Melbourne MicroCert

Performance Management

Empower others to reach their goals.  

Study mode
4 weeks (42 hours) inclusive of guided learning, private study and assessment
Skills area
Managing Teams

Upcoming sessions

Upcoming dates for this course are yet to be announced.


Effective leaders know that getting the best out of their team means going beyond the annual performance review.

This Melbourne MicroCert will help you harness contemporary performance management techniques and principles, such as developing a coaching mindset. Drawing on your own experiences, you will critically evaluate your personal-professional practice and explore how best to motivate others to set and achieve goals.

In our innovative online learning environment, you will be guided by expert instructors drawn from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics who will impart actionable skills that you can apply immediately to your own professional context.

This Melbourne MicroCert is part of our Managing Teams series, which features industry-aligned and research-led curriculum that will equip you with leadership skills applicable to challenges and opportunities unique to the Asia-Pacific region.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for a diverse range of professionals aiming to develop leadership capabilities and knowledge. This includes emerging leaders and those seeking to develop their leadership skills to match their technical expertise, with the aim of advancing into more senior positions.

It is suitable for professionals from a broad range of sectors, including business services, manufacturing, health, NGOs, education, hospitality and aviation.

Key topics

Throughout Performance Management, you will explore two key topics:

  • Goal setting – in particular, how to set realistic but challenging goals that allow leaders to get the best out of themselves and others
  • Developing a coaching mindset – in particular, how to develop communication skills, interpersonal skills, and high levels of emotional intelligence.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will be able to:

  • Explore the different ways in which employees are motivated, including the benefits and consequences of goal setting
  • Generate actionable strategies to giving, and receiving, constructive feedback
  • Apply major theories and models that help plan and enable the action of others, including the notion of effective coaching principles, and approaches to supporting others to achieve goals.

Learning experience

Taught by leading experts, this highly flexible Melbourne MicroCert is delivered in an innovative, fully online learning environment. You will participate in digital webinars and facilitated group discussions, as well as explore relevant case studies and scenarios, contemporary readings and resources, and hands-on workplace interventions and takeaways.

Who will you learn from?

You will learn from Professor Graham Sewell, a professor of management in the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business & Economics. Graham’s research on performance management has appeared in elite journals such as the Academy of Management Review, the Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Management Studies. Since 1991, he has held senior academic positions at leading universities, including Manchester and Imperial College, London. Graham has also provided executive education and consulting for blue-chip companies including British Telecom, QANTAS, BHP, Medibank, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


This Melbourne MicroCert is taught over a four-week period with guided learning, private study (self-directed learning), including participation in discussion forums, assigned readings and completion of assessment tasks. During the teaching and learning period, you can expect to dedicate an estimated total of 34 – 42 hours comprising guided learning and individual or group-based experiential tasks and study. You will also have at least one Zoom meeting with your tutor.

Assessment includes:

  • In-module written assessment tasks (30%)
  • Discussion forum and webinar participation (10%)
  • A leadership development activity proposal (60%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Performance Management Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable leadership skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

Melbourne MicroCerts are designed in close consultation with industry partners and feature research-led, real-world insights.

Pathways to further study

Performance Management can be taken as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Managing Teams series, in whatever order you choose.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in the Managing Teams series include:

Performance Management is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the forthcoming Master of Professional Management.

To use Performance Management in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Managing Teams series, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit towards the forthcoming Master of Professional Management.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert does not have a set expiry date.

Eligibility requirements

There are no eligibility requirements.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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