HRM325 Assessment Brief October 2019

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   Assessment Brief   – Stage 3 - Undergraduate   Module Code: HRM325 Module Title: Strategic Human Resource Management Distributed on: Hand in Date: 4 th  October 2019  Assignment: First Sit 2019-2020 Location On and Off-Campus Introduction to Task: You have been commissioned by the University of Sunderland to write a 3500 word academic paper on the topic of Strategic Management of Human Resources, (SHRM). You will research ANY organisation operating at a National or Transnational level from the Private, Public or Not-for-Profit sector. You will conduct a broad overarching critical assessment  of that organisation’s Strategic Human Resource Management, (SHRM), analysing that organisation’s approach  to managing it’s human resources strategically. Whilst conducting your critical assessment, of your chosen organisation, you will identify a nd  analyse  any two HRM practices , from those practices experienced throughout the HRM 325 module, which you have judged to be in need of improvement. You will describe and explain  why you feel that these HRM practices need improvement before then offering your recommendations  for improvement. Guidance Consult with your tutor if you are uncertain about any aspect of the assignment. Instructions on Assessment: You will need to research appropriate authoritative and reliable academic literature and make use of both lecture and seminar input. Use examples and in particular any organisational comparisons that may be appropriate.  Always reference your work using the correct conventions.  All of your work will be supported with authoritative and reliable academic sources throughout!   Assessment Brief   – Stage 3 - Undergraduate   Presentation and Word limits for assignments The presentation for this assignment will be: ã   Front Sheet. (Provided). ã   Contents page. ã   Executive Summary. ã   Introduction. ã   Main body. ã   Conclusion. ã    Appendices, if needed. ã   Reference List. The word count is to be declared on the front page of your assignment. The word count does not include: ã   Front Sheet, (provided). ã   Contents page ã   Executive Summary. ã   Reference List ã    Appendices ã    Appropriate tables, figures and illustrations Please note, in text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)] and direct secondary quotations [e.g. “ dib-dab nonsense analysis ” (Smith, 2011 p.123)] are INCLUDED in the word count . Summarising and compressing the information in your assignment into the word limit is one of the skills that students are expected to acquire, and demonstrate as part of the assignment process. Submission of Assessment:  A single electronic document containing all reports and other documentation (i.e. explanations, output reports and page images of graphic tools etc. pertaining to all tasks). Font size should be at least 11, and 1 ½ line spacing should be used. The word count is 3500 words [+/- 10%] not including any appendices . The document should be properly structured with a table of contents, reference list (online and literature sources) and appendices (where necessary). Produce clear and specific reasoning to justify answers. Work containing viruses, or work that cannot be opened, will result in a fail grade being awarded for this assessment. It is advisable to retain a copy of your assignment for you own records. Your mark and feedback will be made available to you electronically once the internal moderation process has taken place, you should note that at this stage marks are still subject to external examiner and academic board approval.   Assessment Brief   – Stage 3 - Undergraduate   Students are required to submit their coursework through JIRA. Only assessments submitted through JIRA will be marked. Any other submission including submission to your study centre in hard copy will be treated as a non-submission. Referencing your work In this institution the Harvard method of referencing is used. The Harvard method of referring to publications and of arranging references uses the author's name and the date of the publication. References are listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order by author's name. The general format of a  journal reference is shown below: Smith, J. (1999) How to succeed! Journal of Entrepreneurs , 1(2), p. 34-56  Author’s name and initials are listed first, followed by year of publication in brackets. Then there is the title of article and the journal where article appears, which is underlined or in italics. Finally, state the volume and issue Number (in brackets) along with the pages where article can be located.  A short guide to Harvard referencing will also be available on the Sunspace site under the module assessment navigation button.  Academic Integrity and Misconduct: Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE  ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE (a full bibliography and/or a list of references must be submitted as prescribed in the assessment brief). Please note that this is intended to be an individual piece of work. Action will be taken where a student is suspected of having cheated or engaged in any dishonest practice. Students are referred to the University regulations on plagiarism and other forms of academic irregularity. Students must not copy or collude with one another or present any information that they themselves have not generated. For further information on academic integrity and misconduct see    Assessment Brief   – Stage 3 - Undergraduate  HRM325 Specific Assessment Criteria HRM325-Strategic HRM Criteria Referred (0-19) Referred (20-39) 3rd (40-49) 2:2 (50-59) 2:1 (60-69) 1st (70-79) 1st (80-100)  Awareness of Topical Issues Critically identifies strategic HRM issues, prioritises these and applies topic specific concepts in a critical manner. No evidence of research or reading. Very little, inadequate research and reading Some evidence of appropriate research and reading, but lacks academic argument. Little evidence of preparation and heavy reliance on few sources. Good evidence of appropriate research and reading giving a well-balanced overview. Shows a good knowledge and understanding of the subject. Evidence of some research beyond core material. Very good evidence of appropriate research and reading giving a well-balanced overview Shows very good awareness and an ability to discuss key points in a critical way. Excellent evidence of appropriate research and reading giving an insightful and well-balanced overview Shows an excellent awareness of the subject and an ability to discuss key points in a critical and insightful way Outstanding evidence of appropriate research and reading giving an insightful and well-balanced overview Shows an outstanding awareness of the subject and an ability to discuss key points in a critical and insightful way  Analysis and Evaluation Systematic interrogation of the theoretical models of SHRM.   Extracts essential elements of HRM practice for discussion and relates to the wider contexts, model and perspectives in relation to strategic Human Resource Management. Wholly descriptive with many key omissions. Wholly descriptive and failing to mention key points. Engages with key issues but in a descriptive way Predominantly descriptive but some evidence of analytical thought Some key points and arguments considered but not fully developed Predominantly analytical with good links to research publications and development of a coherent academic discussion. Evidence of an appreciation of conflicting points of view  Analytical and comparative with substantive links to research publications and development of an excellent academic discussion. Critical appreciation of conflicting points of view and how they relate to each other Outstanding analytical and comparative work with substantive links to research publications and excellent academic discussion of these. Outstanding critical appreciation of conflicting points of view and how they relate to each other
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