Human resource management

Module Code: HR9510
Module Title: Human Resource Management
Distributed on: Monday, 12th July
Submission Time and Date: Tuesday, 24th August, 1pm
Word Limit: A. Report – 2500 words   B. – 200 words per topic; 150 words per objective
Weighting This coursework accounts for 100% of the total mark for this module
Submission of Assessment Your assignment must be submitted electronically via Turnitin by the given deadline.  You will find a Turnitin link on the module’s eLP site.

 

It is your responsibility to ensure that your assignment is submitted before the submission deadline stated above.  See the University policy on late submission of work (the relevant extract is set out below).

 

 

General Information

 

Further information about general assessment criteria, ARNA regulations, referencing and plagiarism can be found on the e-Learning Portal (Blackboard) site for the module. Students are advised to read and follow this information.

 

Instructions on Assessment

 

This assessment accounts for 100% of your HR9510 module mark.  Choosing three of the ten topics covered on the module you are required to write a 2500 word report which demonstrates your theoretical understanding of the topics as well as your understanding of why this is important in organisations.  As an appendix to this report you are required to include a personal skills framework which demonstrates the skills you have developed throughout the module and your goals for future development.  Further information is provided below.

 

Part A: 2500 word report (75%)

 

Choosing three of the ten topics studied on the module you are required to submit a 2500 word report demonstrating your theoretical understanding of the topics as well as your understanding of why this is important in organisations.

 

Topic Choice

You have studied ten topics on the module.  You should choose three topics to focus on for this report.  Your choice of topics can be based on a range of factors including those which are linked most closely to your future employability goals; those which you have enjoyed studying; or those which you think are most important in today’s organisations.

 

Report Structure

The following is an indicative outline of the structure you should follow in your report:

 

 

  • Introduction – 150 words

A brief introduction outlining the purpose of your report and what you will be addressing in the main        body of your report.

  • Topic One – 700 words – Choose from Human Resource Management in Context; Strategic Human Resource Management; Recruitment and Selection; Learning and Development; Absence and Health Management; Total Reward; Performance Management; Employee Relations; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Future Challenges in Human Resource Management.
  • Topic Two (must be a different topic from that chosen above) – 700 words– Choose from Human Resource Management in Context; Strategic Human Resource Management; Recruitment and Selection; Learning and Development; Absence and Health Management; Total Reward; Performance Management; Employee Relations; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Future Challenges in Human Resource Management.
  • Topic Three (must be a different topic from those chosen above)- 700 words – Choose from Human Resource Management in Context; Strategic Human Resource Management; Recruitment and Selection; Learning and Development; Absence and Health Management; Total Reward; Performance Management; Employee Relations; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Future Challenges in Human Resource Management.

 

  • Conclusion – 250 words

A brief conclusion that summarises the key points you have covered in your report and introduces           the personal skills framework that you will attach as an appendix.

 

For each of the three topics you choose you should

 

  • Reflect on why this is important in organisations drawing on recent organisational and practitioner’s challenges and developments;
  • Demonstrate your comprehensive academic understanding of the topic by drawing on academic texts from your wider reading (both theoretical and empirical contributions); and
  • Building on this understanding you should discuss how organisations can improve their practice.

 

 

Part B: Personal skills framework (25%)

 

This section of the assessment requires you to complete a personal skills framework and attach as an appendix to your report (the template is available for download from Blackboard under ‘Assessment’ and is included as appendix 1 to this brief).

 

For each of the ten topics covered on the module you are required to reflect on the following two questions and record your reflections in the template.  This template should be completed on a weekly basis after you have engaged with your self-study documents and virtual seminar or after delivery of the face to face seminar.  There is a word limit of 200 words for each topic which should be followed but the +10% limit will only be applied to the whole framework not to each topic.

 

  1. What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop in each topic?
  • Make a note of what you learned about the topic. This may be from the pre-recorded lectures; self-study documents; virtual or face to face seminars; wider reading or independent study.  Depending on your mode of study, you should include your personal knowledge and skill gains from your self-study tasks as well as discussions and feedback from the virtual or face to face seminars as evidence of engagement, attendance and personal reflection.

