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WORK6030: Performance and Rewards

This unit examines the processes and practices associated with contemporary performance and reward management. Results-based, behaviourally-based and competency-based methods of performance management are examined, along with processes of performance review, planning and developing. Coverage of reward management issues includes: job- and person-based approaches to building base pay structures; methods for rewarding individual performance; work group incentives such as gainsharing, goal-sharing and team pay; methods of rewarding employees for organisational performance, including employee share ownership; and performance-related rewards for executives. The unit also examines approaches to developing strategically integrated performance and reward management systems.


Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Unit code WORK6030
Unit name Performance and Rewards
Session, year
Semester 1b, 2021
Attendance mode Block mode
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Sunghoon Kim,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final Exam
Written exam
40% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 1
20% Week 04
Due date: 22 Apr 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 23 Apr 2021
800 words (indicative)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Assignment Assignment 2
30% Week 07
Due date: 16 May 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 17 May 2021
1500 words (indicative)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Participation Participation
Participation and contribution to class discussions and activities.
10% Weekly n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?
  • Assignment 1: This writing assignment is intended to develop and gauge your understanding of key concepts and practices of performance and reward management matters.
  • Assignment 2: This assessment involves writing an essay, demonstrating your critical thinking skills on key performance and reward management issues.
  • Participation: The mark awarded for this item will be based on your attendance, participation, and contribution to class discussion and learning activities throughout the semester.
  • Final Exam: Final exam will assess your knowledge and critical thinking skills on performance and/or reward management issues.

Detailed information for each assessment will be posted on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction. Theories of engagement Block teaching (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Performance appraisal Block teaching (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Performance review, employee development Block teaching (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Pay Structure Block teaching (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Pay for Performance Block teaching (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Reward management for special groups of employees Block teaching (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Pay administration Block teaching (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Contemporary Issues in Pay & Reward Management Block teaching (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Shields, J. (2020). 3rd Edition. Managing Employee Performance and Reward: Systems, Practices and Prospects: Cambridge University Press.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a detailed understanding of key concepts, methods and practices associated with managing individual and team performance, individual base pay, and individual and group performance-related rewards
  • LO2. identify and interrogate the psychological and normative assumptions underpinning different approaches to employee performance and reward practice
  • LO3. analyse the strengths and weaknesses of performance and reward system configuration in a variety of contexts, recommend and justify changes to practice directed to improving system effectiveness, and propose appropriate change management agendas
  • LO4. demonstrate an appreciation of the ethical and organisational worth of a pluralist/multi stakeholder approach to employee performance and reward management
  • LO5. research and write an applied case analysis and report to a high professional standard.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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