psy320 | undergraduate

Human Motivation

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This course seeks to synthesize the many theories of human motivation with the practical application of motivating employees.  To this end, the course will examine historical theories as well as recent developments in the field of motivation and their relationship to management practices.  The primary concepts of goals, quality of work, and rewards will be examined and applied to the workplace.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Interface of Motivation Theory and Productivity

    • Assess the impact of various motivational theories on both managers and employees.
    • Describe how motivation affects productivity in the workplace.
    • Apply the impact of various motivational theories across workplace situations.

    Intrinsic Motivation and Quality of Work

    • Explore the nature of intrinsic motivation.
    • Contrast intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
    • Describe how the concepts of quality of work, self-management, and a sense of choice impact motivation.

    Historical Background of Motivational Psychology

    • Describe key concepts from the major historical theories of motivation.
    • Identify the need for new models of motivation in today's changing workplace.

    Reward Systems

    • Identify human needs and their relationship to motivation.
    • Calculate the appropriateness of different reward systems on employee motivation.
    • Explore the relationship between employee needs and effective rewards.

    Goal Theory and Goal-Setting

    • Examine the underlying principles and concepts of goal theory.
    • Explore the applications of goal-setting in the workplace.
    • Assess the impact of goal-setting on employee motivation.

    Applying Motivational Principles

    • Synthesize motivational theory into practical business applications.
    • Evaluate the relationship of motivation theory to the discipline of management.
    • Integrate additional factors that can affect motivation, including leadership, trust, corporate culture, interpersonal skills, and the impact on customer satisfaction.
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