 

  1. How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career plans?
  • Consider what you noted for question 1 and how this relates to your future career plans. For example if you are planning a career as a manager in retail how has what you have learned in the area of performance management going to be useful for you?

 

At the end of the personal skills framework there is an objective setting section where you are required to set three objectives develop further based on your learning on the module.  Remember that these objectives should be Specific; Measurable; Attainable; Realistic; and Time-bound.  There is a word limit of 150 words for each objective.

 

Please note that you are not required to include academic references in your personal skills framework.

 

 

Mapping to Programme Goals and Objectives

 

This assessment will contribute directly to the following undergraduate goals and objectives:

 

  1. Knowledgeable about the theory and practice of international business management

 

  1. Skilful in the use of professional and managerial techniques and processes

 

  1. Aware of ethical issues impacting on business and professional practice

 

  1. Employable as graduates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module Specific Assessment Criteria and Rubric

HR9510: Human Resource Management Assessment Marking Criteria

 

Performance Area Does Not Meet Standards Meets Standards Exceeds Standards
0-29% 30-39% 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70-79% 80-100%
(A) – 2500 word report

 

75%

Completely Insufficient: Report not submitted OR work giving evidence of serious academic misconduct (subject to regulations in ARNA Appendix 1) OR work showing no evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to level 5.

 

Insufficient report with a large number of spelling and grammatical errors throughout making the report difficult to follow.

 

Referencing is inadequate and/or minimal.

 

Report does not follow the indicative outline recommended in the assessment brief and the introduction and/or conclusion are missing or inadequate.

 

One or more of the topics are missing.

 

Topic choice is missing and/or vague.

 

There are limited academic texts included in the report and academic understanding of the topics is not clear.

 

The report largely focuses on a description of the seminar activities in each topic rather than demonstrating academic understanding.

 

Organisational issues have not been considered, or are considered very briefly with limited sources.

 

Personal skills framework is not introduced in the conclusion of the report.

Adequate report however the presentation could be improved and there are numerous spelling and grammatical errors.

 

Referencing is adequate though there are some issues with referencing protocols.

 

Report lacks structure with a vague introduction.

 

All three topics are included. Explanation for the choice of topics is vague.

 

The choice of academic texts could be improved, for example dates and sources.  There is an over-reliance on a small number of sources, for example the core text book or lecture materials, and the discussion is mainly descriptive.

 

There are examples of discussing the seminar activities in each topic rather than demonstrating academic understanding.

 

Organisational issues have not been considered in detail for all three topics and there are limited sources to demonstrate this.

 

Conclusion is included however this lacks specificity and the personal skills framework is only briefly referenced.

Good report which is well presented with a few spelling or grammatical errors.

 

Adequate referencing which mainly follows referencing protocols.

 

Introduction adequately outlines the purpose of the report.

 

All three topics are included, with a good explanation for the choice of all three topics.

 

Appropriate choice of academic texts   and integration of appropriate theoretical explanations and empirical findings to demonstrate academic understanding though these are restricted to the digital reading list and are used largely in a descriptive manner.

 

Adequate selection of sources to demonstrate organisational impact for all three topics though further detail is required.

 

Good conclusion which summaries the key points made in the report and introduces the personal skills framework.

Very good report presented to a high standard with only minor spelling or grammatical errors.

 

Good referencing which follows referencing protocols.

 

Introduction adequately outlines the purpose of the report and a good attempt has been made at signposting the content included.

 

All three topics are included, and a very good explanation for the choice of topics is provided.

 

Appropriate choice of academic texts and integration of appropriate theoretical explanations and empirical findings linked to the main body of the report to demonstrate academic understanding.

 

Some evidence of wider reading outside of the digital reading list.

 

Good selection of sources to demonstrate organisational impact, for example news articles, and these are discussed in detail.

 

Very good conclusion which summarises the key points made in the report and links these to today’s organisations.  Personal skills framework is introduced and explained.

Excellent report presented to a very high standard with links between the sections and only minor spelling or grammatical errors.

 

Excellent referencing which follows referencing protocols.

