PSYC307 Motivation and Emotion

Updated: 26 October 2016
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: 9781118517796
Reeve, J., John Wiley & Sons 6th ed. 2014

Note: Also available as an ebook.

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
Compulsory Essay 35% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Short Essays 5% 500
Assessment Notes

Five short essays, each worth 1%

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 60%
Assessment Notes

Mix of multiple choice and written response questions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-2

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.