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PSY223 Understanding and Managing Emotions

Semester 1, January, 2015

Course Outline
Course Title
Understanding and Managing Emotions
Course Code
Course Description
Welcome PSY223, Understanding and Managing Emotions! In this course, we
will explore and understand the evolutionary and socio-cultural basis for
emotions, the triggers of specific feelings, and the hows and whys of
emotional expressions. Over the 14 weeks of this course, well see how
emotions permeate and influence almost all aspects of our daily lives. We will
cover a broad range of topics, from understanding the physiological
processes related to emotions, how emotions are communicated, the way
emotions vary across cultures, why people regulate or suppress their
emotions, and the reasons why we experience certain emotions. Also
discussed are ways in which to effectively manage our emotions, and use
them to improve our day-to-day performance and to enhance the quality of
our interactions with others.
Course Objectives
This module aims to provide students with:
Knowledge in the field of emotions from psychological, biological and
evolutionary perspectives.
An introduction to the key emotion types, its antecedents and strategies
for managing emotions.
An appreciation of how emotions impacts within-individual processes,
interactions with others, cognitive processes and day-to-day behaviours.
Awareness of research methods used in the study of emotions, alongside
the challenges of researching emotions.
Practical suggestions on the management of ones emotions.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to improve their
personal and professional development in key areas related to emotions:
A. Knowledge of Emotions in the Context of Psychology (Knowledge;

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Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the impact of emotions on

various psychological processes, which includes being able to state some
ways in which emotions affect cognition and behaviour.
Being able to list and describe both basic and culture-specific emotions.
The ability to define and describe key emotion-influenced processes,
including emotional contagion, emotional suppression, regulation and
labour, as well as how emotions link with personality traits.
Describe and explain the methods involved in the study of emotions, and
how emotional processes can be scientifically studied.

B. Practical Emotion Management Skills (Practical Skills; PLO2)

A greater level of personal awareness of emotional processes, as well as
the strategies for effectively managing emotions.
Attainment of skills relating to the regulation and use of emotions to
optimize cognitive performance, and/or enhance the outcome of an
interaction with another party.
Developing the foundations for emotionally-intelligent behaviour, and
understanding why emotional intelligence may be a better driver of
interpersonal success than cognitive intelligence.
C. Social Skills and Responsibilities (Social Skills and
Responsibilities; PLO3)
An enhanced ability to identify and describe emotional cues expressed by
others, and being able to suggest some possible means by which to deal
with destructive or unhelpful emotions.
D. Research Skills (Scientific Methods, Critical Thinking and Problem
Solving Skills; PLO6)
Enhanced ability to conduct literature reviews, review research and
articles on the study of emotions.
Improvement in the ability to report on, and understand the subjective
nature of emotions in everyday life.
Course Status
Breakdown of Expected Learning Hours
This course will be taught through lectures. The lectures will cover both the
theoretical and practical components of the course, while the required
coursework will enable students to demonstrate their understanding of the
lecture and textbook material in a practical manner which will subsequently
enhance their ability to apply knowledge into a real-life context.
Contact Hours
42 hours
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Mode Lectures
Independent Learning Hours
78 hours (approximate only)
Background reading, assignment preparation, revision for exam
Completed 54 credit hours
Credit Hours
For students prior to Jan 2011 - 3 credit hours; for students from Jan 2011
onwards - 4 credit hours.
Required Text
Shiota, M.N. & Kalat, J.W. (2011). Emotion (2nd Edn.). Wadsworth: California.
Supplemental Text
Oatley, K., Keltner, D. & Jenkins, J.M. (2010). Understanding emotions, 2nd ed.
Blackwell: Massachusetts
Dr. Eugene (Yu Jin) Tee
Telephone: 603-2094 2000 Ext. 1178
Ms. Teo Shi Wei
Telephone: 603-2095 8791 Ext. 1164
Assessment Items
Emotions Poster
Emotions Self-Reflection
Final Exam


Emotions Poster (30%)

