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Motivation (VBS111)



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Understand Motivation and Motivate Others

Motivation is important in all areas of life, from the workplace to home. We need to be motivated to get out of bed in the morning. We need to be motivated to eat, drink and take care of basic needs. We also need to be motivated to improve ourselves, to complete tasks at work and to reach a state of self-actualisation.

This course is of value to all sorts of people - employees, colleagues, managers, teachers...anyone who would like to know more about how to enhance motivation in any setting. Learn about stage theories of motivation, different types of incentives, learning and conditioning, goal setting, rewards. Find out what works and what does not. Discover how motivational strategies can be used at work and how to apply them to encourage people to stay focused and meet their expectations.   


What the Course Covers

There are 8 lessons in this course:

1. Introduction
        How important is the study of motivation
        What is motivation
        Maslows theory of motivation
        Internal or intrinsic incentives
        Incentives external to the working environment
        The relational character of incentives
        Social reinforcers
2. Awareness
        Motivation and goals
        Motivation and distress
        Classical conditioning
        Operant conditioning
3. Tangible Rewards
        Self determination theory
        Hygiene and motivation theory
        Tangible rewards
4. Intangible Rewards
        Intrinsic motivation
        Security -Cultural, Production of community, Gender, Age, Vocation, Education, etc
        Belief systems
        Peer pressure
        Extringsic and intrinsic reinforcement at work
5. Negative Motivators
6. Initiating Motivation
        Explain how to initiate motivation with an individual or group for a situation not previously confronted.
7. Maintaining Motivation
        Goal setting
        Influence of Groups on individual motivation
        Social loafing
        Employee motivation in the workplace by managers
        Job design
        Motivation for a personal trainer
8. Applications
        Space management
        Time management
        Staff appraisals
        Vicious and virtuous cycles
        PBL Project: Create and present a plan with specific strategies for improving the employee’s motivation in the workplace, based on a clear understanding of the person’s needs, values and situation.



Study when, where and however much you want. For most students, the course can be completed with a total of around 100 hours of study; and a commitment close to that may be needed to achieve desired learning outcomes.

Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

Saving a Business


Self Assessment Tests are presented throughout the course. These are essentially an automated quiz. When you undertake a "SAT" or "Self Assessment Test", you will be able to see what you got correct, and what was incorrect; and in that way, you can identify your weaknesses.

Assignments are given at the end of each lesson. You should complete this assignment, paying careful attention to follow what is asked of you. It can be just as important to learn to work to specification, as it is to learn about the topic you are studying. Graduates who develop a habit of working to specification in the field of human behaviour, will impress employers, and will be more efficient when self employed.

A Final Exam is offered upon satisfactory completion of all assignments. This is optional. If you choose to apply for and do this exam, you will have the possibility of obtaining a "formal credit" or "Pass Certification" for this course. A fee applies. The exam may be sat under prearranged conditions anywhere in the world. This college will award you a formal transcript, upon successful completion of the exam, as proof of your results.

Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network; a group of colleges from several countries, affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.. Courses are developed with input from all of these colleges, aspiring to reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict "No Plagiarism" and "No fraud" policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and assignments will not be deemed to have been completed, if work is not your own original creation, and is found to have been copied from elsewhere. If the person doing the course is discovered to be different to the name enrolled, the enrolment and any results will be recorded as invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.

Refund Policy

A full refund less expenses (up to 15% of fees applied) is provided to anyone wishing to withdraw from a course, within 2 weeks of enrolment. This does not apply after the first assignment has been submitted and marked; or after the two weeks has expired.


We believe that we have an ethical responsibility to make good use of the fees you pay and the time you invest into an education through our college. To this end, our first priority is always your learning. This comes before issues such as formal accreditations, speculative marketing and bureaucratic processes which all too often add considerable costs to the running of colleges, and take resources away from the provision of more valuable services to the student.

This college focuses on facilitating your learning and support to optimise that learning. We recognise that learning is all about improving knowledge and skills in your long term memory. While some colleges may focus on getting you to pass exams, by committing knowledge to short term memory; we understand that such an approach is not true education, and does little to improve your long term career or business prospects.


How This Course Could Help You

This course is ideal for people interested in psychology, counselling, psychotherapy and related fields. It is also of interest to those who like to help others but are more interested in positive psychology than mental health. It may be suited to life coaches, sports coaches, teachers, and trainers.  

Study this course by itself or as part of a certificate or higher level course.   


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Motivation (VBS111) Motivation (VBS111)
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