Purpose: This is an individual assessment that allows students to demonstrate their ability to research, critically analyse trends and issues in HRM in modern business organisation, and to identify how and why an organisation can benefit from applying best practice standards both financially and non-financially, taking into account stakeholder concerns. The assessment also allows students to further develop their essay writing and professional communication skills. This assessment relates to Learning Outcomes a, b, and c.

Task 1
Identify five (5) journal articles that match the first five topics of this unit.
– That is, you must find one journal article per topic:
1. HRM for the Modern Era,
2. Employment Relations 3. Environmental forces, 4. Recruitment and Selection, and
5. Performance Management.
You should search the library databases via the online ‘advanced search’ function of the IMC library.
Task 2
2. Write a 250 words introduction discussing why the internal factors are important to organisational decision making. The introduction is 250 words in total not 250 words per article.
Task 3
3. Write approximately 400 words per journal article that:
a. Defines the main internal factor being discussed in the journal article,
b. Discusses the new findings in relation to the internal factor, and
c. Highlights what these findings mean for managers in organisations.
Task 4

4. Write a 250 words conclusion recommending one specific contextual factor as most important to the Australian National Institute of Management and Commerce’s (IMC) organisational performance. Explain your reasoning.
Task 5

5. Write a reference list correctly:
– It must use the Harvard referencing style

The work should be in the format of a research essay following the academic style. The essay must contain:
o Cover Page
o Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Sections and Sub Sections Covering Part A Questions (You Must Choose Suitable Headings)
3. Sections and Sub Sections Covering Part B Questions (You Must Choose Suitable Headings)
4. Recommendations/Conclusion
5. List of References That Align with Approved Referencing Format
6. Appendices as required

The individual essay will be marked based on the criteria listed below and in the assessment rubric:
Analysis 35%
Research – extent and application 35%
Recommendations/conclusions 20%
Presentation 10%
Total mark will be scaled to a mark out of 30.
It is very important to note that research is a key criterion that will influence the mark you earn. Research is considered appropriate when students develop the report by using peer-reviewed journal.

To assess student’s ability to apply HRM theories and frameworks to a practical context.
Students will be able to access the essay question on Moodle. The essay word limit is 2500 words excluding reference list (+/-10% leeway).
The essay is expected to:
• Make use of academically rigorous sources to substantiate discussion
• Demonstrate an ability to engage in critical evaluation
• Provide evidence of an ability to identify linkages between theoretical argument and practical application;
• Illustrate a well-developed argument and a logical structure;
• Demonstrate an argument based on reading and analysis of academic references;
• Answer the question succinctly and cogently;
• Formulate a conclusion or opinion based on secondary research
• Be presented according to academic conventions including correct referencing, formatting, spelling and grammar, as specified by the Institute of Management and Commerce.
Topics to be covered:
Content: weeks 1- 5

Seven criteria will be used to assess the essay:
1. Clarity of introduction
2. Relevance of topic/discussion
3. Depth of Research
4. Critical thinking, analysis and synthesis
5. Conclusion
6. Writing style and grammar
7. Referencing