For this group project, you will need to choose any one emotion of your
choice and develop an informative poster detailing that chosen emotion.
This assignment is due Week 11, Friday, March 27 th, 2015, 5:30pm,
at the tutors office.
Emotions Self-Reflection Journal (20%)
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This is an individual assignment where you will need to reflect on your

understanding of the course and relate them to your own real-life
experiences. This assignment is due Week 12, Friday, April 3 rd,
5:30pm, at the tutors office.
Assignment briefing documents for both the poster and self-reflection journal
assignments have been uploaded onto MyAcel. Please see the briefing
documents for detailed explanations on what is expected for these
assignments, as well as their relevant marking schemes.
Final Examination (50%)
Final examinations will comprise of either multiple-choice questions and/or
short essays. Students are advised to reference the lecture materials and the
textbook readings to prepare for the examinations. This is a closed book
examination which means that students are not allowed to source
any written materials during the examination.
The final exam will cover all content in the course. Additional information will
be provided closer to the exam week during lectures.
There will be NO midterm examination for this course.
Reference Site and Database
MyAcel: http//
Login to Service:
UserID: ns014962
Password: password
Recommended Readings and References
Week 1 The Nature of Emotion
Reeve, J. (2009). Understanding motivation and emotion, 5th ed. Wiley. See
Chapter 11 (Nature of Emotion: Five Perennial Questions) and Chapter 12:
Aspects of Emotion.
Week 2 The Evolution of Emotion, Communicating Emotion
Ekman, P. Emotions revealed. St. Martins.
Hatfield, E.A., Cacioppo, J.T. & Rapson, R.L. (1994). Emotional contagion.
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Bekoff, M. (2008). The emotional lives of animals: A leading scientist

explores animal joy, sorrow, and empathy-and why they matter. New world
library. (Note: If youre interested in animal emotions, this is the book for
Week 5 Emotion in the Brain
Fallon, J. (2013). The psychopath inside: A neuroscientist's personal journey
into the dark side of the brain. Penguin.
Week 6 Emotion Regulation
Hochschild, A.R. (2003). The managed heart: Commercialization of human
feeling. University of California Press.
Week 8 Anger and Disgust
Raine, A. (2013). The anatomy of violence: the biological roots of crime.
Random House LLC.
Haidt, J. (2013). The righteous mind: Why good people are divided by politics
and religion. Random House LLC.
Herz, R. (2012). That's disgusting: Unraveling the mysteries of repulsion. WW
Norton & Company.
Week 9 Love
Fisher, H.D. (1994). The anatomy of love: A natural history of mating,
marriage, and why we stray. Ballantine.
Praver, F.C. (2011).The new science of love. Sourcebook.
Fredrickson, B. (2013). Love 2.0: How our supreme emotion affects
everything we think, do, feel, and become. (Note: This is also a good book on
happiness, self-compassion and loving kindness meditation)
Week 10 Happiness
Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The how of happiness: A scientific approach to
getting the life you want. Penguin.
Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). The myths of happiness: What should make you
happy, but doesn't, what shouldn't make you happy, but does. Penguin.
Week 11 The Self-Conscious Emotions
Forward, S. (2001). Emotional blackmail: When people in your life use fear,
obligation, and guilt to manipulate you. HarperCollins.
Week 12 Emotions and Personality
Davidson, R. J. (2012). The emotional life of your brain: How its unique
patterns affect the way you think, feel, and live - and how you can change
them. Penguin.
Week 14 Effects of Emotion on Cognition
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Goleman, D. (1996). Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ.
Bradbury, T. & Greaves, J. (2009). Emotional intelligence 2.0. Talentsmart.
Damasio, A. (2008). Descartes' error: Emotion, reason and the human brain.
Random House.
Academic Journals
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Journal of Applied Psychology
Emotion Review
Cognition and Emotion
Psychological Bulletin
Psychological Science
Course Schedule Semester 1 (January), 2015
Week 1
Jan 12 16
Week 2
Jan 19 23
Week 3
Jan 26 30

Lecture 1: The Nature of
Lecture 2: The Evolution of
Lecture 3: Culture and

Week 4
Feb 2 6

Lecture 4: Emotion and

Body: Autonomic Nervous
System and Hormones

Week 5
Feb 9 13
Week 6
Feb 16 20
Week 7
Feb 23 27
Week 8
Mar 2 6
Week 9
Mar 9 13
Week 10
Mar 16 20

