Motivation and emotion/Assessment/Topic

Topic development - Guidelines
Development of chapter plan and user page
Quickstart tip:
Copy "{{subst:ME/BCS}}",
then click "Edit source" on a chapter page, paste, and "Publish".
This will add the template material to create an initial structure.


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.

No extensions or late submissions are available for this exercise. If you are unable to submit this assessment on time, withdrawal from the unit is recommended.


  1. Weight: 10%
  2. Due: Week 04 Fri 9am 25 Aug 2023
  3. Develop a plan for the Book Chapter.
  4. Social contribution component involves providing online feedback about the development of at least one other chapter.
  5. Book chapters are hosted on Wikiversity. Training in how to use Wikiversity is provided in tutorials.

Learning outcomesEdit

How the learning outcomes are addressed by this assessment exercise:

Learning outcome Assessment task
Integrate theories and current research towards explaining the role of motivation and emotions in human behaviour. Identify the main psychological theories and peer-reviewed research which can be used to explain a specific motivation or emotion topic.
Critically apply knowledge of motivation or emotion to an indepth understanding of a specific topic in this field. Propose how psychological knowledge can be applied to a specific topic to improve motivational and emotional lives.

Graduate attributesEdit

How the graduate attributes are addressed by this assessment exercise:

Graduate attribute Assessment task
Be professional - communicate effectively Communicate your ideas by sharing a chapter plan; provide feedback on other plans.
Be professional - display initiative and drive Get organised by selecting a topic and submitting an on-time chapter plan.
Be a lifelong learner - evaluate and adopt new technology Learn how to edit in a collaborative, online environment.


Follow these general guidelines and address the marking criteria:

  1. Chapter plan: Develop a chapter plan and user page:
    1. The chapter plan should consist of:
      1. Title, sub-title, and table of contents
      2. Headings
      3. Key points with citations
      4. 1+ relevant figure(s)
      5. 3+ references
      6. 1+ internal link (to a Wikipedia and/or Wikiversity page)
      7. At least 1 external link (to an external resource)
    2. Length (Word count): There is no minimum or maximum length for this assessment exercise.
  2. User page: Develop a user page to share:
    1. About me: Self-introduction, including a link to the chapter being worked on and e-portfolio and/or other profiles.
    2. Social contributions: A list of social contributions, with a summary and direct link to evidence for each contribution.
    3. Example: User:NUMBLA0371

Marking criteriaEdit

Topic developments will be marked according to the following criteria:

  1. Title and sub-title (10%): See examples.
    1. The correct title and sub-title wording, casing, punctuation, spacing etc. for an approved topic is shown at the top of the page.
    2. Replicate the same title and sub-title wording that appears in the book's table of contents.
    3. Use sentence casing.
  2. Headings (10%): See examples.
    1. Use the standard headings that are recommended in the book chapter template).
    2. Include three to six informative and correctly formatted top-level headings between the Overview and Conclusion sections. These sections may each contain two to five sub-headings. Each section should contain either 0 or 2+ sub-headings (i.e., avoid having sections which only contain 1 sub-heading).
    3. Use sentence casing (see also heading casing).
  3. Overview (10%): See examples.
    1. Provide an engaging introduction by introducing a scenario or case study in a feature box.
    2. Provide at least three dot points outlining the "problem" (i.e., explain the key concepts and the important/relevance of the topic)
    3. Provide three to five focus questions that unpack the topic and address the sub-title in a feature box.
  4. Key points (10%): See examples.
    1. Key points provide a good overview of relevant theory(ies)
    2. Key points provide a good overview of relevant research
    3. Provide at least one key point before branching into sub-sections
    4. Provide at least two key points for sections which do not branch into sub-sections
    5. Focus on addressing the problem (i.e., how is the proposed content answering the question in the sub-title?) using the most relevant psychological theory and research.
  5. Figure (10%): See examples.
    1. Display at least one relevant figure. See example.
    2. Provide a descriptive caption underneath.
    3. Number each Figure (e.g., Figure 1. Caption goes here; Figure 2. Caption goes here)
    4. Cite each figure at least once in the main text (e.g., see Figure 1).
    5. Optimal image display size is used to make it easy view (i.e., not too big or too small).
  6. Learning feature (10%): See examples.
    1. At least one of the following features is provided, with customised, topic-appropriate content:
      1. Case study in a feature box
      2. Embedded internal (wiki) links for keywords to further info:
        1. At least one embedded link to a relevant book chapter.
        2. At least one embedded link to a relevant Wikipedia article.
      3. Quiz question with correct and incorrect answers
      4. Table with an APA style caption
  7. References (10%): See examples.
    1. Provide at least six APA style references for peer-reviewed sources cited in the key points. Include key theoretical and key research articles.
  8. Resources (10%): See examples.
    1. See also:
      1. Provide at least one bullet-pointed:
        1. internal (wiki) links to a relevant book chapter.
        2. internal wiki link to a relevant Wikipedia page.
      2. The linked text should be the name of the target page using sentence casing.
      3. Include the source in parentheses after the link.
    2. External links:
      1. Provide at least two bullet-pointed external links to key internet resources (not Wikiversity or Wikipedia or academic articles).
    3. The linked text should be the name of the target page using sentence casing.
    4. Include the source in parentheses following the link.
  9. User page (10%): See examples.
    1. A Wikiversity user page has been created.
    2. The user page provides information about yourself.
    3. Recommended headings: About me, Book chapter I'm working on, Social contributions.
    4. Consider linking to your other profiles.
  10. Social contribution (10%): See examples.
    1. On your Wikiversity user page, summarise and link to direct evidence that you have:
      1. directly contributed to at least one other chapter
      2. provided online feedback about the development of at least one other chapter
      3. posted on the UCLearn discussion forum and/or contributed to the #emot22 Twitter hashtag
    2. More info.

