 hours: 12 lectures (x 2 hours each; 24 hours), 6 tutorials (x 2 hours each; 12 hours), 17 chapters (x ~3 hours each; 48 hours) and 6 hours completing the quizzes.|
Evaluation[edit | edit source]
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 more details, see evaluation.
- Motivation | Emotion
- Motivation and Emotion (Wikibooks)
- Pearls of wisdom