Assessment item 3 - Report on Performance Management
Length: 2000 words ±10% (excluding title page, executive summary, table of contents, reference list, appendices), presented in report format
Reference Style: Author-Date Style (APA Referencing Style) only
Objectives. This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes numbers 1 to 5.
Purpose. The primary purpose of this assessment task is to help students develop skills to apply HRM strategies within a contemporary organisational framework. The assignment also develops insights into implementation of performance management strategies and helps to understand the importance of those insights for the HR professionals, incorporate appropriate individual and organisational HRM strategies within an organisational context by way of analytical report and finally critically and analytically evaluate the relevance of new theories, design methods, HR laws and concepts within human resource management. The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give students the opportunity to develop research, analysis, self-management and problem identification skills, as well as skills in presenting an argument for performance management within the framework of a business report.
Description. Assessment task 3 requires the writing of a business report (2000 words). The report should be designed as a management document that can be used to implement recommended changes. It should include a comprehensive analysis of the current situation using HRM theory, performance management models, strategies and frameworks. The report should clearly explain the various options available and analyse the consequences of these. Students are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature relating to strategic human resource management, performance management, employee performances, employee feedback and other relevant theories, models and frameworks.
Details. The assessment item is based on the case study provided on the Moodle site for the course. Both the case study and the assignment requirements can be accessed through the course website (Moodle) under the assessments tab. You should read and carefully analyse the case and respond to the issues presented in the case study within the context of a professionally presented business report. You are required to support your argument with appropriate theoretical discussion and references. This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of Human Resource Management (HRM) concepts, strategies and utilisation of academic literature. Whilst you should avoid using only textbooks, the prescribed textbook for the course should be cited in regard to broad human resource management principles. You will be expected to present information and evidence from, and cite, at least fifteen (15) relevant peer-reviewed, academic journal articles, academic references (minimum requirement). The quality and number of citations will demonstrate the breadth and depth of the literature used to answer the questions.
Your report will be assessed on the extent to which it meets the following criteria (detaiedl main and sub criteria are provided on the Moodle site):
A thorough knowledge and understanding of the problem(s) identified in the case study. Report demonstrates an understanding of HR strategies, performance management strategies and Management concepts. (20%)
Appropriateness of responses to the case study problem. Solving the problem, development of a convincing report, using supporting evidence; recommending practical and creative solutions to the HR problems. (20%)
Report demonstrates the application of strategic HR or Management concepts to solve the HR problems in the case. Implementation steps of recommended strategies mentioned in the report. (20%)
Demonstrates an understanding, application of HR challenges, issues and practices associated with various directional strategies. (20%)
Demonstration of additional research beyond the course material and textbook including use of recent and relevant peer reviewed academic journal articles, academic references (minimum of fifteen (15)). (10%)
Presentation, including referencing, formatting, layout and grammar. (10%)