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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Employee Performance and Accounting
Module Code HR565
School DCUBS

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Brian HarneyOffice NumberQ117
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to provide an understanding of how employee performance policies can be aligned with reward systems to enhance the strategies, structures and policies of the organisation. This module will help students to understand the spectrum of reward techniques available to organisations and the linkages between reward and strategic objectives. Students will explore the role of external advice in shaping reward policy, the evolving role of line managers in enacting policy while critically examining assumptions underpinning interventions. The module will be delivered through a series of lectures involving organisational case studies, debates and online examples.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the key reward strategies available to organizations
2. Discuss how reward can facilitate organisations in achieving their key objectives
3. Critically evaluate the assumptions underpinning reward interventions
4. Assess the merits and limitations of various reward techniques
5. Apply key concepts to analyse case study evidence

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Overview of models and theory
Independent Study12Case Preparation
Assignment Completion24Preparation- research, article reading, write up
Total Workload: 60

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Overview of the role of employee performance in success. The alignment of performance to organisational strategy

Models and Assumptions
Review of the key frameworks used to manage employee reward including a critical review of their underlying assumptions

Tools and Techniques
Examination of key structures and processes that organisations can put in place to manage performance including job analysis, job grading and mechanisms for performance appraisal (from individual to 360 degree feedback)

Employee Performance in Practice
Application of key concepts to review the approaches taken by various organisations. This will involve case analysis and real-time scenarios, with a particular focus on the banking sector.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Armstrong, M. and Brown D.: 2001, New Dimensions in Pay Management, CIPD,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDHRMGrad Dip in Human Resource Management
MHRMMasters in Human Resource Management