Motivation and emotion/Assessment



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).


  1. Submission of assessment is optional. Non-submissions will be awarded 0.
  2. In the absence of email communication to the unit convener requesting alternative assessment, it is assumed that participation in the standard assessment exercises is willingly undertaken. The major project (topic development, book chapter, and multimedia presentation) assessment exercises involve use of collaborative, online, public platforms. Use anonymous accounts if you have privacy concerns. Alternative assessment which satisfies the learning outcomes and graduate attributes may be negotiated with the unit convener where reasonable grounds are presented. The onus is upon the student to negotiate alternative assessment.
  3. Final marks and grades
    1. A final overall mark of 50% or higher is required to Pass the unit.
    2. The UC grading schema (HD = 85+, DI = 75 to 84, CR = 65 to 74), and P = 50 to 64) will be applied to final marks.


All assessment items are to be submitted online via UCLearn.


  1. Extensions for the Topic Development assessment exercise are not available. Students unable to submit this assessment item by the due date should consider withdrawing from the unit prior to the Census Date.
  2. Extensions for other assessment exercises will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Progress on the assessment items is expected throughout the teaching period. Early communication of problems is strongly advised.
  3. Extensions will not be granted for:
    1. Workload (e.g., study load and/or paid or voluntary work) - such problems should be anticipated
    2. Technical problems (e.g., lost/corrupted/damaged storage media, software/internet access problems, and viruses) - keep multiple and regular backups
    3. Undocumented issues
  4. Extension requests should be submitted via email, from your UC student email address, to the unit convener and include:
    1. ​Your first and last name
    2. Unit number, unit name, enrolment period, and assessment item(s) for which extension is requested
    3. Length of extension requested
    4. Reason for the extension request
    5. Documentary evidence. Appropriate evidence could consist of a:
      1. medical certificate which includes:
        1. Registered provider number, contact details, and signature
        2. Date(s) of consultation
        3. Duration of incapacity to study (must be during the teaching period and prior to the due date)
        4. Correct orientation - scanned/photographed documentation that requires the end-user to rotate in order to read may be rejected
      2. death notice or other documentation for bereavement
      3. Reasonable Adjustment Plan from Inclusion and Engagement at the University of Canberra
  5. The unit convener will consider the request and reply via email to advise the outcome. If approved, the new due date will appear in UCLearn.
  6. For further information about extension requests, see:
    1. Assessment Policy section 3.15
    2. Assessment Procedure section 3.14 on Extenuating Circumstances (Deferred examinations and extensions).
    3. Assignment extensions

Late penaltyEdit

  1. No late submissions for the topic development are accepted.
  2. Other assessment items can be submitted up to 7 days late without an approved extension. This will incur a 5% penalty per day (i.e., -5% of total marks available for the assessment item), including weekends. A part-day late is counted as a full day late. If submitted beyond 7 days late, 0 will be awarded for the assessment item.

Marking and feedbackEdit

  1. Assessment will generally be marked and feedback provided within three weeks of submission.
  2. Availability of marks and feedback will be notified via the unit's UCLearn Announcements.
  3. Assessment submitted after the due date and time, regardless of whether an extension was granted, may be returned at a later date than those submitted on time.
  4. Late submission may result in reduced feedback being provided.