 

Excellent introduction which outlines the purpose of the report, signposts the content included and justifies the choice of sources used in the body of the report.

 

All three topics are included, and an excellent explanation for the choice of topics is provided with links made between the topics.

 

Very good choice of academic texts and integration of appropriate theoretical explanations and empirical findings linked to the main body of the report and critically considered in light of the topics selected to demonstrate academic understanding.

 

Good evidence of wider reading outside of the digital reading list.

 

Very good selection of sources to demonstrate organisational impact, for example news articles, and these are discussed in detail and linked back to the academic discussion.

 

Excellent conclusion which brings together the three topics covered and links these to today’s organisations.  Personal skills framework introduced and explained.

Outstanding report presented to a professional standard with links between the sections and no spelling or grammatical errors.

 

Excellent referencing which follows referencing protocols.

 

Excellent introduction which outlines the purpose of the report, explains the content included and justifies the choice of sources used in the body of the report.

 

All three topics are included, and an excellent explanation for the choice of topics is provided with links made between the topics demonstrating wider engagement with the module.

 

Wide range of academic texts and appropriate theoretical explanations and empirical findings linked to the main body of the report and critically considered in light of the topics selected to demonstrate academic understanding.

Extensive evidence of wider reading outside of the digital reading list.

 

Excellent selection of sources to demonstrate organisational impact, for example news articles, and these are discussed critically and linked back to the academic discussion.

 

Excellent conclusion which brings together the three topics covered and links these to the future challenges in today’s organisations.

Personal skills framework introduced and explained and linked to the topics covered in the report.

 

Outcome – A 0-22   22.5-29.5   30-37   37.5-44.5   45-52   52.5-59.5   60-75  

 

 

 

(B) – Personal skills framework

 

25%

Completely Insufficient: Personal skills framework not submitted OR work giving evidence of serious academic misconduct (subject to regulations in ARNA Appendix 1) OR work showing no evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to level 5.

 

Insufficient personal skills framework.

 

Framework is not completed in full with topics missing or answers to the two questions missing.

 

No evidence of engagement with self-study documents or attendance of virtual or face to face seminars (depending on the mode of study).

 

No links are made between the topic areas and future career plans.

 

Objectives are vague with little or no consideration given to how they will be achieved.

Adequate personal skills framework.

 

Framework is completed in full although answers are brief and/or descriptive.

 

Little evidence of engagement with self-study documents or attendance of virtual or face to face seminars (depending on the mode of study).

 

Consideration of skills and knowledge developed but this is mainly descriptive with limited links to future career goals.

 

Objectives have been considered but they are vague and require more detail.

 

 

Good personal skills framework.

 

Framework is completed in full.

Some evidence of engagement with self-study documents or attendance of virtual or face to face seminars (depending on the mode of study), however this is descriptive and not included in all topic areas.

 

Consideration of skills and knowledge developed in most topic areas with links made to future career goals.

 

Objectives included with some detail on how they will be achieved.

Very good personal skills framework.

 

Framework is completed in full Good evidence of engagement with self-study documents or attendance of virtual or face to face seminars (depending on the mode of study), which is reflected on and linked to future development goals, however this is lacking in some topic areas.

 

Very good reflection on both the skills and knowledge developed in all topic areas with explicit links made to future career goals.

 

Very good objectives including detail on how they will be achieved.

Excellent personal skills framework.

 

Framework is completed in full.  Good range of evidence of engagement with self-study documents or attendance of virtual or face to face seminars (depending on the mode of study), which is reflected on and linked to future development goals and included in all topic areas.

 

Excellent reflection on both the skills and knowledge developed in all topic areas with explicit links made to future career goals.

 

Excellent objectives which are SMART with links to future career goals.

Outstanding personal skills framework demonstrating in-depth personal reflection.

 

Framework is completed in full.  Wide range of evidence of engagement with self-study documents or attendance of virtual or face to face seminars (depending on the mode of study) across the whole module, which are reflected on and linked to future development goals.

 

Excellent reflection on both the skills and knowledge developed in all topic areas with explicit links made to future career goals and links made between the different topics.

 

Excellent objectives which are SMART with links to future career goals and detail on how progress will be assessed re-visited.

