Module code: MANM359

Module Overview

Occupational, and work and organizational psychologists adopt a dual-focus on outcomes for people in organizations, emphasizing both performance and well-being and engagement at work. This module explores these two areas of focus and considers the measurement and management of performance, and how motivation theories explain performance variation. The module also looks at well-being at work, considering issues of workplace health and stress, employee engagement, satisfaction and commitment, and the role of emotion in all of these aspects.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Peformance modelling and measurement

  • Peformance management

  • Theories of motivation

  • Concepts of well-being at work

  • Employee engagement

  • Workplace stress and health

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework INDIVIDUAL ESSAY (3000 WORDS) 50

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Practical, technical, problem solving and planning skills relevant to managing performance and well-being at work.

Critical and conceptual perspectives on performance, motivation, well-being and psychological health at work.

Thus, the summative assessments for this module consists of:

  • A 3000-word critical essay in the areas of performance measurement, motivation or well-being at work.

  • A case-study report (3000-words) based on an analysis of the performance management needs of an organizational case, and proposal for intervention to manage performance and well-being effectively.


In writing on both assignments and verbal feedback from the module team based on case-study preparation.

Module aims

  • Introduce and provide frameworks of concepts and processes of performance measurement and management in organizations.
  • Develop students' critical analysis of theories and models of motivation and job design.
  • Develop students' critical analysis of concepts and research on employee engagement, satisfaction, commitment, and other markers of well-being.
  • Provide an integrative understanding of stress and health at work.
  • Provide an evidence-based and strategic appreciation of managing performance and well-being at work.
  • Enable students to develop practical transferable skills in analyzing performance management needs in an organization.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand models of job performance and techniques of performance measurement. KCP
2 Understand and evaluate frameworks of performance management. CP
3 Critically evaluate models and theories of motivation. KC
4 Critically evaluate concepts and models of well-being at work (including engagement, satisfaction and commitment). KC
5 Describe risk factors for stress at work, how they are managed, and critically evaluate theories of workplace stress. KCP
6 Identify performance management needs of an organization and propose evidence-based, strategic solutions to address those needs. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop a practical and critical theoretical perspective on performance, engagement and well-being

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Seminar-type small-group activities

  • Case study activity

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Occupational and Organizational Psychology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.