ASSESSMENT DETAILS AND POLICIES

1. Types and Due Dates of Assessment

Assessment Item Weighting (%) Submission Date Method of Submission Returnable (yes/no)
1. PBL exercises
Exercise 1 OR 2. Exercise 3
60%
1 × 20%
1 x 40% October 5th, 2015
November 9th, 2015 Turnitin only Yes
2. Examination- Formal 40% Examination period 2 hours No

Please note that from 2014, the use of Translation Dictionaries in formal exams is no longer permitted.
2. Details of Assessment and Submission

ASSESSMENT ITEM INFORMATION:

Assessment Title/Details: PBL Exercise 1 or 2 and PBL Exercise 3.
Students are required to submit two written assignments – PBL Exercise 1 OR PBL Exercise 2 and then PBL Exercise 3.
The content of each Exercise will be discussed in class, where students will be supported to understand and use the problem-based approach to learning (PBL) which underpins this course.
A total of 60% of the course mark is allocated to written assignments on these exercises.

Assessment Due date : See above
Aligned to Course Learning Outcomes: The PBL assessments relate to the following course learning outcomes:
2. Critically evaluate various HRM theories and frameworks to assess their fundamental assumptions, intellectual rigor, and practical value;
3. Develop skills in framing, researching and presenting solutions to workplace problems;
4. Communicate how and why HRM policy and practice differs according to context;
5. Consider the range of competencies and roles required of HRM practitioners and other managers of people within various organisational settings;
6. Develop an appreciation of the ethical challenges inherent in managing people in an equitable way.
Purpose and Description: PBL 1 and 2 are designed to introduce students to the Problem Based Learning (PBL) method through a discussion of its theoretical underpinnings. Students apply theories, principles and methodologies to collect information

collect information from reliable and authoritative sources and to conduct research using appropriate technology. You will need to present your findings and conclusion in a written report that complies with specified academic standards.

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written report which complies with specified academic standards.
PBL3 reinforces the PBL learning method and deepens your understanding of the complex and contested elements of the HRM function in organisations. Students engage in critical thinking and analytical problem solving to analyse the issues in the PBL cases. They display professional proficiency in information and technology to identify relevant literature. Students use effective written communication skills to make and justify persuasive recommendations.
Word Length: PBL Exercise 1 or 2 – 1,500 words maximum (excluding references and any Appendices)
PBL Exercise 3 – 2,500 words maximum (excluding references and any Appendices)
Assessment Weighting: PBL Exercise 1or 2 – 20%
PBL Exercise 3 – 40%
Assessment Criteria: PBL 1, 2 and 3 will be marked based on the assessment criteria below.
PBL ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
A. Scoping of the issues (20% of the total mark)
• Clear description of the issue and its boundaries
• Successful communication of a thesis informing the paper
• Demonstrated understanding of the practical implications of the issue
B. Substantive content (40% of the total mark)
• Research skills as demonstrated by the range and relevance of references
• Accurate reporting and demonstrated understanding of information/data
• Awareness of strengths and weaknesses of different reference material (eg. company information, academic literature, personal experience) as a
base for argument
• Proper use/referencing of the material
C. Response to the issue (40% of the total mark)
• Critical analysis of competing approaches/solutions to the issue
• Development of a logical and well-structured response to the issue
• Use of substantive detail to support the recommended response to the issue
Additional essential requirements, and associated penalties applied
after initial marking is complete:
• In each PBL Exercise, a minimum of three articles from quality academic journals must be used to support your argument. NB. A ‘quality academic journal’ is defined as one listed in READING GUIDE of this course outline under “Excellent academic journals in the area of HRM” and “Excellent international journals which cover HRM and ER topics”. If the required number of articles are not properly used and cited, a maximum penalty of the loss of 10% of total marks will be applied.
• There must be proper citation of sources according to academic conventions (APA 6 style). If this is not done, a maximum penalty of the loss of 10% of total marks will be applied.
Referencing Style: Papers should be referenced using APA 6 style. The “Gold Guide” is designed to assist you to understand and meeting academic requirements, by summarising important points and providing website links. It gives you essential information on the basics of academic writing and critical thinking, essay writing, referencing, business reports, presentations and teamwork. The referencing

style in the “Gold Guide” is APA style which is the Faculty standard for Business courses. An electronic copy of the Gold Guide is available.Feedback is provided: To individuals, online through the GradeMark function of Blackboard
How to Submit: Turnitin
Further Information will be supplied: The following information will be placed on the course blackboard site by the end of Week 2:
• the PBL exercise scenarios and assessment instructions
• a Student Guide to the PBL Process
• a suggested structure for a PBL Report
• 1-2 examples of excellent PBL assignments written by students on other topics.

Assessment Title: 3. FINAL EXAM
Closed book format, examination conditions
Date: Examination period
Aligned to Course Learning Outcomes: This Examination relates to the following course learning outcomes:
1. Define and examine fundamental HRM concepts;
2. Critically evaluate various HRM theories and frameworks to assess their fundamental assumptions, intellectual rigour, and practical value;
4. Communicate how and why HRM policy and practice differs according to context;
5. Consider the range of competencies and roles required of HRM practitioners and other managers of people within various organisational settings;
Purpose and Description: Purpose: Through a series of short essays, the final examination tests the students’ specialised knowledge of HRM.
Description: Students demonstrate specialised knowledge of the theoretical and practical issues of HRM and their ability to apply understanding to problems. They communicate complex ideas in a short time period including by effectively prioritising their answers.
Assessment Duration: 2 hour examination (with 10 minutes reading time)
Assessment Weighting: 40 % of the total assessment
Assessment Criteria: The criteria for marking examination responses will be:
• Answers the question
• Reports information accurately
• Uses information to support argument
• Critically analyses conflicting data/opposing views
• Is logical and well-structured
Feedback is provided: Individual feedback is not provided for Final Examinations
Further Information will be supplied: More detail will be provided in class. Sample questions will be provided.


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