Comments and Readings

Shiota & Kalat Ch. 1
Shiota & Kalat Ch. 2
Shiota & Kalat Ch. 3
Shiota & Kalat Ch. 4
February 2nd: Federal Territory
February 3rd: Thaipusam

Lecture 5: Emotion and the

Brain: The Central Nervous
Lecture 6: Emotion
Regulation and Emotional

Shiota & Kalat Ch. 5

Shiota & Kalat Ch. 6
February 19th and 20th:
Chinese New Year

Lecture 7: Fear and Anxiety

Shiota & Kalat Ch. 7

Lecture 8: Anger and Disgust

Shiota & Kalat Ch. 8

Lecture 9: Love

Shiota & Kalat Ch. 9

Lecture 10: Happiness and

Positive Emotions

Week 11
Mar 23 27

Lecture 11: The SelfConscious Emotions

Week 12
Mar 30 Apr

Lecture 12: Emotion and


Shiota & Kalat Ch. 10

Shiota & Kalat Ch. 11
Assignment 1 (Emotions
Poster) due March 27 at
Shiota & Kalat Ch. 13
Assignment 2 (Emotions SelfHELP University Department of Psychology
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Reflection Journal) due April 3

at 5:30pm.

Week 13
Apr 6 10
Week 14
Apr 13 17
Weeks 14
Apr 20 24
Week 15 16
Apr 27 May

Lecture 13: Effects of

Emotion on Cognition
Lecture 14: Course Review
and Concluding Comments

Shiota & Kalat Ch. 14


Study Break


Course Policies
Department of Psychology Policies
Please note that the policies below apply to all students enrolled for
this subject: BPsych students, BBusPsych students and ADP
students. Students from other departments taking this subject as
an elective are bound by all policies stated here except research
participation and attendance at colloquium + other compulsory
1. Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism,
falsifying documents, and general unethical behaviour. Students who have
been found engaging in acts of misconduct can be referred to the
Departmental Assessment Investigative Committee (DAIC) for further
investigation. If found guilty, the following penalties can be meted out at the
discretion of the committee:
1. 0 for assessment
2. F grade for the subject
3. Suspension from the program
4. Expulsion from the program
2. Plagiarism note
All students must use the APA citation style refer to the guide posted
on My Acel.
Plagiarism is defined as any unacknowledged use of ideas and material
produced by someone other than the writer him/herself.
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Please note that you are NOT to submit any part of an assignment that
you have already submitted to any subject, whether in the same or
different semester
All assignments must be submitted to Turnitin. Failure to do so will
result in 0 marks for that particular assignment.
The following rules apply:
1) Any information taken from any source must be cited.
2) If you copy the words (more than 3 words in the same sequence)
from the source, this is called a direct quotation. Quotation marks
must be used and this must be cited.
3) If you re-write or summarize the information in your own words, this
is called a paraphrase. No quotation marks are necessary, but the
source must be cited.




Complete paragraphs and/or
sentences used without in-text
Clear intent to plagiarize

One or two in-text citations

Quotation marks omitted
Little or no evidence of intent
to plagiarize
Material is acknowledged but
at best, the paraphrasing is
only limited to a few words
being changed Quotation
marks are also not used)

For cases of blatant plagiarism,
students may be called before the
Dept Assessment Investigative
Committee (DAIC) consisting of the
Head of Department and two
Senior Lecturers. The following
decisions can be made at the
discretion of the lecturer and/or
the DAIC:
1. 0 for assignment
2. F grade for the subject
3. Suspension from the program
4. Expulsion from the program
In addition to this, all faculty staff
will be made aware of the students
who appear before the committee.
Reference /recommendation letters
will not be provided for these
Maximum 50% of available points
Lecturer discretion
Student to be notified of action.
This will be accompanied by a
discussion/consultation on how the
mistake can be avoided in future.
Maximum 50% of available points
Lecturer discretion
Student to be notified of action.
This will be accompanied by a
discussion / consultation on how
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Little or no evidence of intent

