Subject Code: GB520
Subject Name: Strategic Human Resource Management
Assessment 2 – Individual Essay
Total Marks: 30 marks
Wordcount: 2000 words +/- 10%
Due Date: DUE End Week 8 – 15th May at 11:59pm Sydney Time
Assessment 2. Individual essay
Pick ONE of the following essay topics.
1) Having a best practice talent attraction strategy is key to an organisations ability to gain a competitive advantage. Critically discuss.
2) Having a best practice performance management strategy is key to an organisations ability to gain a competitive advantage. Critically discuss.
In your answer it is suggested that you cover the following;
• Clear explanations of the strategy chosen.
• An overview of what a best practice talent attraction or performance management process would look like.
• Description of how the HR system effectively contributes to the management of human capital.
• Discussion of the key strengths and limitations in the context of the workplace with organisational examples.
Length: 2000 words (+/- 10%)
Submission method: on-line submission to Turnitin via the link on the subject’s Portal page
Late Submission Possible: No
Please note that essay format is required. Information and advice on essay writing and other scholarly skills ca be found on the Kaplink portal at http://elearning.kbs.edu.au/course/view.php?id=687
The essay requires:
The essay question to be addressed through research and review of the contemporary literature in the topic area: Strategic HRM.
A range of references that should demonstrate breadth and depth of research.
Industry and/or organisational examples to be incorporated into the essay as illustrative evidence.
A original argument to be built through the use of critical thinking.
Critical evaluation in the essay’s conclusions.
Appropriate and accurate use of the Harvard referencing system.
You must use a minimum of 15 references. These must be authoritative and comprise: At least 9 academic articles/papers.
Up to 2 text books (including the prescribed text).
Up to 4 other authoritative sources of your choice. E.g. quality newspaper or professional journal, government or NGO website. Please avoid the use of corporate websites as these tend to be promotional and not authoritative.
Wikipedia, Slideshare, Businessballs, BizEd, Mindtools and other non-academic sources are not considered to be authoritative and will bring low marks if used. If in doubt, consult your lecturer.
If you are unsure about how to access and search the academic literature at KBS then please consult with your lecturer/facilitator and/or the ASC Academic Skills Advisor.
GB520 Assessment 2 Individual Essay:
CRITERIA OUTSTANDING HIGH SOUND LIMITED MARKS AVAILABLE
Introduction Precise statement of aims and scope 2 marks States aims AND scope
1.5 marks States aims OR scope 1 mark Does not state aims or scope 0-0.5 marks
Description Key facts
concerning the topic are identified from at least 15 authoritative sources. The majority of facts are supported by triangulation.
4.5-5 marks Key facts concerning the topic are identified from at least 10 authoritative sources. Several facts are supported by triangulation.
3.5-4 marks Key facts concerning the topic are identified from at least 5 authoritative sources.
2.5-3 marks No key facts concerning the topic are identified and/or sources are not authoritative or less than 5 authoritative sources are cited.
Application More than two
industry and/or organisational examples have been incorporated into the essay as illustrative evidence. Their relevance has also been demonstrated.
4.5-5 marks At least two industry and/or organisational examples have been incorporated into the essay as illustrative evidence. Their relevance has also been demonstrated.
3.5-4 marks At least one industry and/or organisational example has been incorporated into
the essay as illustrative evidence.
One or no industry or organisational example has been provided as illustrative evidence.
Discussion An original and
internally consistent argument supported by precise understanding and application of relevant GB520 concepts. Comprehensive discussion.
4.5-5 marks An original argument supported by precise understanding and application of relevant GB520 concepts.
3.5-4 marks An original argument supported by an understanding of and basic application of relevant GB520 concepts. Mostly
descriptive with little if any discussion.
2.5-3 marks Unoriginal work
or little application,
analysis or discussion. Understanding of GB520 concepts not demonstrated.
Conclusions Draws together
the key findings of the analysis. Provides a reasoned view with a clear summary evaluation. 3 marks
Draws together the key findings of the analysis.
1.5-2.5 marks Draws together some of the key findings of the analysis with no summary.
1 – 1.5 marks Does not draw together the key findings of the analysis.
Essay format and
academic writing Writing style is very clear. Logical flow and structure throughout. Fluent use of discipline specific academic language. No spelling or grammatical errors.
Writing style is clear. Mostly logical flow and structure.
Correct use of discipline specific academic language. Some minor spelling or grammatical errors.
3.5-4 marks Writing style is mostly clear. Some flaws in logical flow and
Some use of
discipline specific academic language. Several
spelling or grammatical errors.
Writing style is unclear or disjointed. Lacks logical flow or structure.
Numerous spelling or grammatical errors.
Referencing Sources are authoritative.
Acknowledges all sources in text Sources are authoritative.
sources in text and in Source acknowledge but with errors.
Minimum or less Several sources not acknowledged or inappropriate or not authoritative.
and in reference reference list. Some number of sources Major errors in
list. All references errors in format of used. Some good format of
in correct format. references. academic sources references.
5 marks but some poor
2.5 – 3 marks 0-2 marks
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