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Course Description

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This course focuses on how organizations attract, retain, and motivate employees through formal and informal reward mechanisms. Topics include: developing pay structures, job analysis, job evaluation, pay systems, pay system administration, equity issues, and benefits.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Conduct a job evaluation and develop a pay structure;

  2. Evaluate an organization’s compensation system and provide recommendations for improvement;

  3. Justify the use of a job analysis as a foundation for a pay system;

  4. Apply equity principles and motivation theories to design effective compensation and benefit system;

  5. Analyze performance evaluation and compensation systems and provide recommendations to ensure effective performance management of employees;

  6. Describe the importance of internal alignment between the compensation system and the strategy of the organization;

  7. Explain the importance of external competitiveness and its effect on an organization's pay system;

  8. Describe the importance of establishing a pay system that is both perceived as procedurally just and is legally defensible;

  9. Apply theories and concepts to real-world scenarios, including media reports and workplace situations.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Strategic Compensation Systems
  • Internal Alignment: Determining the Structure
  • Job Evaluation
  • Person-Based Pay Structures
  • External Competitiveness: Determining the Pay Level
  • Employee Benefits as Compensation
  • Pay for Performance
  • The Role of Government & Unions in Compensation
  • Budgets & Administration
  • Unique Compensation Dynamics: Executives and Gig workers
  • Contextual Understandings of Compensation
  • The Future of Compensation

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1 of BUS*3000, HROB*2100, HROB*2290, HROB*3000, PSYC*3070

Equate(s): BUS*3010, PSYC*3010

Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Some restrictions may apply during some time periods. Please contact the department for more information.


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Unit Quizzes (10 @ 2%) 20% 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 
Online Seminars (6 @ 8%) 48% 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Compensation Essay (Outline 2%, Essay 30%) 32% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9


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