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PSY2020 Motivation and Emotion

Semester 1, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Motivation and Emotion
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Steven Christensen


Pre-requisite: PSY1010


This course introduces students to theory and research related to human motivation and emotion. Motivation and emotion underpin all human behaviour and therefore are an integral part of the study of psychology.


This course will cover a number of related topics in motivation and emotion, such as drives and instincts, theories of motivation, consciousness and volitional behaviour, self-control and self-regulation, the structure and function of emotions, relationships between emotion and cognition, and the regulation of emotions.


On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify major theoretical concepts in motivation and emotion;
  2. apply major theories and findings to an analysis of specific instances of behaviour;
  3. combine theories and findings to describe the role of motivation and emotion in general human behaviour.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic motivation - physiological, drives and instincts 8.37
2. Goal directed behaviour 8.33
3. Systems theories of motivation 8.33
4. Self-regulation and self-control 8.33
5. Determinism, freewill, and volitional action 8.33
6. Emotion as motivation to action 8.33
7. The nature of emotion - basic theoretical concepts 8.33
8. The structure of emotion 8.33
9. Phenomenology and functions of emotion 8.33
10. Emotional expression 8.33
11. Regulation of emotional states 8.33
12. Relationships between emotion and cognition 8.33

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Burton, LJ 2018, An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Australia.
Burton, LJ, Westen, D, & Kowalski, R 2018, Psychology, 5th Australia and New Zealand edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane, Australia.
(or earlier edition.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Borod, JC 2000, The neuropsychology of emotion, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Dalgleish, T & Power, MJ 1999, Handbook of cognition and emotion, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK.
DeCatanzaro, DA 1999, Motivation and emotion: Evolutionary, physiological, developmental, and social perspectives, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Edwards, DC 1999, Motivation and emotion: Evolutionary, physiological, cognitive, and social influences, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.
Ekman, P & Davidson, RJ 1994, The nature of emotion: Fundamental questions, Oxford University Press, New York.
Ferguson, ED 2000, Motivation: A biosocial and cognitive integration of motivation and emotion, Oxford University Press, New York.
Franken, RE 2006, Human motivation, 6th edn, Wadsworth Thomson Learning, Belmont.
Frijda, NH 1986, The emotions, Cambridge University Press, New York.
Gollwitzer, PM & Bargh, JA 1996, The psychology of action: Linking cognition and motivation to behavior, Guilford Press, New York.
Heckhausen, J & Dweck, CS 1998, Motivation and self-regulation across the life span, Cambridge University Press, New York.
Lane, RD & Nadel, L 2000, Cognitive neuroscience of emotion, Oxford University Press, New York.
Lewis, M & Haviland-Jones, JM (eds) 2016, Handbook of emotions, 4th edn, Guilford Press, New York.
Nunez, R & Freeman, WJ 1999, Reclaiming cognition: The primacy of action, intention and emotion, Imprint Academic, Thorverton, UK.
Sansone, C & Harackiewicz, JM 2000, Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation: The search for optimal motivation and performance, Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Wagner, H 1999, The psychobiology of human motivation, Routledge, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 30.00
Private Study 60.00
Report Writing 68.00
Tutorials 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 40 40 20 Mar 2020
QUIZ 1 1 1 05 Jun 2020
QUIZ 10 1 1 05 Jun 2020
QUIZ 2 1 1 05 Jun 2020
QUIZ 3 1 1 05 Jun 2020
QUIZ 4 1 1 05 Jun 2020
QUIZ 5 1 1 05 Jun 2020
QUIZ 6 1 1 05 Jun 2020
QUIZ 7 1 1 05 Jun 2020
QUIZ 8 1 1 05 Jun 2020
QUIZ 9 1 1 05 Jun 2020
Online Exam 100 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via Uconnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student’s responsibility to attend to and participate appropriately in all activities (i.e., live or recorded lectures; computer mediated assessments, quizzes, crosswords and discussions on the StudyDesk; tutorials, and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle). Note that the Conceded Pass is not available in this course due to APAC accreditation standard 2.1.9.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators cannot be used during the examination. Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    Any Deferred examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. The Faculty will normally only accept typed assessments.

  3. The Faculty will NOT accept submissions of assignments by facsimile or as an attachment to an email.

  4. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  5. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  7. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  8. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use the 6th or 7th edition of the APA Style Manual to format their assignments. The APA Style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

  9. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic assessment and submission elements. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should upload their assignments into the electronic submission and do Moodle quizzes using the on-campus student computer laboratories. External students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission and electronic assessment attempts. External students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, external students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus. This needs to be requested at least one week before access is required.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that can reasonably be expected to have been acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 19 June 2020