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.


  • 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 outline

  • 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.

Additional requirements

Print, self-paced students will need access to a computer to view their assignment files on a USB.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

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

An Open Learning Faculty member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment’s “Mail” tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.

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