HRMT19012 - Performance Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Performance Management is a broad unit which focuses on ways of effectively managing employee performance through performance evaluation and compensation management. Fundamental to this process is a sound understanding of the theoretical formulation of both job analysis and design. An organisation's compensation policies play a major role in its ability to attract and retain skilled and/or experienced employees, to motivate high quality performance, and to support organisational strategic objectives. Performance evaluation or appraisal systems provide one of the major performance control mechanisms in an organisation, as well as impacting on motivation.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: 48 credit points

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Evaluation

Term 2 - 2011: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 3.82 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 22.99% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Assessment Items The assessment Criteria on both pieces is hard to understand then previous HR courses done. The assignment format confused me Student Evaluations All HRM Courses are currently under renewal through the AHRI accreditation application process. This includes assessment items and marking rubrics.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the major concepts and techniques concerned with the way in which organisations manage their people.
  2. Outline the key approaches to identifying and assessing employee and organisational performance.
  3. Identify the important relationship between an organisation's performance management system and human resource management.
  4. Explain the major reward practices and their implications in performance management.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

Performance Management: Pearson New International Edition
Author/s: Herman Aguinis Year: 2013
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Pearson Australia
City: Frenchs Forest State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

The University recommends you download an e-book direct from the Publisher.
Option 1 - VitalSource eText
Title: Performance Management: Pearson New International Edition VitalSource eText (3e)
Author: Aguinis, H. the ISBN number is 9781292037134
Available via Pearson’s website at http://www.pearson.com.au/9781292037134

Option 2 - Hard copy from publisher
Title: Performance Management: Pearson New International Edition (3e)
Author: Aguinis, H. the ISBN number is 9781292024073
Available via Pearson’s website at http://www.pearson.com.au/9781292024073

Option 3 – Hard copy from CQUniversity bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLaura Baker (l.e.baker@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Performance Management: An Overview

Overview of course content, expectations and assessment.

Readings on Moodle.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Performance Management and Reward Systems in Context

Aguinis Chapter 1

Readings on Moodle.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Performance Management Process

Aguinis Chapter 2

Readings on Moodle.

Commence work on Assessment Item 2, Portfolio Task, Element 1

Week 4 27-03-2017

Performance Management and Strategic Planning

Aguinis Chapter 3

Readings on Moodle.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Defining Performance and Choosing a Measurement Approach

Aguinis Chapter 4

Readings on Moodle.

Written Assessment 1 - Short Report on Case Study Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Measuring Results and Behaviours

Aguinis Chapter 5

Readings on Moodle.

Commence work on Assessment Item 2, Portfolio Task, Element 2

Week 7 24-04-2017

Gathering Performance Information

Aguinis Chapter 6

Readings on Moodle.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Implementing a Performance Management System

Aguinis Chapter 7

Readings on Moodle.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Performance Management and Employee Development

Aguinis Chapter 8

Readings on Moodle.

Commence work on Assessment Item 2, Portfolio Task, Element 3

Week 10 15-05-2017

Performance Management Skills

Aguinis Chapter 9

Readings on Moodle.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Reward Systems and Legal Issues

Aguinis Chapter 10

Readings on Moodle.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Managing Team Performance

Readings on Moodle.

Written Assessment 2 - Performance Management System Portfolio Due Monday (29 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 1 - Short Report on Case Study
Task Description

Objective

This is an individual assessment task in which students will examine critical issues in relation to performance management. The objective is to gain a greater understanding of the effective management of employee performance through reward systems in context. This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes 1 and 4.

Structure

The assignment should be written in report format in no more than 2000 words. Follow the CQU Guide for Report Writing (available on Moodle).

Your assignment must be written in Times New Roman, size 12, with 1.5 line spacing. You must follow all other formatting rules specified in the guide mentioned above.

Task

This task uses a video case study of the Lincoln Electric Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Links to the video case study can be found on the Moodle site.

Imagine you are a HR executive at the Lincoln Electric Company:

  • Analyse the reward practices used at Lincoln Electric and their implications for the management of employee performance.
  • What alternative reward practices could be used to manage employee performance at Lincoln Electric?
  • What would you recommend management at Lincoln Electric do to improve its current reward and performance management processes?

Your report should contain a response of approximately equivalent length to all of the critical thinking questions presented above. Provide relevant research evidence to justify and support your responses in addition to the set text.

Instructions:

You are expected to read widely for the assignment. You should access scholarly material (not just your textbook), including peer reviewed journal articles, chapters from edited books of readings, and books on specific human resource management (HRM) topics (at least 8 additional references required for the entire assignment).

