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Assessment item 1

Essay
Value: 40%


If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity
to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier
behind it you almost don't have to manage them.
Jack Welch

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Due date: 21-Apr-2014
Return date: 12-May-2014
Length: 2,500 words
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Task
One of the most important roles of human resource management is finding the right staff for the
organisation. In the current, changing business environment this is presenting the HR manager with a
number of challenges. The scarcity of skills and talent, the need to hire for aptitude and potential not
current skills, and the need to match employee and organisational values are being widely debated.

Critically examine the changing focus of staffing policy, using practical illustrations, to demonstrate
how and why the focus on staffing practice has changed. Examples can be drawn from your own
experience, workplace and academic literature.
Online submission via Turnitin is required for this assignment.

Rationale
This assignment is designed to:
 familiarise students with the nature of the HRM phenomenon and the different perspectives
from which it is viewed;
 encourage students to explore various HRM theories;
 develop the ability to identify the importance of the HR function in the effective management
of people;
 familiarise students with the gap which may exist between the academic theories and the real
world practice of HRM;
 encourage students to develop a critical understanding of the extent to which organisations
adhere to espoused HRM policies;
 encourage students to explore the various HR challenges such as environmental,
organisational, individual and in the performance of their day-to-day responsibilities;
complicated relationship among top management, line managers, HR managers and
employees and its effect on HR policies and practices;
 encourage students to develop sound analytical skills based on in-depth literature research,
learnt theories, case studies and work practices.

Marking criteria

GRADING CRITERIA: Assignment 1

Listed below are the features required to achieve the stated grades.
< 45%
Poor failure
45-49-%
Fail
50-64%
Pass
65-74%
Credit
75-85%
Distinction
>85%
High
Distinction
Scope of
assignment (50%)
(includes:
breadth/depth of
knowledge, focus
on topic, support of
arguments).
· Discusses a
range of issues
associated with
modern staffing
concerns and
trends, such as
values, aptitude,
skills, talent and
organisational fit.
· Demonstrates
knowledge of the
debate
surrounding the
issues identified
and their
implications for HR
practice.
· Discussion is
focussed on the
requirements of
the question (ie.
does not
noticeably digress
from the topic and
incorporate
irrelevant issues).
· Provides suitable
support for
arguments raised
using reference to
academic literature
and practical
examples.
Unreflective
personal
comment,
incoherent
argument.
Entirely copied.
Complete
misinterpretatio
n of topic.
Topic not fully
covered.
Discussion too
brief. Overuse
of quotations,
with little
explanation.
Insufficient
support from
literature.
A reasonably
balanced
summary of
the issues
reflected in
the study
materials
pertinent to
the
assignment
topic.
Some
explanation,
illustration
and support
for
arguments
presented is
provided
from the
literature.
Presentation
meets most
of the main
protocols.
A fuller,
more
systematic
exploration
of the
assignment
topic, which
may include
an attempt
at critical
comment or
appraisal.
Regular
support
provided
from the
literature.
Few
presentatio
n flaws.
A
comprehensi
ve
exploration
of the topic,
with sound
critical
comment
and a
personal
synthesis of
the issues
examined.
Demonstrate
s
understandin
g,
interpretation
and
presentation
of ideas and
arguments.
Detailed
support
provided
from
literature.
Clear and
exact
understandin
g,
interpretation
and
presentation
of main ideas
and
arguments
relevant to
the
assignment
task.
Demonstrates
appropriate
selection and
integration of
ideas and
theory.
Demonstrates
breadth and
depth of
understandin
g and has
insights and
awareness of
deeper more
subtle
aspects of the
topic content.
Evidence of
originality and
independent
thought.
Structure (30%)
(Includes:
Organisation of
ideas, logical
argument, use of
support/evidence)
· Use of correctly
Structure
confused, not
discernable, not
explained.
Opening
paragraph
simply restates
the topic.
No
direction/outlin
e of intended
Main
arguments
and
conclusions
outlined in
the opening
paragraph.
Main
arguments
and
conclusions
outlined in
the opening
paragraph.
Main
arguments
and
conclusions
outlined in
the opening
paragraph.
Main
arguments
and
conclusions
outlined in the
opening
paragraph.
structured
argument
· Paper includes
an introduction,
structured
paragraphs, a
conclusion and
reference list
· Discussion/argum
ent is presented,
developed and
supported in a
standard
appropriate to level
of study.
discussion
provided for
the reader.
Some major
aspect of the
topic missed.
Definitions
provided in
the context of
the
discussion.
Main points
discussed in
logically
sequential
paragraphs.
Summary in
final
paragraph.

