Motivating and Rewarding Employees

Subject 325-630 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminar per week (Not offered in 2009).
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 325-621 Organisational Behaviour and 325-663 Human Resource Management.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview: This subject will focus on the everyday managerial activities involved in motivating, assessing, and rewarding employee performance. Students will learn a number of techniques and programs that are designed to motivate, measure, and recognise employee performance. Topics will include goal-setting, job enrichment, employee recognition, employee involvement and empowerment, performance feedback, and pay-for-performance programs. Students will learn to identify and apply a range of criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of these management programs to develop their skills in managing employee performance. Students will also develop an understanding of the unique challenges associated with motivating various groups of people such as professionals, casual workers, ethnically diverse groups, and low-skilled employees.

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe and analyse various programs designed to motivate and reward employees
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of these management programs
  • Apply theories of motivation and rewards to solve employee performance problems.
Assessment: A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%) and assignments not exceeding 4000 words (50%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills, which should be fostered primarily through case analyses and class discussions;
  • Managerial skills in terms of providing effective feedback to employees, which should be developed with a better understanding of the theories, and through role-playing and class exercises;
  • Oral and written communication skills, which should be developed in class discussion and in preparation of written assignments.
Notes: Not offered in 2009

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