Self Regulation: The Science of Achieving Your Goals (C8894)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

We need to regulate our thoughts, feelings and behaviour in order to achieve our goals and succeed in life. In this module, we will consider the processes involved in self-regulation, the role of emotions in self-regulation, and the relationship between self-regulation and mental, physical, and social wellbeing. We will also discuss the factors that lead people to fail at self-regulation, and the interventions and techniques people can use to improve their regulation ability and thus achieve their goals.

You will learn about controlling emotions, combating procrastination, forming good habits, and overcoming smoking, overeating, and overspending. You will gain theoretical and practical insights into how people successfully pursue their goals, and will apply these insights to your own lives.


100%: Lecture


25%: Coursework (Portfolio, Test)
75%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 126 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.