Motivation and emotion/About

Motivation and emotion - About

Acknowledgement of countryEdit

The Ngunnawal peoples are acknowledged as traditional custodians of the land on which the University of Canberra Bruce campus is located. We pay respect to their continuing culture and contribution to Canberra and the region.

Unit descriptionEdit

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.

Learning outcomesEdit

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  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; and
  3. 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

Graduate attributesEdit

This unit aims to contribute to nine of the University of Canberra graduate attributes:

  1. Professional:
    1. communicate effectively;
    2. display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
    3. employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
    4. use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
  2. Global citizen:
    1. adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
    2. communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
    3. make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
  3. Lifelong learner:
    1. adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
    2. 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.


  1. Psychology 101 OR 11399 Understanding People and Behaviour AND
  2. Psychology 102 OR Foundations of Psychology OR
  3. Permission of unit convener.

Delivery modeEdit

This unit is delivered in flexible mode via:

  1. Lectures: 12 x 2 hour live virtual lectures, with online recording
  2. Tutorials: 12 x 1 hour live virtual or on-campus tutorials, with online recording
  3. Materials: Lecture, tutorial, and assessment materials available online via the unit websites (UCLearn and Wikiversity)


Module Week Lecture Readings
Quizzes Tutorial Assessment
1 - Introduction 01 01 - Introduction UO, 01 1 01 - Topic selection -
02 02 - Historical development and assessment skills 02, Assessment 02 - Wiki editing -
2 - Needs 03 03 - Brain and physiological needs 03, 04 2 03 - Physiological needs -
04 04 - Extrinsic motivation and psychological needs 05, 06 04 - Psychological needs Topic selection
(due Mon 9am 22/8)

Quiz 1
(due Mon 9am 22/8)

3 - Goals and self 05 05 - Implicit motives and goals 07, 08 3 05 - Functionalist theory and self-tracking Topic development
(due Mon 9am 29/8)
06 06 - Mindsets, control, and the self 09, 10, 11 06 - Learned optimism Quiz 2
(due Mon 9am 5/9)
4 - Emotion 07 07 - Nature of emotion 12 4 07 - Core emotions -
08 Mid-semester break - - Quiz 3
(due Mon 9am 19/9)
09 08 - Aspects of emotion 13 08 - Measuring emotion -
5 - Individual emotions 10 09 - Individual emotions 14 5 09 - 20 emotions -
11 10 - Unconscious motivation 16 10 - Time perspective Quiz 4
(due Mon 9am 10/10)
6 - Growth 12 11 - Growth psychology 15 6 11 - Positive psychology Book chapter
(due Mon 9am 17/10)
13 12 - Interventions and review 17 12 - Review Quiz 5
(due Mon 9am 24/10)
- 14 - - - - Multimedia presentation
(due Mon 9am 31/10)
- 15 - - - - Quiz 6
(due Mon 9am 7/11)


  • See timetable 2023
  • Enrol in a tutorial group (live virtual, live on-campus, or live asychronous/recorded)


Engagement by attending 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 major project (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. Plan to allocate approximately 10 hours per week over 15 weeks.


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

Note that earlier editions can be used, but lectures and quizzes will be based on the 7th edition.



An audio headset is recommended for:

  • recording of the multimedia presentation assessment item
  • those participating in online tutorials

A camera/webcam is useful for:

  • virtual tutorials
  • online support

IT skillsEdit

Required IT skills (wiki editing and multimedia recording) will be taught in the unit.


  1. UCLearn
  2. Wikiversity
  3. Twitter: #emot22


The major project takes a deep dive into a specific topic of interest whilst Quizzes assess breadth of knowledge. The major project provides a scaffolded capstone experience. There are four stages:

This project helps emerging scholars to demonstrate their capacity to apply psychological science to real-world problems and to produce useful open educational resources. Consider adding this work to your resume and showcasing it in your e-portfolio.


Item Weight Due Late submissions Extensions Description Time involved
(150 hrs)
Topic selection 0% Week 03 Mon 9am 14 Aug 2023 Not accepted Not applicable Optional submission to confirm topic selection, ask clarifying questions etc. less than 1 hr
Topic development 10% Week 04 Fri 9am 25 Aug 2023 Not accepted Not available; withdraw from unit before Census Date instead Build skills and develop a plan for the book chapter. Register a Wikiversity account, sign up to a topic, create a user page, make a chapter plan with headings, key points, , an image, and links), and summarise a social contribution on your user page. 10 hrs: 4 hrs tutorials to learn "how" (includes 2 x 1 hr tutorials), 3 hrs research, 3 hrs preparation.
Book chapter 45% Week 11 Mon 9am 09 Oct 2023 Up to 7 days late accepted @ -5% per day Available with acceptable documentation 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. 55 hours: 15 hrs to learn "how" (includes 10 x 1 hour tutorials), 18 hrs research, 23 hrs preparation.
Multimedia presentation 20% Week 14 Mon 9am 30 Nov 2023 Up to 7 days late accepted @ -5% per day Available with acceptable documentation 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. 13.5 hrs: 3 hrs to learn "how", 7.5 hrs preparation, 3 hrs to record & publish.
Quizzes 25% 1 - Week 04 Mon 9am 21 Aug 2023

2 - Week 06 Mon 9am 04 Sep 2023

3 - Week 08 Mon 9am 18 Sep 2023

4 - Week 11 Mon 9am 09 Oct 2023

5 - Week 13 Mon 9am 23 Oct 2023

6 - Week 15 Mon 9am 06 Nov 2023

Not accepted Available with acceptable documentation 6 equally-weighted 10-item, 10-minute, multiple-choice, online quizzes. One quiz per module. Based on textbook chapters. 71.5 hrs: 24 hrs lectures (12 x 2 hrs each), 42.5 hrs reading (17 chapters x 2.5 hrs each), 3 hrs completing the quizzes (6 x 10 mins each).


The primary electronic communication channels for this unit are via the UCLearn site:
general announcements from teaching staff

Discussion forum,
discuss any aspects of the unit, ask questions, ask for feedback, share with one another etc.

In addition, we can use the:
hashtag on Twitter

Wikiversity talk pages,
every page has its own discussion page


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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:

Many students also find the major project challenging. For example, one student wrote:

So, get involved in tutorials to help build your skills. And seek support for any questions you have.

For more details about student evaluation, see evaluation.

See alsoEdit

  1. Assessment
  2. Discussion
  3. Pearls of wisdom
  1. Evaluation
  2. Staff
  1. Lectures
  2. Readings
  3. Schedule
  4. Tutorials
  5. Unit outline
  6. Wikiversity

External linksEdit

  1. Unit description (7124)
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