APSY623-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

The Psychology of Motivation in Organisations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


The main objective of this course is to familiarise the students with the content domain of Motivation in organisations. A historic overview of the main Motivation theories is provided and integrated with contemporary research. These theories are also discussed in relation to their application to current organisational challenges, such as ensuring worker engagement, sense of purpose, and identity at work in both traditional and emerging ways of organising.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of seminal workplace motivation theories and be able to explain how psychological mechanisms and individual differences influence motivation at work.
  • Critically evaluate the quality of and biases in published workplace motivation research, attending to multiple interpretive lenses and perspectives.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the applications and limitations of workplace motivation research to organisational practice.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge of workplace motivation research to practical situations while considering its limitations and applications to the future of work.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 437
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Joana R C Kuntz


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Forum Posts 8% Forum Posts
In-Class Case Studies 12% In-Class Case Studies
Case Study Analysis 35% Case Study Analysis
Team Project 45% Team Project

Textbooks / Resources

There are no required textbooks for this course. Assigned readings for lectures will be provided online via LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,145.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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