1. Module Title: Motivation
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 315
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course is designed to help students understand the processes, which activate their behavior through the study of biological components, its learned components and cognitive component for human motivation. Broad topics covered in this course include hunger and eating; love and sexual behavior; arousal and attention in relation to performance; alertness, sleep and dreams; drug use and addiction; aggression, coercive action and anger; emotions, stress and health; positive and negative emotions; curiosity and creativity; need for control and competence; and self-concept and self-esteem. This course is relevant to both psychology and non-psychology majors as the concepts are applicable in most professions that require understanding of motivation and working with others.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

    • Understand the major issues and organizing principles that delineate the topic of motivation;
    • Analyze several basic motivational systems from a components perspective;
    • Gain insight into the role that emotions play in motivation; and
    • Apply the concepts of growth motivation and self-regulation into one’s life
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • Overview: Conceptualizing & Measuring Motivation & The Role Of Evolution in Motivation
    • Genetic Contribution to Motivated Behavior
    • Physiological Mechanisms Of Arousal
    • Physiological Mechanism of Regulation
    • Learned Motives: Classical, Instrumental, & Observational Learning
    • Incentive Motivation
    • Hedonism & Sensory Stimulation
    • Cognitive Motivation: Expectancy – Values Approaches
    • Cognitive Consistency & Social Motivation
    • Cognitive Motivation: Attribution Approaches
    • Cognitive Motivation: Competence & Control
    • The Emotions as Motivators
    • Conclusion

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