Subject Code & Title :- BUSM4592 Strategic Human Resource Development
Assessment Type :- Essay
Word limit :- 1500 including the reference list (+/- 10%)
Weighting :- 20%
You are required to critically evaluate the literature on contemporary human resource development (HRD) issues and propose recommendations and solutions. This will be an essay and students will be required to use headings in the essay.
BUSM4592 Strategic Human Resource Development Assignment
Your role is the Human Resource Development (HRD) Manager (In some organisations the role is entitled the Learning and Development Manager and you have to write a professional document (essay) on contemporary literature that will analyse one out of two topics around contemporary issues note two issues in each topic.
You choose one of the following:
- The first is discrimination and bullying
- The second is diversity and inclusion
The HR Director wants to make decisions based on quality research because he is considering expanding the HRD Department under the HR function. The HRD Department currently consists of one HRD manager (you) and one HRD Officer. The HR Director needs to present a formal proposal of critical literature to the Executive Team for review and approval before they decide on proceeding with a HRD training program for staff. Therefore you have been requested to prepare a document (essay)with headings for review to present to the Executive Team.
The Purpose of this Assessment is:
The purpose of the assessment is to present contemporary and critical literature to the Executive Team for them to decide on a HRD training program for staff. You need to consider the following questions in designing and shaping the critical essay. Please note these questions are to stimulate your thinking.
The essay will be structured around these questions and the criteria rubric.
What is the role and responsibilities of a HRD professional in the organisation? What are the current issues related to HRD in the organisation? How can HRD help the organisation address current and future challenges? What and how can HRD activities benefit individual employees and the organisation?
Why should the organisation invest in HRD?
In this assessment you will need to apply one of the common issues mentioned here because the subject is constructively aligned and you will have to use one of the common issues grouped into discrimination and bullying or diversity and inclusion in Assessment 2. It is advised that you write Assessment 1 and scaffold to Assessment 2 on the same topic.
Given that your HR Director would like to present an evidence-based document to the Executive you have been asked you to write the document (essay) in an academic style so that it is substantiated by a wealth of contemporary academic evidence. This will include empirical case studies that have been reported in refereed journal articles. You are encouraged to conduct a thorough literature review on the relevant HRD and Learning and Development theories. Your document should be 1500 words.
Course Learning Outcomes
This assessment isrelevant to the following course learning outcomes:
CLO1 Critically evaluate literature on contemporary and emerging HRD issues challenges. and solutions
CLO2 Analyse contemporary operational HRD issues in workplace contexts.
CLO3 Apply HRD concepts and principles to strategic human resource development in authentic workplace contexts.
Please try and follow this structure for yourfirst assessment:
Your critical essay/professional document should be structured as follows:
In your introduction outline what you propose to do to build the HRD Department and the position you are adopting.
This assessment is a critical essay professional document so you need an initial paragraph introducing what you as the HRD Manager and an overview the purpose and rationale for expanding the HRD department back ground information of the organisation and why it is important for the HRD Department.
This section must include an understanding of SHRD. The organisation of the essay – in other words the next sections to follow. Without separate sections a reader would be very confused about the focus of your essay.
The role of the HRD Manager and Current Issues and Challenges
In this section you need to outline the role and responsibilities of the HRD Manager. You need to read refereed journal articles and case studies within many articles to find out what the current HRD challenges in many organisations (not just your chosen organisation or e.g. a Health Service). The challenges include: discrimination and bullying and diversity and inclusion. You need to ensure that your arguments are all supported by contemporary refereed journal articles – every comment you make that presents as a fact, assertion or argument must be substantiated with a refereed journal article that is cited in text. You may use one direct reference but mostly you must paraphrase your work. Marks are lost for unsubstantiated opinions. In fact, your opinion is not sought here. What we are interested in is your capacity to critically argue and communicate well researched information.
BUSM4592 Strategic Human Resource Development Assignment
In this section you need to source refereed journal articles that argue for a more strategic focus.
You have to present a solid and comprehensive argument about how the organisation will benefit from a strategic approach to HRD.
In contemporary journal articles you will find numerous case studies carried out that demonstrate that HRD is critical to the performance of employees the performance of the organisation and also to ensuring employees remain in employment. You need to demonstrate critical thinking and synthesising the literature.
The conclusion needs to be comprehensive because the decisions made are critical to SHRD. In the conclusion you have to address how the organisation will address current and future challenges for the individual employee and the organisation.
This section must also cover HRD activities that will benefit employees and the organisation.
This also where you write what you have concluded based only on your research – this is where you can base your opinion on your research and express an opinion. The conclusion is not just a summary it should be a strong paragraph that presents succinctly what the essay was about and your argument to expand the HRD Department. You have to convince the Executive that they should invest in HRD and to do that you have to make clear recommendations.