PSYC307 Motivation and Emotion

Updated: 29 January 2014
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites PSYC101 and PSYC102
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PSYC204
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Nicola Schutte (
Unit Description

This unit examines research and theories in the related areas of motivation and emotion. The unit emphasises the interaction between motivation and emotion with other aspects of human functioning, such as learning. The unit explores applications of motivation and emotion theory and research in different realms of life, such as interpersonal relations. The unit examines advances in motivation theory and research stimulated by positive psychology, which focuses on the development of human strengths.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Understanding Motivation and Emotion

ISBN: 9780470392232
Reeve, J., John Wiley & Sons 5th ed. 2008

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assignment 1 35% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1, 2, 4 and 6

Online Discussion Answers 5%
Assessment Notes

Written response to discussion questions

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1, 2 and 4

Final Examination 2 hrs 60%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-2 GA: 1

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the principles and research mechanisms associated with physiologically and cognitively based theories of motivation, and theories of emotional functioning;
  2. analyse specific examples using these principles, with the ability to communicate your findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences in written and/or verbal format; and
  3. independently evaluate the connections between motivation and emotion and other aspects of functioning.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
Knowledge of a Discipline

Motivation and emotion topics central to psychology are taught in this unit. Students have opportunities to practise applying their knowledge in problem based learning excercises and discussions. Online discussion, the assignment and the exam assess the student's knowledge.

True True True
Communication Skills

The written assessment structure teaches students discipline-based communication skills, which they practise while writing the assignment. Student's communication skills are assessed as a component of assignment marking and online discussions.

True True True
Information Literacy

The structure of the written assignment and instructions for this assignment teach students how to find additional discipline related information. Students practise this aspect of information literacy in preparing the assignment. A component of the marking of the assignment and online discussions is assessment of the additional information located by students.

True True True
Problem Solving

Instructions for the online discussion material and the written assignment advise students on how to apply concepts related to the topic area. Formulating ideas for these assessment tasks provides students with the opportunity to practise problem solving. How well these concepts are applied is assessed in the assignment.

True True True