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Course Description

Performance Appraisal Essentials is an in-depth study of various performance appraisal methods, benefits and challenges of various methodology, and alternatives to performance appraisals.  Whether you are a CEO, a middle manager, or an entry level staff member, this course will help explain the appraisal process, help you determine what type of appraisals to conduct, how to prepare for your own appraisal, and more. 
From judgment evaluations to 360° appraisals to appraisal alternatives such as development of organizational commitment, everything you need to know about performance appraisals is covered in this course.  It also addresses non-traditional employees, cultural issues, legal concerns, and more.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Performance Appraisal Overview

Lesson 2: Potential Benefits and Problems of Performance Appraisals

Lesson 3: Who, When, Where, and How?

Lesson 4: Traditional Judgment Evaluations

Lesson 5: Peer and Self Evaluations

Lesson 6: Traditional Performance Appraisals Alternatives

Lesson 7: Performance Appraisals in Non-Traditional Work Settings

Lesson 8: Legal, Career, and Cultural Implications of Performance Appraisals

Lesson 9: Preparing for Performance Appraisals

Lesson 10: Alternatives to Performance Appraisals

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class .

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a performance appraisal is
  • Know potential benefits and problems of performance appraisals.
  • Describe traditional judgmental evaluations.
  • Describe peer and self-evaluations.
  • Describe traditional performance appraisals alternatives.
  • Describe performance appraisals in non-traditional work settings.
  • Describe legal, career, and cultural implications of performance appraisals.
  • Prepare for performance appraisals.
  • Identify alternatives to performance appraisals, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment2
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Assignment2
Lesson 5 Exam8
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment2
Lesson 7 Exam8
Lesson 8 Exam9
Lesson 9 Assignment2
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam7
The Final Exam50
Total Points:151

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