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Motivation and Emotion (7124.4)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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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 Outcomes

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.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to two hours per week of lectures and up to two hours per week of tutorials.


4309 Psychology 101 OR 11399 Understanding People and Behaviour
4310 Psychology 102 OR 10444 Foundations of Psychology



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