PS388 Learning and Motivation

for S1V 2010

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PS 388 Learning and Motivation


S1V 2010 GO


Payne, Karla


Adjunct Faculty


MS Psychology
Licensed Professional Counselor

Office Hours

by appointment

Other Phone



Semester Dates

Jan. 11th - Mar. 7th

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM


PS 101

Credit Hours


Powell, R., Symbaluk, D., & Honey, P. (2009). Introduction to learning and behavior (3rd Ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishers ISBN 978-0-495-59528-1

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Course Description:
PS 388 Learning and Motivation: A survey of major theories and supporting research related to classical and operant conditioning, social learning, and motivational processes. Consideration of behavior modifications and applications in solving clinical, moti- vational, education and societal problems. Prerequisite: PS 101. 3:0:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the major learning and motivational theories.
  2. Apply the general principles of learning and motivation theories in the ‘real world'.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate use and understanding of learning concepts; apply learning concepts to modify behavior in themselves and a computer simulated rat; and demonstrate understanding of personal motivations and measures.

Core Assessment:


One of the requirements in this course is the submission of a reflective paper descriptive of your personal theory of motivation. The purpose for writing this paper is to describe, explain, and analyze your motivation and present a ‘motivation profile’.   

More specifically, begin your paper with an introduction of the paper and topic.  Next, present a brief discussion of the outcomes from the in-class scales.  Following this, create a Synthesis of motivational components and scales/ inventories into your profile of motivation (incorporate at least 5 scales/ inventories).  Next, present an Evaluation of the scales, e.g., which scales were descriptive and applicable, and why, and those scales that were not with an explanation.  Finally, Apply your profile to operant and classical conditioning.  In other words, demonstrate that you are able to detect aspects of operant and classical conditioning in your own behavior.  Complete your paper with a conclusion and summary.

Be sure to create a profile of motivation that is descriptive of you. If there are any missing “pieces” in the theory of your motivation, please address those. Who knows, you may stumble upon a great idea for a new scale or inventory.

Prepare your paper in APA style.  The length of the body of the paper should be at least 10 pages of text with the reference to at least 5 motivation scales or inventories as primary references.

If you need more information about the scales, please refer to the book, The Psychologist's Book of Self-Tests Janda (1998).

Scale/ Inventory

The Impostor Phenomenon Scale

Fear Of Success Scale

Locus Of Control Scale

Sensation-Seeking Scale Form V

Rational Behavior Inventory

Rathus Assertiveness Inventory

Interpersonal Dependency Inventory

Competitive-Cooperative Attitude Scale

Existential Anxiety Scale

The Argumentativeness Scale

Triangular Love Scale

Intimacy Attitude Scale - Revised

Romanticism Scale

The Self-Report Jealousy Scale

Sexual Attitudes Scale

Sensuality Scale

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on exam performance, Sniffy exercises, and performance on the personal motivation paper.

Quizzes: In order to prepare you for the exams and comprehensive exam, chapter quizzes will be available for you.
Exams: There will be three exams in this course, One for Classical Conditioning (25 pts) and the other over Operant Conditioning (25 pts). Finally, there will be a comprehensive final exam worth 50 pts that covers both Classical and Operant conditioning. The content for the exams and final will be drawn from questions found in the quizzes. Make-ups for the exams will be given only to those who have scheduled a test time before that exam. Note: the questions and format of make-up exams may be different than regular exams.
Motivation Component: In order to address the aspect of motivation, various personality/ motivation tests will be presented by students. Each student will be responsible for presenting a test and explaining the application to motivation and the scoring of the exam. At the end of the semester, students will submit a typewritten paper that will present a ‘motivational profile’ of themselves referencing the results from these tests. The paper constitutes the Core Assessment for the course and is worth 50 pts. 
Sniffy Component: In order to apply the principles of learning we will discuss in class, you will complete exercises in the Sniffy text Basic concepts (exercises: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5); Classical Conditioning concepts (exercises: 7, 8, 10, 13, 16, 19); and Operant Conditioning concepts (exercises: 22, 23, 27, 28, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41) and submit your results. These will be worth 2 points each (total = 40 pts.) In order to motivate you to complete all the exercises, if you complete all exercises you will receive a bonus of 10 points. During the Final Exam period we will hold a Rat Olympics to determine which student can train Sniffy to bar press the fastest and then first to shape Sniffy on a behavior (Sniffy exercises 43, 44, or 45). 

