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Postgraduate Course: Performance Management (CMSE11183)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThis course identifies the knowledge and skills needed for effective management of individual and team performance and examines the design of performance management systems that aim to transform organisational objectives into performance outcomes.
Course description Performance management is concerned with identifying, measuring and developing the performance of individuals and teams and aligning their performance with the strategic objectives of the organisations. Implementing performance management systems is related with many advantages in the organisations, such as increased employee motivation, competences and self-esteem, clearly defined job descriptions and goals, identification of under performers, enhanced employee engagement and commitment, among others.

The course consists of 10 lectures with the last lecture focusing on course re-cap and group presentations. The outline of each lecture with corresponding readings will be made available in a separate document in the beginning of January.

Student Learning Experience
The topics covered in the course range from the analysis of several components of the performance management process through an examination of approaches to performance measurement, to implementing a performance management system and considering different activities and techniques to improve employee performance. Throughout the course, learning will take place through a combination of semi-formal lectures, in-class exercises and case study analyses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 125 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Preparatory Reading 10x6hrs, Group Assignment 40hrs, Take Home Exam 28hrs Revision, Workshop 2hrs
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed in two ways:
- A group coursework, comprising 50% of marks [LO 3, 4, 5]
- Individual Final Assessment - open book exam format, comprising 50% of marks [LO 1, 2, 3]

Group Coursework
The coursework will be carried out in groups of 3-5 students. Each group will have to design a performance management system for the organisation of their choice (the organisation can be invented) focusing on one particular post.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To explain the concept of performance management and different advantages of implementing well-designed performance management systems.
  2. To explain and understand that performance management is an on-going process composed of several sub-processes, such as performance planning, execution, assessment, and review.
  3. To understand different approaches to performance measurement.
  4. To design a performance management system.
  5. To understand and develop key skills involved in effective performance management.
Reading List
Resource list:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding:
After completing this course, students should have gained:
- A secure knowledge and understanding of the concepts, techniques and practices of effective performance management.
- An insight into the practical issues in designing and delivering effective performance management of individuals, teams and organisations.

Cognitive Skills:
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Understand and appreciate the importance of implementing well-designed performance management systems.
- Understand how performance management feeds into other core HR functions.
- Recognise deficiencies in the existing systems and suggest how these can be improved.

Subject Specific Skills:
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Plan effective performance management policies and practices to improve individual, group and organisational performance.
- Devise and sustain arguments for using appropriate performance management techniques, rewards and sanctions to improve performance.
- Demonstrate the communication skills required when managing achievement and underachievement.
- Systematically decide and communicate strategic performance aims, objectives, priorities and targets.
- Design efficient performance management system
- Critically evaluate the effectiveness of performance management.
Course organiserDr Yumeng Yue
Tel: (0131 6)50 3809
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Millson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3013
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