A good guide would be to use at least 2 additional references (ideally these would be journal articles from 2010-2016) for each of the questions. The reference lists found in your prescribed textbook, as well as other texts, are good places to start when searching for additional references. Reliance on websites or textbooks only is NOT an appropriate academic literature search and will not help you to achieve higher marks and/or grading.

The purpose of this piece of assessment is for you to demonstrate your ability to construct an in-depth and critical analysis discussion on Performance Management topics. In doing so, you are expected to use, and correctly cite, a range of relevant scholarly literature as evidence to justify and support your work.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
This is an estimated date. Normally assignments will be returned within two weeks from the nominated submission date, or from the date of their receipt by the marker. Sometimes there might be a delay pending contingencies.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
  • Ability to critically evaluate case study by comparing the organisational context to literature (30%)
  • Demonstrate understanding of performance management processes, concepts and techniques (30%)
  • Ability to problem solve to explain major reward practices and their implication in performance management (30%)
  • Appropriate use of the conventions of Report writing: structure, language, length and tone (5%)
  • Appropriate use of the APA referencing system (5%)

All information for assessments shown in this course profile must be read in conjunction with the instructions provided on Moodle course website. Please see the course website for more details about the marking criteria.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the major concepts and techniques concerned with the way in which organisations manage their people.

4. Explain the major reward practices and their implications in performance management.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 2 - Performance Management System Portfolio
Task Description

Objective

This is an individual assessment task in which students will examine a range of elements of a Performance Management System. The aim is to gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the connections between elements of the system and the management of employee performance. This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes 2 and 3.

Structure

The portfolio comprises three elements each examining one aspect of a Performance Management System. Each element has a research component of a 400 word discussion plus the development of a 'form' or the completion of a practical activity. The 400 word discussion should follow the CQU's guide for writing essays (available on Moodle).

Your assignment must be written in Times New Roman, size 12, with 1.5 line spacing. You must follow all other formatting rules specified in the guide mentioned above.

Tasks

It is recommended that these elements be attempted in the week corresponding to the topic of each element. You can gain informal peer feedback on each element in class or via the Moodle discussion board.

Element 1: Job Analysis – Critically discuss the importance of job analysis to organisational performance (written). Using O*NET create a summary description for your ‘Ideal Job’ as well as a list of tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities needed for successful performance (practical).

Element 2: Measuring Results and Behaviours – ‘A focus on results encourages unethical behaviour’. Discuss. (written). Identify three competencies of your ‘Ideal Job’ created in Task 1, identify a critical behaviour indicator for each competency, generate critical incidents (high, average and poor performance) for each behaviour indicator, and create graphic rating scales using BARS to measure each competency (practical).

Element 3: Employee Development – Discuss the link between employee development and one negative and one positive organisational outcome (written). Ask your class members/ friends/ family to provide feedback on the degree to which you currently display the three competencies of your ‘Ideal Job’ identified in Task 2. Develop and complete a Professional Development Plan and Form to improve your performance against each of the competencies (practical).

Instructions:

You are expected to read widely for the assignment. You should access scholarly material (not just your textbook), including peer reviewed journal articles, chapters from edited books of readings, and books on specific human resource management (HRM) topics (at least 4 references required for each element). The reference lists found in your prescribed textbook, as well as other texts, are good places to start when searching for additional references. Reliance on websites or textbooks only is NOT an appropriate academic literature search and will not help you to achieve higher marks and/or grading.

The purpose of this piece of assessment is for you to demonstrate your ability to construct an in-depth and critical analysis discussion on the given topics. In doing so, you are expected to use, and correctly cite, a range of relevant scholarly literature as evidence to justify and support your work.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017)
This is the final assessment for this course. Assignments, along with the marks, will not be returned until the official certification of grades (10-July-2015) set by CQUniversity.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
  • Demonstrated knowledge of key approaches to identifying and assessing employee and organisational performance (30%)
  • Identification of the relationship between Performance Management Systems, organisational performance and Human Resource Management (30%)
  • Ability to critically evaluate different Performance Management Systems (30%)
  • Appropriate use of the conventions of Essay writing: structure, language, length and tone (5%)
  • Appropriate use of the APA referencing system (5%)

All information for assessments shown in this course profile must be read in conjunction with the instructions provided on Moodle course website. Please see the course website for more details about the marking criteria.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Outline the key approaches to identifying and assessing employee and organisational performance.

3. Identify the important relationship between an organisation's performance management system and human resource management.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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