Graded Component


CC Exam


OC Exam


Final COEX




Motivation Paper






The course grade is determined by the total number of points from papers, participation, and exams. Grades will be based on percentage cutoffs, i.e., 90 % and higher = A, 80-89 % = B, 70-79 % = C, 60-69 % = D, and less than 60 % = F.



200 - 180


179 - 160


159 - 140


139 - 120


119 - 0


Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect all students to arrive on time and remain in the classroom except for emergencies. 

No food or drink is permitted in the classroom.

Turn your cell phones off or to vibrate and use of camera phones is prohibited.

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Papers should be formatted in proper APA style, e.g., typed with 1 inch margins and in 12pt font, e.g., Times New Roman.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The Instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.




Assignments/ Exams

1. Jan 11

Introduction / History


Ch 1 Quiz

    Jan 13

Research Methods


Ch 2 Quiz / Sniffy

2. Jan 18

Elicited Behavior/ Classical Conditioning


Ch 3 Quiz

    Jan 20

CC – Basic Phenomena


Ch 4 Quiz

3. Jan 25

CC – Underlying Proc


Ch 5 Quiz

    Jan 27

CC – Underlying Proc


Ch 5 Quiz

4. Feb 1

CC - Applications


CC – Exam /

    Feb 3

Operant Cond – Intro


Ch 6 Quiz

5. Feb 8

OC – Schedules & Theories


Sniffy CC Exercises due /

Ch 7 Quiz

    Feb 10

Extinction/ Stim Control


Ch 8 Quiz

6. Feb 15

Escape/ Avoidance/ Punishment


Ch 9 Quiz

    Feb 17



Ch 10 Quiz

7. Feb 22



Ch 10 Quiz

    Feb 24

Observational Learning /   OC Exam


Motivation Paper – Mon 24th

Ch 12 Quiz

OC – Exam / Sniffy OC Exercises due

8. Mar 1

Applications/ Motivation Wrap up/ Final Exam


Final COEX

Final Exam -  Wednesday March 3rd, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm  

Academic Honesty:
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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
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  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
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  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Assesses all of the scales/ inventories presented in class. Assesses 10 of the scales/ inventories presented in class. Assesses with fewer than 10 of the scales/ inventories presented in class. Does not assess the scales/ inventories presented in class. 
Identifies and links more than 5 scales/ inventories Identifies and links content from 5 scales/ inventories Identifies and links research from 3-4 scales/ inventories Identifies and links research from fewer than 3 scales/ inventories 
Identifies and critiques more than 5 scales/ inventories Identifies and critiques 5 scales/ inventories Identifies and critiques 3-4 scales/ inventories Identifies and critiques 0-2 scales/ inventories 
Applies more than 3 operant and classical conditioning concepts to personal profile. Applies 2-3 operant and classical conditioning concepts to personal profile. Applies 1 operant and 1 classical conditioning concepts to personal profile. Fails to apply operant and classical conditioning concepts to personal profile. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Content of paper has no errors of concept. Content of paper has 1 or 2 errors of concept. Content of paper has 3 or 4 errors of concept. Content of paper has more than 4 errors of concept. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Written paper has a text body of more than 10 pages.
APA Format is generally followed (1 class error: cover page, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc.)
Written paper has a text body of 10 pages
APA Format is generally followed (2-3 class errors: cover page, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc.)
Written paper has a text body of 8-9 pages
APA Format is generally followed (4 class errors: cover page, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc.)
Written paper has a text body of less than 8 pages
APA Format is generally followed (5 + class errors: cover page, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc.)


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