Module Code: H8CIRM
Long Title Contemporary Issues in Reward Management
Title Contemporary Issues in Reward Management
Module Level: LEVEL 8
EQF Level: 6
EHEA Level: First Cycle
Credits: 5
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Module Author: Administrator Account
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 LO1. Develop approaches to reward management that can be adopted and contribute to organizational effectiveness
LO2 LO2. Understand how reward management can be impacted by the external markets and competitive environment
LO3 LO3. Carry out basic role analysis and draw on benchmarking and other factors affecting pay to advise on appropriate reward systems and remuneration packages
LO4 LO4. Understand the various elements of remuneration packages including basic pay and pay at risk e.g. bonuses, commissions
LO5 LO5. Develop a knowledge of the basic terminology and elements involved in pension schemes
LO6 LO6. Have the ability to research, develop, write and present a project on a reward management issue
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

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Co-requisite Modules
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Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Competitive Environment
Impact on Reward Management Economic Impact on Reward Ethics in Reward Management
Engagement and Organizational Commitment
Role of Reward in The Psychological Contract
Job Evaluation Schemes
Role Analysis Equal Pay Developing Grade and Pay Structures
Performance Management and Reward
Organisational Performance Linked to Pay and Balanced Scorecards Reward and Competency Frameworks
Reward Management for Special Groups
Reward for Directors and Senior Managers International Reward Rewarding Sales Staff or other groups with higher pay at risk Benefits Packages e.g. Profit Share Schemes
Introduction to Pension Scheme
Private Pension Scheme and State Pensions Income Tiers and Pensions Calculating Pensions and Pensionable Pay Additional Voluntary Contributions Trust Deeds Pensions and Taxation Types of Pensions Defined Benefit Schemes Defined Contribution Schemes PRSA’s
Teaching methodology
The learning strategy involves the use of lectures, tutorials, case studies and class discussions as appropriate. Students will also have access to web based support.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Assessment60.00%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Essay % of total: 40
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 2,3,4,5,6
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Students will be given an essay based project that requires them to analyse an organisation’s reward structure and the environment they work in with a view to making recommendations on the appropriate reward structure for a Special Group within the organisation. Students will be given a case study to base their analysis on. The essay required length will be 1,500 words. The project will be graded according to clarity, structure, with reference to materials covered, theories and research in the field
End of Module Assessment
Assessment Type: Terminal Exam % of total: 60
Assessment Date: End-of-Semester Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
End-of-Semester Final Examination
No Workplace Assessment

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2 Every Week 2.00
Seminars No Description 1 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning No Description 7.5 Every Week 7.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • ARMSTRONG,M.,2007 A Handbook of Employee Reward Management and Practice, 2nd Edition, Kogan Page. na.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • PERKINS, S., WHITE, G., 2008 Employee Reward, Alternatives, Consequences and Context, CIPD. na.
  • BEARDWELL J., CLAYDON T., 2007 Human Resource Management, Prentice Hall. na.
  • GUNNIGLE P., HERATY N. MORLEY M., 2006 Human Resource Management in Ireland 3rd Edition, Gill & MacMillan. na.
  • ARMSTRONG, M., BROWN, D., 2006 Strategic Reward Making it Happen , Kogan Page. na.
  • KENNY P., 2004 Understanding Pensions, The Friendly Guide to Pensions 2nd Edition, Dept. of Social and Family Affairs. na.
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