PYMHM-Human Motivation

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PYMIP Introduction to Psychology for Finance
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Julia Vogt


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This course will examine some theories and ideas about human motivation, self-regulation and self-control and consider how we can enhance people's motivation and self-control in practice, based on the literature in psychology.


To enable students to study topics relating to human motivation, self-regulation, and self-control in depth; to give students experience of critical evaluation of selected topics in this field; to give them experience of current research being undertaken; to help them develop the ability to study independently.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should (1) understand and critically evaluate theories and ideas about human motivation, self-regulation, and self-control in psychology and (2) learn how we can improve people's motivation, self-regulation, and self-control in practice.

Additional outcomes:

Students will gain experience from participating in evaluative discussions of research and theory in large and small groups. The module additionally provides an opportunity for students to improve either their essay-writing skills or their ability to work as part of a team to present an argument in an oral presentation format.

Outline content:

5 3-hr seminars. Each session will be a mixture of lectures and group discussion, and deal with different topics related to motivation, self-regulation, and self-control based on the literature of psychology.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This course of 5 x 3-hour seminars will use a mixture of short lectures alongside group discussions. Each session will combine lectures with a variety of teaching methods, including discussions, small group work, and videos. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 15
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Written report.

Formative assessment methods:

Groupwork within class.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
An alternative piece of coursework will be provided.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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