Self Regulation: The Science of Achieving Your Goals

Module code: C8894
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Computer based exam

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Explain what is meant by self-regulation, using relevant examples
  • Understand the relevance of emotions in self-regulatory processes
  • Demonstrate familiarity with key theoretical models of self-regulation
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to promote successful self-regulation