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TEXT:  Motivation: Theory, Research, and Application by Herbert L. Petri.

            Additional readings available online may be assigned


Although introductory psychology is the only prerequisite for this course, be aware that this is a level 3000 psychology course. The course covers a large number of theories of motivation and behavior. It also relies heavily on the experimental approach to psychology. In many cases the material is conceptually difficult and requires considerable thought. Delaying the reading of the required material until a few days before an exam will not work for most students. Read the relevant material before we cover it in class, think about the material, and study often.


Exams: There will be 3 exams. The exams will consist of multiple choice, fill-ins, and short answers based on the lecture material, the textbook, and any additional reading assignments.

Makeup: If you miss an exam because of illness (or another legitimate and documented reason) you must notify me as soon as possible. Call my office and leave a message (or email) if you can't physically come to school. No makeups will be given to anyone who does not contact me by the next class period after the scheduled exam. ALL makeup exams will be given on the last day of Lecture classes Dec 13.

 On-line Quizzes: Quizzes will be provided on Blackboard.  You must take at least 5 of the quizzes to satisfy the Quiz requirement for the course.  20 pts will be given for each passed quiz up to 5 quizzes. 5 passed quizzes = 100 pts, 4 passed quizzes = 80 pts, etc.) A passing grade on a quiz is 65%. You may take the quizzes at any time and you may take any combination of quizzes that you like. The point of the quizzes is to help you study the material so take as many of them as possible and in a timely manner (i.e., prior to a scheduled exam).  To take the quizzes log onto Blackboard as usual. The address is http://setonhall.blackboard.com or you can access it through my homepage http://pirate.shu.edu/~vigorimi. 

Optional Portfolio Assignment:  A portfolio serves primarily 3 functions:

1.         an opportunity to integrate your notes, the text, and other material, therefore providing an effective study method.

2.     an individualized resource to take with you into future courses.

3.     a record or documentation of some of the content that you learned in the course.

Requirements and instructions  will be provided.

            Final grade:

              With Portfolio Assignment

  • Exam 70%

  • Quizzes 10%

  • Portfolio 20%

                                    Without Portfolio Assignment

  • Exam 90%

  • Quizzes 10%

 NO Extra Credit may be submitted to increase exam scores.


Tentative Exam Dates: 

  • Exam 1: October 4, Thursday

  • Exam 2: November 6, Tuesday

  • Exam 3: Final's Week, Dec 21, Friday, 2:45-4:25

CHAPTER OUTLINES: Chapter outlines will be made available on Blackboard.  These outlines are intended to help organize your studying. You are still responsible for all material covered in class and in the readings that may not appear on these outlines.


 I.            Introduction and the theory of evolution

  •             Chapter 1

II.            Biological views of motivation

  •             Chapter 2: Genetic contributions to motivated behavior

  •             Chapter 3: Arousal

  •             Chapter 4: Regulation

            III.            Learning views of motivation

  •             Chapter 5: Drive theory

  •             Chapter 6: Directed motivation

  •             Chapter 7: Incentive motivation

  •             Chapter 8: Hedonism and sensory stimulation


V.            Cognitive views of motivation

  •             Chapter 9:  Expectancy-Value Approaches (pp. 245-249)

  •             Chapter 10: Social motivation (pp. 263, 271 ; pp. 275-281 ; pp.                283-293)

  •             Chapter 11: Attribution (pp. 286-298 ; pp. 310-313)

  •             Chapter 12: Competence and control

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  last edited:
 September 07, 2001


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