Coursework 1: HRM REPORT

This is an individual assignment and carries [70%] of the module mark. It covers the following learning outcomes for the module:

1.  Critically analyse the roles of HR department within an organisation

2.  Evaluate  methods  employed  by  HR  professional  in  resourcing  and managing its employees

Course learning objective assessed:

•   Critically evaluate current business and management theory and practice.

For this assignment you must search for a suitable organisation to investigate. You may do this through written material, like case studies presented in books or online, or carry out internet searches. Please remember that companies may only present positive aspects of their organisations on their web pages, so do not believe everything that you read. Once you have selected an organisation, you will need to carry out a search on it, by exploring any relevant reports on it, ideally evidence based, but also other relevant commentaries, like newspaper reports. You could also contact the company yourself! You will then have to consider how the content within the HRM module can be applied to various aspects of the areas that you need to cover.

Submission Date: Monday 6 December 2021 by 11.55pm (23:55)

Submission Hand in Arrangements: Students are required to submit their coursework assignment to Turnitin via the link on the module Moodle. Students are encouraged to submit drafts through the Turnitin student checkpoints prior to the submission deadline.

There are mark penalties for late hand in – see “Late Submission of Coursework” above. (Corruption of computer files is not an adequate excuse for late hand in, as work should be adequately backed up)

PLEASE NOTE that the deadline for submission is 11.55pm on the submission date – this means that your assessment must be fully uploaded by 11.55pm. Assessments uploaded at 11.55pm or later will be marked as late. Students should submit in advance of the final deadline wherever possible. Computer uploading delays and other IT difficulties  are  not accepted as extenuating circumstances.

If there is a problem with Moodle at the time of submission students should email their coursework to submissions@port.ac.uk with the following details:

Student Number

Module Name / Module number

Course name that you are studying

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Word Limit: 1.500 words excluding quotations, tables/figures and referencing list. The word count should be stated at the top of the document on the cover page. Failure to state a word count will result in a penalty of 5% of the original mark awarded. A falsely stated word-count is an assessment office, which may result in a penalty, including the reduction of the mark to 0%. Coursework that is over the stated word limit will result in a penalty of 10% of the original mark awarded. For the avoidance of doubt, the penalty will be applied to any work that exceeds the stated word limit of 1.500 words excluding quotations, tables/figures and referencing list. Students are NOT permitted to exceed the word limit by 10% or any other amount.

Referencing requirements: Students must reference all sources using the APA 6th Edition. Guidance on this method of referencing can be found at www.referencing.port.ac.uk. Reference should be made to the primary source, except when the primary source can no longer be obtained. Poor citation of sources will result in a loss of marks.

Referencing is required to give intellectual credit to your source, help your reader recover your source easily and to avoid being accused of plagiarism.

Students are reminded that the University will not tolerate academic dishonesty in any form. This is cheating.

Plagiarism: Students are reminded of the need to avoid plagiarism.  The University Regulations describe plagiarism as:

the incorporation by a student in work for assessment of material which is not their own, in the sense that all or a substantial part of the work has been copied without any adequate attempt at attribution, or has been incorporated as if it were the student’s own when in fact it is wholly or substantially the work of another person or persons.

Any student suspected of plagiarising will be referred for an Academic Misconduct Hearing.

Students should ensure that all sources are fully cited in the bibliography and that indentation or quotation marks (as appropriate) are used when quoting. Failure to include a bibliography will result in a 5% penalty, unless the lecturer/tutor has advised you that a bibliography is not required.

Formatting: The work should be word processed. Font size should be 12 Times New Roman. Line spacing should be between 1.5 and 2 with (approx.) 4 cm margins all round. The Header must include the student number and the Footer must include a page number.

Electronic Copy of Work: Students should retain an electronic copy of their coursework, so that it may be checked by a member of staff should a member of staff feel the need to do so. Tutors are entitled to request an electronic copy of coursework if they have any doubt about the accuracy of the stated word count and/or any suspicion of plagiarism. Failure to send an electronic copy of the coursework to a member of staff who has asked for a copy may result in a penalty.

If any student has a query about any of the above matters and wishes to obtain clarification or further information please contact your Module Co-ordinator or personal tutor Feedback: Marking will be done in accordance with the marking criteria grid below and the University of Portsmouth grading criteria for 7. Marks and feedback will be available within 20 working days.

Link to Grade Criteria (Levels 4–8) – General criteria applicable to essays, reports and aspects of projects and dissertations

http://www2.port.ac.uk/departments/services/dcqe/storeddocuments/filetodownload,171073,en.pdf

The assignment will be graded for individuals as defined below:

Suggested Structure of HRM Report

Title

An evaluation of HRM at …..(Company Name).

Example: An Evaluation of HRM at Luna Hotel.

1.  Introduction (suggested word-count 100 words)

A) Briefly introduce key factors about the case-study organisation.

•  How many employees work there?

•  What is the size of the company?

•  What is the employee turnover rate?

B) Briefly state why it is worth investigating this organisation in terms of

HRM.

C) Briefly introduce the report’s structure.

2.  HR Roles (suggested word-count 650 words)

Each of the following questions should be answered in a separate paragraph by using at least three different sources:

A. Which theoretical model are you adopting to evaluate the HR roles of your investigated organisation? Briefly describe it.

B. Why are you adopting this model? Critical analysis.

C. Evaluate the framework you used by bringing in literature references.

The model overviewed in class regarding HR roles and which shall be adopted is the HR business partner model (or else-how Ulrich’s model).

3.  HR Methods (suggested word-count 650 words)

Each of the following questions should be answered in a separate paragraph by using at least three different sources:

A. Which theoretical model are you adopting to evaluate the HR methods employed by your investigated organisation in resourcing and managing employees? Briefly describe it.

B. Why are you adopting this model? Critical analysis.

C. Evaluate the framework you used by bringing in literature references.

The models overviewed in class regarding HR methods in resourcing and managing employees and which you can adopt are: The hard or the soft model of HRM.

4.  Conclusion/Recommendations (suggested word-count 100 words)

Provide suggestions/recommendations on why and how the organisation you investigate could improve the areas you analysed by following the best practice of the models you overviewed. Use some literature here to justify your suggestions. Answer questions, such as:

A) Why and how the organisation you investigate could improve the areas you analysed by following the best practice of the models you overviewed?

B) Why do they need to adopt those models to their business settings? How such a best practice could help this organisation?

Referencing List

Appendices: Assessment Shell

M25290 Human Resource Management: Report– Assessment and Feedback