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Course module: 201600023
Self-regulation in health behavior
Course infoSchedule
Course code201600023
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Psychologie;
Contact persondr. C. Evers
Telephone+31 30 2532686
dr. C. Evers
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prof. dr. D.T.D. de Ridder
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Teaching period
2  (14/11/2016 to 03/02/2017)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotB: TUE-morning, THU-afternoon
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 30/05/2016 08:00 up to and including 26/06/2016
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course goals
The goal of this course is to familiarize students with fundamental issues in the area of self-regulation, motivation, and emotion. Topics include basic self-regulatory processes such as goal setting and goal striving, self-control, and self-knowledge and facilitating and disruptive factors that influence self-regulatory processes, such as motivation, emotion (regulation) and coping, habits and automatic influences. Strategies for improving self-regulation will also be discussed. Importantly, all these topics are focused on health and health behavior. The course consists of lectures (knowledge) and tutorials with assignments (knowledge and skills) that together serve as preparation for the exam.

After this course students should be able to:
  • Understand the basic theories, different dimensions, key concepts, current debates, and important facilitative and disruptive factors in the domain of self-regulation, with a specific focus on self-regulation in health behaviors.
  • Critically use scientific psychological literature on current scientific and societal debates on self-regulation, motivation, or emotion.
  • Know how to assess and measure self-regulation.
The first goal will be assessed in a written exam at the end of the course testing students’ knowledge and understanding of the literature and lectures. The last two goals will be assessed with assignments during the course.
You absolutely enjoy delicious food but you also absolutely want a slim figure? You have a hang-over and you swear that you will never drink this much again, yet at the next party you drink too much anyhow? You want to quit smoking, you know all the disadvantages of this bad habit, and still, you cannot get yourself to the point of actually stop smoking… All these topics are related to self-regulation and self-control.
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Basic psychological knowledge at first year bachelor level.
Required materials
Yet to be specified
See course manual.
Instructional formats (attendance required)
Class session preparation
Read course literature (see course manual)

Office hour
Small-group session (Required)
Class session preparation
Prepare group assignments (see course manual)

Contribution to group work
Active class participation is required

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Examination consists of a final assessment testing knowledge and insight, and assignments testing knowledge and skills. Each component needs to be passed with a minimum grade of 5.5. See course manual for further details.

Aspects of student academic development
Academic thinking, working and acting
Writing skills (general) - preparing, writing, rewriting and finishing various texts
Presentations - preparation, execution and evaluation of lectures and defences

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