Demonstrat
ed
knowledge
of principles
and
concepts
relevant to
topic.
Relevant
key theories
and ideas
explored in
a manner
appropriate
to the
assignment.
Demonstrat
ed thorough
understandi
ng of
material
presented
in study
materials.
Main points
of the
discussion
are
examined
critically,
ideas
synthesised
well to
produce a
logically
constructed
and
supported
argument.
Fluent
writing style
appropriate
to the
assessment
tasks.
Main points
discussed in
logically
sequential
paragraphs.
Summary in
final
paragraph.
Provides
strong, clearly
articulated
arguments,
with
supporting
evidence
from literature
and/or real
world
examples.
Fluent writing
style
appropriate to
the
assessment
tasks.
Main points
discussed in
logically
sequential
paragraphs.
Summary in
final
paragraph.
Evidence of
reading (15%)
(Includes: range of
suitable references
used, correct
referencing/citation
technique)
· Discussion
demonstrates
evidence of
reading beyond the
study materials
provided
· A range of
suitable references
have been used to
enhance and
support issues
raised in the
discussion
· Source material
has been cited and
referenced
correctly
No evidence of
reading in text
of assignment.
No
acknowledgeme
nts or
bibliography.
Reading not
well integrated
into text of
essay.
Little evidence
of reading.
Limited
acknowledgem
ent of source
material.
The text of
the
assignment
shows some
evidence that
subject
materials
have been
read and
acknowledge
d.
Arguments
show basic
ability to
apply
fundamental
concepts, but
arguments
based upon
limited
evidence.
An accurate
bibliography
is attached.
Well-
reasoned
arguments
are
supported
and with
reference to
a broad
range of
literature,
drawn for
materials
sources
beyond the
study
materials
provided.
Reading is
integrated
into the
discussion
well, and
analytical
and
evaluative
comment
sis provided
where
appropriate.
Accurate
referencing
and citation
(some
flaws).
Evidence of
having read
beyond the
core
materials.
Able to
consider
topic/issues
in eth
broader
disciplinary
context.
Evidence of
synthesis,
analytical
skills and
independent
thought.
Accurate
referencing
and citation
(few flaws).
Evidence of
having
researched/re
ad more
widely
beyond the
core material.

Accurate
referencing
and citation
(almost
flawless).
Presentation (5%)
(Includes: clarity of
expression and
presentation of
ideas)
· Follows
presentation
guidelines
presented in
Subject Outline
· Correct use of
APA referencing
style
· Written in clear,
comprehensible
English
Expression,
presentation
(structure,
citations) and
English
(grammar,
spelling,
punctuation) are
inaccurate.
Expression is
unclear with
weak
presentation
(structure,
citations) and
English
(grammar,
spelling,
punctuation)
errors.
Expression
and
presentation
are
comprehensi
ble but lack
clarity.
Expression
is lucid and
clear with
precise use
of
language.
Writing style
appropriate
to the
assignment
type.
Few laws in
grammar
and
spelling.
Expression
and
presentation
of ideas are
mainly
accurate.
Fluent
writing style
appropriate
to
assessment
item.
Grammar
and spelling
accurate
Expression
and
presentation
of ideas are
developed
and clear.
Fluent writing
style
appropriate to
assessment
item.
Grammar and
spelling
accurate



Presentation
Essay Writing
Essays are a learning tool. They require you to gather and assess a range of information in relation to
a particular question. To do this you need to distinguish between information that is relevant and not
relevant, evaluate what people have said, and arrive at your own ideas on the topic based upon the
different perspectives and viewpoints you have examined. Your ideas then need to be presented in
such a way that the reader can clearly understand your view, the debate surrounding the topic and
how you have arrived at your position. This means your ideas must be clearly articulated, logically
presented and well supported.

There are many sites where you can find information about essay planning, structure, and formatting.
If you are unclear about how to begin use the structure found
at http://www.csu.edu.au/division/studserv/my-studies/learning/pdfs/essay.pdf .
Remember your essay should present your ideas and be supported with appropriate evidence and
references.


Assessment item 2
Leadership, Decision Making & Ethics
Value: 40%


Due date: 10-Apr-2014
Return date: 01-May-2014
Length: 2500 Words
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Task
Effective leadership, decision making and ethical management are linked both in theory and in
practice.How may leaders ensure organisational decisions are made ethically? Use examples to
illustrate your argument from organisations with which you are familiar.
Rationale
This assignment is designed to:
 familiarise students with the various theories concerning decision making, leadership and
managerial ethics;
 encourage students to discern the strengths and weaknesses of the wide array of theoretical
contributions;
 encourage students to use empirical evidence to support their arguments.
Marking criteria
Your assignment will be assessed according to the extent to which it has:
 answered the question set, kept to the topic and covered only relevant issues;
 shown adequate use of a range of academic resources (e.g., journal articles, management
books) to support arguments and recommendations;
 taken a critical orientation to the topic, theories and readings;
 built a sound argument using analysis, explanation and interpretation;
 incorporated original thinking based on a clear evaluation of evidence, treating sources
critically and acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses;
 provided a well structured, clear and consistent line of reasoning across the assignment,
including an effective introduction and conclusion;
 demonstrated readability (this relates to structure; clarity of expression; explanations; linkages
and flow; grammar and spelling; use of headings; correct referencing and presentation).
* A comprehensive marking rubric will be available at the start of the session and posted in the
Resources section of Interact. *
Requirements
This assignment is to be submitted online only using Turnitin.