to plagiarize

the mistake can be avoided in


3. Mid-Term / Class Test Attendance Policy

i. For class tests / mid-terms that are 1 hour or less students are not
allowed to enter after / leave before the first 10 minutes of the test.
ii. For class tests / mid-terms that more than 1 hour students are not
allowed to enter after / leave before the first 30 minutes of the test.
iii. For class tests / mid-terms, students are not allowed to leave in the last
10 minutes of the test.
4. Barring from Final Examinations
Please note that effective from the Jan 2011 semester, for all Psychology
subjects, students must attempt any assessment within the enrolled subject
that is 10% and above, and obtain at least 10% of the total marks for that
particular assessment. Failure to do so will result in the student being barred
from Final Examinations for that particular subject.
For example, for a subject that has the following assessment:
Assignment 1: 10%
Assignment 2: 15%
Mid-terms: 30%
Final Exams:
If a student does not submit/attend any of the following: Assignment 1 /
Assignment 2 / Mid-terms (and obtain at least 10% of the marks for those
assessments), this student will be barred from sitting for the final
examinations of this subject. E.g. if a student attempts Assignment 1 and
receives only 8 marks out of 100 (or 0.8% out of 10% - i.e. less than 10% of
the marks for that assessment), they will be barred from that subjects final
Please note that students have to submit their assignments within 7 days of
the due date (the 7 days include weekends). Assignments submitted after
that will not be considered. (i.e. students who submit assignments later
than 7 days after the due date will be barred from final exams)
5. Assignment Submission and Late Assignment Deductions
All assignments should include a title page. Once an assignment is
submitted, no additions or changes can be made, even if this is done before
the deadline.
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Late submission of assignments will incur a penalty of 2% per day (24

hours) (including Saturdays and Sundays). This 2% deduction per day is
incurred on the total percentage of the assignment.
For example:
Assignment 1, worth 20% of your total grade, is marked upon 100 marks.
The 2% deduction per day is from the 20% and not from the 100 marks.
If a student submits the assignment 2 days late = 4% deduction = student
receives a 16% maximum for the assignment.
In addition to this, late submission of assignments within the first 12 hours
incur a penalty of 1% and not 2%. For any late submissions after the first 12
hours, penalties are counted on a daily basis (2% per day).
For example, for a 20% assignment:
1. Submission = 10 hours late. This student will receive a 19% maximum for
the assignment.
2. Submission = 13 hours late. This counts as 1 day late and this student will
receive an 18% maximum for the assignment.
3. Submission = 1 day and 2 hours late. This counts as 2 days late and this
student will receive a 16% maximum for the assignment.
6. TurnItIn Information
All assignments have to be submitted to TurnItIn. Instructions:
1. Sections of assignment to be uploaded from the Title Page to the last
page of content. Do not include your references and appendices when you
upload your assignment to TurnItIn because this results in a high plagiarism
2. In your hardcopy, after the last page (of references or appendices, if
applicable), attach your TurnItIn receipt as proof of submission. The TurnItIn
receipt includes your name, date & time of receipt. You will see it after you
have uploaded your assignment to TurnItIn.
3. When uploading your assignment to TurnItIn, make sure you use your
registered name (i.e. what is in the attendance list) & not a nickname.
4. Failure to submit your assignment to TurnItIn will result in ZERO marks for
the assignment.
5. Failure to attach the Turnitin receipt to your assignment will result in a
deduction of 2% per day (if it is submitted within the first 12 hours, 1% per
6. Failure to use your registered name on TurnItIn will result in a deduction of
5% deduction.
7. Compulsory Participation in Experiments
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(This policy applies to all BusPsych students (prior to Jan 2014

