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MGT8030 Performance Management and People Development

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Perform Manage't & People Dev
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080303 - Human Resource Management
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kim Southey

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

The course leader will use the Study Desk forums to make announcements about the course. Students are required to actively monitor course discussion forums on the Study Desk on a regular [minimum twice weekly] basis and contribute appropriately.


Organisations are complex systems made up of people and other resources. In order to deliver products, services and other outcomes that satisfy the needs of society, a tremendous amount of work has to be done in and through these organisations. Work and the work performance of the people employed to do the work therefore form the cornerstone of employment relationships.


It is the responsibility of managers and leaders of organisations to ensure the full potential and talent locked up in the organisation's human resources are utilised and developed. It is only through skills and competencies enhancement that organisations are able to compete, survive and be successful in an increasingly volatile and uncertain business environment. This requires a professional approach to the management of work performance and to the continuous development of staff. Through a strategic approach to performance management and people development organisations not only develop people, but the organisation as a whole. The underlying philosophy is therefore that through effective performance management and the concomitant development of human resources, organisations are more able to compete and be successful in a sustainable way. This course deals with issues that relate to how the strategic performance targets of organisations can be supported and achieved through managing the performance of staff and the continuous development of employees as individuals as well as groups. The main focus is on learning experiences and interventions that are intended to change and improve the behaviour and performance of the members of organisations in order to bring about improved organisational performance and personal growth.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. design performance management and people development systems that have relevance in a global business context
  2. demonstrate advanced level academic and professional literacy skills by understanding and applying the theory and concepts of performance planning, management, monitoring, review and reward
  3. critically discuss sustainable strategic performance management and people development issues
  4. assess the changing nature of work and its impact on individual's performance and sustainable development within organisations
  5. apply appropriate theories and principles to coaching, mentoring and career development for enhanced performance
  6. demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by finding appropriate sources and adhering to norms of academic integrity
  7. demonstrate written communication skills by preparing and submitting a professional standard paper to fulfil the requirements of the major assignment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Laying the foundations for performance management and people development 10.00
2. Planning for performance 10.00
3. Monitoring, reviewing, managing and rewarding performance 35.00
4. People development and training essentials for improved performance 30.00
5. Coaching, mentoring and career development for enhanced performance. 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Saks, AM & Haccoun, RR 2016, Managing performance through training and development, 7th edn, Nelson Education, Toronto, Canada.
Please note: This text is available in hard copy and electronic copy. This course has an open-book exam the permits access to printed material. Students may wish to take this exam condition into consideration when deciding whether to purchase/access either the hard copy or the electronic copy.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Delahaye, BL 2011, Human resource development: managing learning and knowledge capital, 3rd edn, Tilde University Press, Prahan, Victoria.
Nankervis, AR, Compton, RL, Baird, M & Coffey, J 2017, Human resource management: strategy and practice, 9th Asia-Pacific edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria.
Noe, RA 2016, Employee training and development, 7th edn, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York.
Tovey, MD, Uren, ML & Sheldon, NE 2010, Managing performance improvement, 3rd edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.
Werner, JM & DeSimone, RL 2012, Human resource development, 6th edn, Thompson South-Western, Mason, Ohio.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 105.00
Independent Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 5 5 20 Mar 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 45 30 Apr 2019
EXAMINATION 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This is an open book exam and you can take into the exam with you any printed or written material. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is an open book examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material during the Examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at