Grade descriptionsEdit

This section describes typical characteristics of topic developments at each grade level, based on the marking criteria.

Grade Description
HD (High Distinction) A clear, complete, easy to understand plan is presented. Considerable depth and breadth of theoretical and research knowledge of the topic is demonstrated via the scope and detail within the plan. All recommended sections are provided. The development of the plan illustrates that author has actively engaged in developing skills required for collaborative online writing and editing (e.g., interwiki links are provided for key terms, responses are made to comments on the chapter talk page). There are citations to more than three key academic sources with references provided in APA style. The author introduces themself on their Wikiversity user page and summarises and provides directly verifiable evidence of feedback provided about the development of at least one other book chapter topic.
DI (Distinction) A very good, understandable plan is presented. The plan includes key relevant theory and research, with relevant references. The material is well organised into sections, with minimal spelling and grammar issues. There is good evidence that the author has developed the capacity to work effectively in the collaborative editing environment. The author's user page is set up and links to evidence of contributing feedback about other chapters. There is at least one key area for further improvement.
CR (Credit) A competent plan is presented. The plan includes the main ideas and sections necessary for developing a good chapter about the topic. Some aspects of the plan, however, may be missing, limited, or problematic. For example, the headings and structure may be under-developed, the reference list may indicate a lack of depth in investigation of the topic, use of wiki links and/or images could often be improved, and/or user page set-up feedback about other chapters may not have been completed.
P (Pass) A basic, sufficient plan is presented, however there may be incomplete coverage of relevant theory and research, and/or a lack of depth or breadth in conceptualising the chapter. The chapter plan may cover basic information about separate concepts, but lack detail about how the concepts will be brought together to help address the topic. A basic heading structure is presented, but is likely to need more sections and/or improved formatting or organisation. Spelling and grammar problems are often evident. Citation and referencing tends to be missing or limited in scope and quality (e.g., top peer-reviewed citations about the topic haven't been cited). These plans usually have very brief edit histories (e.g., less than 24 hours) and are often noticeably shorter than plans which attract higher grades. Authors often haven't set up an informative user page or provided evidence of engagement with the development of other chapter plans.
F (Fail) The plan is insufficient and/or incomplete. Major gaps and/or errors in content are evident. Little evidence of awareness of relevant theory, research, and use of peer-reviewed references. These plans typically have under-developed heading structures and do not illustrate the use of key editing skills. Written expression is often undermined by poor spelling and/or grammar. These plans typically have very brief editing histories (e.g., consist of a few, last minute edits). There is generally no evidence of active engagement with the development of other chapters.

Submission and markingEdit

  1. Submit via UCLearn.
  2. Submissions will be evaluated according to the marking criteria.
  3. No extensions will be approved. Late submissions will receive 0.
  4. Marks and feedback should be returned within three weeks of the due date.
    1. Marks will be available via UCLearn
    2. Feedback will be available via the book chapter's Wikiversity discussion page.
    3. Availability of marks and feedback will be notified via UCLearn Announcements.
  5. If you don't understand or disagree with your mark and/or feedback, then please see the marking dispute process.


Examples of topic development submissions which received 100% - links go to snapshots of pages as submitted.



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See alsoEdit