Course Summary
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Psychology 315: Psychology of Motivation
16 weeks (40 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 psychology


The course objective is for students to be able to understand and discuss motivation as it relates to psychological needs, neuroscience, emotions, personal control, personal growth and other factors.

Learning Outcomes:

  • identify different parts of the brain and show how these areas contribute to motivational feelings and actions
  • connect physiological phenomenon within the body to behavioral changes in thirst, hunger, and sexual arousal
  • distinguish between internal and external factors of need, motive, and consciousness that influence a person's motivation
  • examine how goals and goal setting strategies contribute to psychological well-being
  • report how emotion and components of personal growth can change the perception and achievement of positive motivation and meaning making

General Course Topics:

  • Foundations of motivation in psychology
  • Motivation and neuroscience
  • Physiological needs and motivation
  • Psychological needs
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • Implicit needs and motivation
  • Goal setting and motivation
  • Personal control in motivation
  • The self and motivation
  • Subconscious motivation
  • Motivation and emotion
  • Motivation and personal growth
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials