Employee Performance Management - BUSN6004

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Alexander Maxwell-Cole checkmark-circle


In today's rapidly changing business world, understanding employee performance management is vital to adapt to new challenges globally. Getting the most out of employees and boosting productivity through a resilient and motivated workforce is how businesses not only survive but thrive. You’ll learn how to do this through evaluating and applying various models for performance management and developing a critical understanding of people management processes to improve both employee and organisational performance. This puts you in the position to jump into a successful and exciting management career where you can get the best out of your workforce and make a real impact in business.


Contact hours

Lectures/seminars: 21 hours
Private study: 129 hours

Method of assessment

100% coursework:
Group presentation (20%)
Individual reflective report - 500 words (10%)
Individual essay - 3000 words (70%)

Indicative reading

Aguinis H (2008) Performance Management, 2nd Ed., New Jersey, USA: Prentice Hall,
Armstrong, M & Baron, A. (2005) Managing Performance: Performance Management in Action, London: CIPD
Bach, S (ed.) (2005), Managing Human Resources, 4th Ed., Oxford: Blackwell
Houldsworth, E & Dilum, J (2007), Managing and Measuring Employee Performance, London: Kogan Page
Leopold, J & Harris, L (2009). The Strategic Managing of Human Resources, London: Pearson
Perkins, S. J., White, G., & Jones, S. (2016). Reward Management: Alternatives, Consequences and Context. 3rd Edn. London: CIPD.
Shields, J., et al. (2015). Managing Employee Performance and Reward: Concepts, Practices, Strategies. 2nd Edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Taylor, S (2008), People Resourcing, 4th Ed, London: CIPD
Thorpe, R and Holloway, J.U. (eds), (2008), Performance Management: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives, New York: Palgrave MacMillan
Varma, A et al, (2008), Performance Management Systems: A Global Perspective, Abingdon: Routledge
Watkins, R and Leigh, D (2010), Handbook of improving Performance in the Workplace, Volumes 1-3, San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 evaluate frameworks and models relevant to performance management
2 critique performance management processes
3 critically analyse a range of approaches to obtain effective employee and organisational performance
4 analyse strategies for managing problems of employee under-performance

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 demonstrate confidence in identifying and defining complex problems
2 engage effectively in both oral and written communication activities
3 effectively work independently and within groups
4 select and manage information using appropriate research skills
5 demonstrate critical thinking through reflection


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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