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Human Motivation




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Course level: Undergraduate

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.



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Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Define motivation.
  • Analyze how motivation is expressed by employees.
  • Describe how motivation affects productivity in the workplace.
  • Apply the effects of motivational theory across workplace situations.

Week 2

  • Contrast various types of needs, explaining how they affect workplace behavior.
  • Identify how incentives, consequences, and rewards for behavior can affect workplace attitudes.
  • Assess acquired needs such as achievement, affiliation, and power, as well as how they affect workplace performance.

Week 3

  • Evaluate how plans of action, goal setting, goal striving, and the factors that lead to goal disengagement affect the workplace.
  • Explain how self-efficacy, mastery beliefs, and learned helplessness affect employees.
  • Apply goal setting in the workplace.
  • Assess the effects of goal setting on employee motivation.

Week 4

  • Describe the basic and complex emotions humans experience and the role they play in people’s lives.
  • Analyze the key biological and cognitive factors that affect emotion and how they influence worker productivity.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of theories on emotion in explaining various behaviors in the workplace.

Week 5

  • Explain the positive psychology approaches.
  • Discuss four state-of-the-art interventions.
  • Synthesize motivational theory into practical business applications.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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