intake) & all BPsych students***)
Please note that it is compulsory for every student to participate in 1.5
hours (90 minutes) of research this semester: 1.5 hours in total for the
whole semester, regardless of the number of Psychology subjects you are
enrolled in (E.g, a student enrolled in 3 Psychology subjects and a student
enrolled in 1 Psychology subject will have to participate in the same number
of hours (1.5 hours) of research).
Failure to do so will result in 2% being deducted from each Psychology
subject that you are enrolled in. Please see the Head of Department if you
are uncomfortable with attending experiments and would like to obtain
alternative forms of assessment. No bonus marks will be allocated for
participation of more than 1.5 hours of research.
***For the January 2015 semester, the following students are exempted from
this requirement:
1. BPsych students who are only enrolled in PSY 313 Undergraduate
Thesis 2 and no other Psychology subject.
2. BPsych students who are enrolled in PSY 201. (This does not apply to
students with TA grades for PSY 201).
Important Note: Total participation = Attended Hours Absent Hours
(clarify with the department if you are unsure). Students must ensure that
they attend every experiment that they sign up for. Failure to attend an
experiment will result in the number of hours of that experiment being
deducted from the compulsory hours you have completed. For example, if one
signs up for a 2-hour experiment but fails to attend this experiment, the
compulsory research hours in the system will be stated as -2 hours. As such,
this student will need to participate in a total of 3.5 hours of experiments to
fulfil the 1.5 hour compulsory requirement. Please refer to the Department of
Psychology admin staff if you have any questions about this.
Students may sign up for all experiments at There are instructions on the main page
for all experimenters and participants, so please refer to the instructions
Attention: All Experimenters
Kindly update your participants' attendance latest by Friday, Week 13, 12pm
(10th April). It is the experimenters responsibility to ensure that all students
who have signed up and attended the experiment receive a confirmation of
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-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Attention: All Participants
Please double-check your compulsory research participation hours for
accuracy. If there are discrepancies, kindly notify your experimenters to
update your attendance. The last day to do this is Friday, Week 13, 12pm
(10th April). No changes will be entertained after this.
9. Compulsory Events
In the January 2015 semester, it will be compulsory for all students to attend
the following events:
1. Colloquium Saturday 11 April 2015
Failure to do so will result in 2% being deducted from each Psychology
subject that you are enrolled in. Further details about these events will be
disseminated closer to the date of the events.
Students with valid reasons for being exempted from these events are to
consult the following academic staff:
1. Colloquium Ms Winnee Cheong
10. Policy on Participation for Group Assessment
1. It is the policy of this department that when group assessments are
assigned, each individual in that group holds the following responsibilities:

in the case of written assessment, to contribute to the finished

product, be it presentation notes, a research report or a project report.
This contribution may include archival research, drafting, editing or


in the case of an oral presentation, to verbally present part of the

presentation. No individual should be exempt from speaking during the
oral presentation.


to be clear on what your specific roles and contributions are to the

group effort, as well as the expectations your group members have in
terms of your contributions.


attend group meetings unless there are legitimate and documented

reasons for missing them.

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attend group meetings with supervisors unless there are legitimate

and documented reasons for missing them

2. Group members have a right to report fellow members for negligence if

there are deemed to have failed in any of the responsibilities listed above.

Group members are encouraged to raise these complaints with their

lecturers and attempts made to resolve differences before a formal
complaint is lodged.


Negligence (social loafing) reports can be filled in by one or several

members of the group (see attached form) using forms that can be
downloaded from the myacel site.


Negligence reports should be submitted to the course lecturer who will

then make a decision having investigated the issues raised. The group
member accused will have an opportunity to defend themselves
against the allegations made.


If a student is found to be negligent in this matter, a lecturer can

penalize them by deducting any amount of marks from their group
assessment marks and/or their individual assignment marks.

11. Evaluations
Every semester, there will be 2 evaluation processes for each subject:
1. Mid-semester evaluations:
These evaluations are held in class and consist of 2 subjective
questions. This is so that lecturers and tutors can receive feedback in
the middle of the semester, in order to address student concerns and
make improvements within the same semester.
2. Compulsory end of semester evaluations:
These evaluations are conducted online and consist of Likert-scale
questions as well as 2 subjective questions. The purpose of this is to
obtain feedback that will be beneficial for future semesters.
Students are strongly encouraged to fill in BOTH evaluation forms as
feedback is important and can help the faculty make important decisions
about the curriculum and the direction of the course.

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