Outcome – B 0-7   7.5-9.5   10-12   12.5-14.5   15-17   17.5-19.5   20-25  

 

 

 

ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS

 

You are advised to read the guidance for students regarding assessment policies. They are available online here.

 

Submission of Assessment & Feedback

 

 

A Turnitin submission portal will be set up for you to submit an electronic copy of your HR9510 assessment via the eLP (Blackboard) and the submission date will be communicated to you by the faculty office and module tutor.   You are not required to submit a hard copy of your HR9510 assessment.

 

Summative Feedback– you will be provided with a mark and feedback on your assignment, which will include any actions to be taken to improve performance. This will be returned to you electronically, the faculty office will inform you of the date this will be made available to you.

 

Formative Feedback– all students should take note of the formative feedback provided during the seminars throughout the semester in order to feed this forward into their final summative assessment.

 

Late submission of work

 

 

Where coursework is submitted without approval, after the published hand-in deadline, the following penalties will apply.

 

For coursework submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval, 10% of the total marks available for the assessment (i.e.100%) shall be deducted from the assessment mark.

 

For clarity: a late piece of work that would have scored 65%, 55% or 45% had it been handed in on time will be awarded 55%, 45% or 35% respectively as 10% of the total available marks will have been deducted.

 

The Penalty does not apply to Pass/Fail Modules, i.e. there will be no penalty for late submission if assessments on Pass/Fail are submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline.

 

Coursework submitted more than 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval will be regarded as not having been completed. A mark of zero will be awarded for the assessment and the module will be failed, irrespective of the overall module mark.

 

For clarity: if the original hand-in time on working day A is 12noon the 24 hour late submission allowance will end at 12noon on working day B.

 

These provisions apply to all assessments, including those assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

 

Word limits and penalties

 

 

If the assignment is within +10% of the stated word limit no penalty will apply.

 

The word count is to be declared on the front page of your assignment and the assignment cover sheet.  The word count does not include:

 

·       Title and Contents page ·       Reference list ·       Appendices ·       Appropriate tables, figures and illustrations
·       Glossary ·       Bibliography ·       Quotes from interviews and focus groups.

 

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.

 

If this word count is falsified, students are reminded that under ARNA page 30 Section 3.4 this will be regarded as academic misconduct.

 

If the word limit of the full assignment exceeds the +10% limit, 10% of the mark provisionally awarded to the assignment will be deducted.  For example: if the assignment is worth 70 marks but is above the word limit by more than 10%, a penalty of 7 marks will be imposed, giving a final mark of 63.

 

Students must retain an electronic copy of this assignment (including ALL appendices) and it must be made available within 24hours of them requesting it be submitted.

 

Note:    For those assessments or partial assessments based on calculation, multiple choice etc., marks will be gained on an accumulative basis.  In these cases, marks allocated to each section will be made clear.

 

Academic Misconduct

 

 

The Assessment Regulations for Northumbria Awards (ARNA) contain the Regulations and procedures applying to cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct.

 

The full policy is available at: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/central/ar/qualitysupport/asspolicies/

 

You are reminded that plagiarism, collusion and other forms of academic misconduct as referred to in the Academic Misconduct procedure of the assessment regulations are taken very seriously by Newcastle Business School.  Assignments in which evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct is found may receive a mark of zero.

 

 

Appendix 1: Personal Skills Framework

 

Topic Reflection – Lecture; self-study documents; virtual or face to face seminar activity; wider reading; independent study
Target Role/Industry (This could be for placement or post-graduation):

 

1. Human Resource Management in Context  200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Strategic Human Resource Management 200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Recruitment and Selection 200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Learning and Development 200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Managing Absence and Health 200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Total Reward 200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Performance Management 200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Employee Relations 200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Future Challenges in Human Resource Management 200 word limit
What new knowledge did you gain and which skills did you develop?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this knowledge and/or skills relate to your future career goals?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective Setting – What would you like to develop further?
SMART Objective Number One 150 word limit
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMART Objective Number Two 150 word limit
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMART Objective Number Three 150 word limit
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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