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Thompson Rivers University

MNGT 2131: Motivation and Productivity

Students explore the supervisory aspects of management, with a specific focus on effectively motivating employees as a means of increasing productivity. Topics include motivational obstacles and their causes; job design; leadership; goal setting and management by objectives; rewards; and supervisory communications.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

  • 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.


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

Assignment 1: Motivational Problems 8%
Assignment 2: Job Design 8%
Assignment 3: Leadership 8%
Assignment 4: Goal Setting 8%
Assignment 5: Rewards 8%
Assignment 6: Communications 10%
Final Project * 50%
Total 100%

* Mandatory

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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