This task is designed to develop your ability

| September 8, 2016

HR Assignment Project (Report Format) Worth =30%

This task is designed to develop your ability to:

? contribute fruitfully to a group task;

? assess a HRM issue or problem as objectively as possible;

? appreciate the potential of theory in managerial decision making and

problem solving;

? apply theory to ‘real life’;

? take responsibility by designing a practical course of action (rather than merely making recommendations).

Task description

Students will form groups of around three-four during class in week 3/4. Each group should identify a problem situation (HR problem) in an organisation they have access to- preferably an organisation where at least one group member works or has worked recently. The focus has to be on an unresolved problem (only one problem).

A presentation covering the following points should be prepared:

? Provide a brief introduction to the organisation (it is acceptable to withhold the name of the organisation).

? Describe the problem, as much as possible in terms of the observable or measurable symptoms it manifests, for example: employee unrest, frequent industrial action, high absenteeism, workplace bullying/harassment, low morale, loss of profit, sabotage etc.

? The issue/problem should then be considered and analysed in terms of material drawn from any two different topics studied as part of this subject. To give some examples, your group may choose to adopt different negotiation tactics, change the existing recruitment and selection method, or re-design jobs, or arrange special training program and so on. Try to choose the topic that seems to offer the most useful insights into the problem. Topics must be taken from HRM course.

? Design a change program or set of activities and procedures utilising some aspect or aspects of your analysis (actual action plan). The change program should be intended to solve or improve the situation. Please note you are not merely being asked for a list of recommendations.

Note: It is not necessary to interview any managers or distribute questionnaires to complete this project.

Group members should present their project to the class in weeks 8-10. The presentation schedule will be negotiated in class. The presentation should last between 20 and 30 minutes. Each member will present for more or less equal amount of time i.e., about 7 minutes each. An additional 8 -10 minutes is available for questions and answers. Support your presentation with appropriate visuals such as computer slides and handouts.

A report of 2000 words summarising your project must be submitted on the day of presentation. Visual material used in the presentation may be included as an appendix. The report must have a cover page- duly completed and signed and it must also be correctly and adequately referenced.

Group project: Assessment Criteria

The presentation mark will be based on the following criteria: (individual mark)

? Appropriate introduction and conclusion

? Demonstration of platform skills (posture, gesture, eye contact)

? Logical arrangement and presentation of material

? Demonstration of understanding of the presentation material

? Handling questions and answers

? Time management Worth 5%

Note: Individual member’s presentation mark will vary depending on the over-all quality of their presentation. The lecturer/tutor will allocate this mark.

The report mark will be given to all group members (group mark). It will be based on:

? The presence of an introduction to the organisation;

? The description of a suitable problem for analysis;

? Effective use of material from two subject topics;

? Use of analysis in developing ‘change program’ and apparent efficacy of ‘change program’;

? The extent to which the presentation content is effectively reported;

? Over-all quality and completeness of response to the presentation topic;

? Clarity of expression;

? Correct presentation (format, completed and signed cover page, word count, line spacing, spell check, use of in-text reference, completion of a full reference list at the end following APA style). Worth 25%


Company: Optus

Problem: High staff turnover in Sale Department (HR related)

Solutions: Provide TWO solutions

Report Format: 2000 words (Executive summary and References are not included in 2000 words)

Table of content

Executive Summary

Introduction: (Back ground of company and where company stand now)

Problem: (what a problem? What are the causes of problem?)

Solution 1:

Solution 2:


References: List of references (At least SIX in text references and ONLY ACADEMIC and TWO company Web references)

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