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Thompson Rivers University

BBUS 4135: Motivation and Productivity

This course integrates theory and practice to examine the effect supervisory practices have on employee motivation. Up-to-date supervisory techniques are introduced. Skills learned in this course can be applied to organizations in either the public or private sector. Topics discussed include leadership, job design, goal-setting, management by objectives, rewards, and communications.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the causes of performance problems.
  • Understand how to assess the effectiveness of management practices in your organization.
  • Describe several current management techniques and practices in the areas of leadership, job design, goal setting and management by objectives, reward systems, communications and performance appraisal.

Course topics

  • Workbook 1: The Causes of Motivational Problems
  • Workbook 2: Job Design
  • Workbook 3: Leadership
  • Workbook 4: Goal Setting and Management by Objectives
  • Workbook 5: Rewards
  • Workbook 6: Supervisory Communications

Required text and materials

There is no required textbook for this course.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Assignment 1 8%
Assignment 2 8%
Assignment 3 8%
Assignment 4 8%
Assignment 5 8%
Assignment 6 10%
Final Examination (mandatory) 50%
TOTAL 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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