EDUC 741 : Educational Psychology

Education and Social Work

2024 Semester Two (1245) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An advanced study of cognitive, motivational and social factors influencing learning.

Course Overview

This course facilitates critical engagement with current research in educational psychology. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of how cognitive, motivational and social factors relate to student learning and outcomes. Students are encouraged to discuss and draw connections with implications for classroom practice, as well as wider social implications. 
Assessments provide a highly scaffolded taste of the process of conducting research in educational psychology, helping to prepare you for independent study.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Master of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically examine current literature in the field of educational psychology (Capability 3, 4 and 5)
  2. Critically examine the process and outcomes of educational psychology research (Capability 3, 4 and 5)
  3. Critically discuss and apply educational psychology research findings to classroom practice (Capability 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  4. Critically discuss cognitive, motivational and social factors that impact on student motivation (Capability 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  5. Utilise current educational psychology findings to engage in high level discussions about students and their learning, teachers and their teaching (Capability 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8)
  6. Interpret and synthesise evidence from a special interest topic within educational psychology (Capability 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  7. Develop a high level understanding of the educational psychology research process in Aotearoa New Zealand (Capability 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Research Proposal 25% Individual Coursework
Assignments 15% Individual Coursework
Research Article 40% Individual Coursework
Research Presentation 20% Individual Coursework
Research Summary 0% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Research Proposal
Research Article
Research Presentation
Research Summary

Students must achieve at least 50% for the course and complete all assessments to receive a passing grade in the course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week on a 30 point course.

For this course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures per week,  5-10 hours of reading and engaging with the content and 5-10 hours of work on assignments. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled lectures.
Lectures will also be available as recordings.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a weekly lecture, following the Education timetable (i.e., breaks are aligned with the school holidays).

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Evaluations for the course were very high, but the timing of assignment deadlines will be reassessed based on student feedback. 
Additionally, the course is regularly updated based on discussion with students throughout the semester. For example, assignments have been adjusted to provide additional scaffolding and to ensure the connection across assignments is more explicit.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 05/11/2023 11:46 a.m.