1. Module Title: Motivation
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 315
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This module reflects the latest developments, which cover the biological, behavioral, and cognitive explanations for human motivation. The text helps students understand the processes that activates behavior by drawing examples from topics that includes sleep, stress, eating disorders, helping behavior, emotion, and much more.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning outcomes
    The learner will:
    Assessment criteria
    The learner can:
    1.Understand the major issues and organizing principles that delineate the topic of motivation 1.1 Students will have a better understanding of the processes that activates their behavior.
    1.2 Learn more about the graphic illustrations that offer additional insights into key concepts.
    2. Analyze several basic motivational systems from a components perspective. 2.1. Explore the motivational characteristics of the
    task, interface, or systems.
    2.2. Able to describe a sequence of steps for the evaluation of motivational factors in human technology interaction.
    3. Gain insight into the role that emotions play in motivation. 3.1 Explore how moods and emotions have a multiple effect on performance and organizational and academic behavior.
    3.2. Understand how moods influence behavior by their informational and directive impacts.
    4. Apply the concepts of growth motivation and self-regulation into one’s life. 4.1 Introduce the principles of motivation and self-regulation based on research evidence.
    4.2 Explore how self regulated learners use motivation and learning strategies to achieve their learning goals.
  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
    • Physiological Mechanisms of 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