FS1821: Performance Management Principles for Agri-Food Businesses

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 15, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 15hr(s) Workshops; 24hr(s) Other (worked examples); 21hr(s) Other (toolkits); 10hr(s) Other (role play case studies); 20hr(s) Other (self-reflection); 10hr(s) Other (classroom discussion)
Module Co-ordinator: Prof Alan Kelly, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Food Industry Training Unit, Guest speakers.
Module Objective: To explore the drivers for effective performance management including standards and targets, quality management, measuring and monitoring performance as well as resource management.
Module Content: Planning, managing and reviewing performance. Toolkit of performance assessments, including 360 Degree appraisal and feedback. Goal setting. Communication skills for managers and managing difficult conversations. Diagnosing poor performance, enhancing ability, skills and knowledge when this limits performance, root cause analysis, performance improvement plans.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify, agree and clarify team expectations.
  • Document and monitor performance of self and others.
  • Evaluate performance assessments.
  • Communicate expectations in a clear and transparent fashion.
  • Diagnose underperforming individuals and processes.
  • Take corrective action where needed.
  • Develop performance improvement plans both for individuals and groups.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (In-class assignment, 20 marks; Completion of role-play exercises, 20 marks; 1,500 word case study report, 40 marks; 1,000 reflective log, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Application project and reflective log.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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