Motivation and emotion/About/Welcome and getting started

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Welcome

Welcome aboard the good ship, "Motivation and Emotion"!

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This undergraduate psychology unit is about core aspects of human beings that most people find fascinating, namely:

  • Motivation – what are the reasons for our behaviours?
  • Emotion – why do we feel the way we do about what happens within and around us?

Understanding motivation and emotion can open a rich doorway to understanding yourself and others.

The psychology of motivation and emotion applies to everyday life. It is also used to help treat mental health problems, foster productive work and learning, enhance relationships, and unlock human potential.

The dazzling array of theories and fascinating research findings help to make studying motivation and emotion a highlight for many undergraduate psychology students.

The journey ahead won't be easy but an open mind and willingness to engage are the keys to success.

So, let's explore what's aboard as the good ship, "motivation and emotion", and the places we'll visit Smiley.svg.

Structure[edit | edit source]

This unit has a T-shaped structure.

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The horizontal part of the T represents breadth of knowledge. The unit uses a textbook called “Understanding motivation and emotion” by Johnmarshall Reeve. Lectures discuss the textbook concepts and illustrate how these ideas apply in the real world. Tutorials explore related concepts in an interactive, engaging format.

The vertical line of the T represents depth of knowledge. This unit challenges you to take a deep dive into a specific motivation or emotion topic and to share that knowledge in a publicly available online book chapter and multimedia overview.

Getting started[edit | edit source]

Here are the nuts and bolts about how to get started:

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  1. Get an overview:
    1. About this unit
    2. Unit outline
  2. Enrol in
    1. the unit
    2. a tutorial
  3. Check the timetable (for lectures and tutorials) and put the schedule in your calendar
  4. Materials - get access to:
    1. The textbook
    2. An audio headset (with headphones and microphone) is recommended for:
      1. recording the multimedia presentation assessment exercise
      2. participating in online virtual tutorials
  5. Assessment
    1. Check out the assessment and note the due dates
    2. Learn about Wikiversity and how to use it
      1. Create a Wikiversity account - choose a user name appropriate to your privacy requirements (can be based on your real name or a pseudonym).
      2. Practice editing in a sandbox.
      3. Describe a little about yourself and areas of interest on your Wikiversity user page.
      4. More information about using Wikiversity will be provided during lectures and tutorials (e.g., see Tutorial 01, but you can also teach yourself by exploring and experimenting). For more info, see Wikiversity - Help.
    3. Browse the previous book chapter topics. Think about what chapter topic you would like to contribute to the current book chapter table of contents.
  6. Discuss with others via:
    1. UCLearn Discussion
    2. Wikiversity talk pages
    3. #emot22 hashtag on Twitter
  7. For more assistance, see support