PY3MPO-Motivation and Performance in Organisations

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PY2PS2 Personality and Social Psychology 2 or PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Amanda Branson


Type of module:

Summary module description:
PY3MPO: Motivation and Performance in Organisations

The aims of this module are: to give students an understanding of the concepts and approaches used in the measurement of motivation and performance in work settings; to explore the major theories of motivation and interventions designed to affect motivation at work; also to develop an understanding of the relationship between motivation and performance in the workplace.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be able to
1.Appraise key theoretical explanations for motivation at work, with critical reference to the literature
2. Critically evaluate factors affecting motivation and performance in the workplace

Additional outcomes:

  1. Analytical skills: sourcing relevant information, evaluating, critiquing, decision making, problem solving

  2. Communication skills: verbal and written

  3. Organisational skills: planning, prioritising, storing & using information 

Outline content:

This module comprises seven two hour seminars. The module will introduce you to different theories explaining factors that drive individuals to behave in certain ways at work and what stimulates and maintains such behaviours. The module starts with a general overview of the concepts of motivation at work, performance and the relationship between these variables, and goes on to critically examine well-established motivation theories and issues faced in the measurement of both motivation and performance. Evidence about some key interventions designed to enhance motivation and performance, such as the role of job design and pay will be explored.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will use a combination of lectures, interactive activities, and both small and large group discussion to explore motivation and performance within the context of work. A team based learning approach will be applied at intervals across the course, requiring students to undertake reading in advance of the seminar, and engagement with team-based discussion and problem solving activities.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 14 1
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 99.00 1.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Written assignment including essay 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:
1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed through coursework (a written report - 25%) and a final exam (75%). The 1.5-hour Summer Exam will require students to answer 1 essay question on topics covered in the module. Coursework will comprise a 2000-word essay.

Formative assessment methods:
Students have the opportunity to provide the module convenor with up to two essay plans for comment and feedback in preparation for the exam.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resit examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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