This is an individual assessment task in which students will examine a range of elements of a Performance Management System. The aim is to gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the connections between elements of the system and the management of employee performance. This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes 2 and 3.
The portfolio comprises three elements each examining one aspect of a Performance Management System. Each element has a research component of a 400 word discussion plus the development of a 'form' or the completion of a practical activity. The 400 word discussion should follow the CQU's guide for writing essays (available on Moodle).
Your assignment must be written in Times New Roman, size 12, with 1.5 line spacing. You must follow all other formatting rules specified in the guide mentioned above.
It is recommended that these elements be attempted in the week corresponding to the topic of each element. You can gain informal peer feedback on each element in class or via the Moodle discussion board.
Element 1: Job Analysis – Critically discuss the importance of job analysis to organisational performance (written). Using O*NET create a summary description for your ‘Ideal Job’ as well as a list of tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities needed for successful performance (practical).
Element 2: Measuring Results and Behaviours – ‘A focus on results encourages unethical behaviour’. Discuss. (written). Identify three competencies of your ‘Ideal Job’ created in Task 1, identify a critical behaviour indicator for each competency, generate critical incidents (high, average and poor performance) for each behaviour indicator, and create graphic rating scales using BARS to measure each competency (practical).
Element 3: Employee Development – Discuss the link between employee development and one negative and one positive organisational outcome (written). Ask your class members/ friends/ family to provide feedback on the degree to which you currently display the three competencies of your ‘Ideal Job’ identified in Task 2. Develop and complete a Professional Development Plan and Form to improve your performance against each of the competencies (practical).
You are expected to read widely for the assignment. You should access scholarly material (not just your textbook), including peer reviewed journal articles, chapters from edited books of readings, and books on specific human resource management (HRM) topics (at least 4 references required for each element). The reference lists found in your prescribed textbook, as well as other texts, are good places to start when searching for additional references. Reliance on websites or textbooks only is NOT an appropriate academic literature search and will not help you to achieve higher marks and/or grading.
The purpose of this piece of assessment is for you to demonstrate your ability to construct an in-depth and critical analysis discussion on the given topics. In doing so, you are expected to use, and correctly cite, a range of relevant scholarly literature as evidence to justify and support your work.