HRM 325. Writing and presenting your assignment.
- Analyse the Title/Question:
a: Break the title down in to key words.
“You are now in the Growth phase of your new business venture and aim to enhance your competitive advantage by explaining how you will compose a new Human Resource Development Strategy”. This is the overall aim/outcome of the assignment! This is your proposal of how you will formulate/compose a Human Resource Development Strategy for your business. This section of the assessment brief positions YOUR fictional business venture into the Growth phase of its business life-cycle and outlines how you will present your knowledge of developing a Human Resource Development, HRD, Strategy in the context of the “Knowledge Economy”.
“You will produce an academically authoritative paper, of 2500 words, that will explain the relevance and importance of Strategic Human Resource Development, (SHRD), to your business”. This section informs you that your work will explain the definition, relevance and importance of HRD to your business and should be supported with authoritative and reliable academic sources, throughout!
You will explain how your HRD strategy “fits” with your business’s strategic perspective.
You will explain SHRD as a strategic intervention.
You will explain the stages of planning and developing your HRD Strategy.
You will explain how you will approach “Knowledge Management” in order to create a “Learning Culture” and how this will create with a competitive advantage.
“You will explain how you will evaluate the transfer of learning, developed by your Human Resource Development Strategy”. This section is self-explanatory and requires you to illustrate your knowledge of authoritative and reliable academic principles that you can use to evaluate the transfer of learning.
- Find and organise the relevant information.
- Identify sub-headings and categories’ that you will investigate.
- Check and refer to recommended reading lists in module guides.
- Conduct a literature search through;
- Electronic databases.
- Journals and newspapers.
- Plan the Assignment.
An assignment plan will help to;
- Establish the main arguments of your writing.
- To assist in the organisation of the main concepts and arguments in a logical, coherent and consistent order.
- Allow you to distinguish the main concepts from the supporting arguments.
- Reduce the possibility of overlooking important facts.
- Makes the writing of the work easier.
- Make the work more coherent, consistent and balanced.
- Produce a rough draft.
Questions to ask once the draft is complete.
- Is the work balanced?
- Does this work reinforce and emphasise the main points?
- Do some sections need expanding or contracting?
- Does the work flow consistently and coherently?
- Are quotations, examples and other illustrations used that strengthen the arguments presented?
- Are there any unsupported personal views and opinions, (bias)?
- Structuring your Writing.
Part 1. Introduction: 5% length.
- The purpose of the introduction is to set the scene.
- Make it clear what the problem or question is.
- How you are going to approach the problem or question.
- Show the reader how your work will develop and progress.
Informs the reader how you actually answer the question, identifying the concepts/theories the work will identify, describe, explain, analyse and evaluate. The Introduction sets the “agenda” of the work. Write the introduction last, once you know how your work will develop.
Part 2. Main Body of your work: 80% length.
- Provides the opportunity to build upon explanations and arguments with concepts, opinions and factual evidence, from a range of authoritative and reliable academic sources.
- Points should be presented in a logical order with explicit links between them.
The “Main Body” answers the question in a chain of interconnected paragraphs that build to construct and present your argument, coherently and consistently.
Paragraphs will show:
- One idea.
- Offer an argument, strengths’/weaknesses, (supported with a range of authoritative and reliable sources).
- Offer evidence, critically discuss.
- Make a final point.
The READER is asking you- and your work should answer:
- What is the paragraph exactly about?
- What is your argument on the topic, (in relation to the question)?
- What is your evidence, (from a range of authoritative and reliable sources)?
- What does this evidence mean?
- What are your final points (in relation to the question)?
Part 3.Conclusion. 15% length.
Conclusion = Re-state your arguments.
- Reinforce your points.
- Do not refer to new evidence!
- Make recommendations.
- Always refer back to the title.
- You may indicate whether you are arguing for or against a particular concept using summaries of the main arguments.
- It should read as it is a natural end to the work and do not present new concepts or arguments but presents a review of the main arguments from the main body of your work.
Appendices: if needed.
Plan, Draft, Review, Revise and Edit!
Adapted from; Burns. T and Sinfield, S. (2003). Essential Study Skills; The complete guide to success @ university. Sage. London.
The presentation for this assignment will be:
- Front Sheet. (Provided).
- Contents page.
- Executive Summary.
- Main body.
- Appendices, if needed.
- Reference List.
The work will adopt a Report format, with Sub-Headings throughout the main body. Font is Ariel/ Times New Roman, size 11-12, with 1.5 line spacing. Word count is 2500, (+/-10%), MAXIMUM ten – twelve, pages of A4 paper, set on “Narrow Margin”.
Within the “Writing” category, located on the “Canvas” VLE platform, a “Guide to report writing” is there for your reference. Also within the “Assessment” category there is a “Blank Essay” format that you can use to construct your work in conjunction with the above guidance. An assessment “Front Sheet” is also provided for students’ use.
Either structures or a combination of both structures can be used; one is not superior to the other. Both examples complement one another.
There are also “Essay examples” and “Essay Example, (revised and annotated), which will provide useful guidance on how to construct your interconnected paragraphs to compose your writing in a consistent and coherent way.
The assessment will fully supported with authoritative and reliable academic sources throughout!
All work WILL be submitted through Turnitin. Students’ who use unauthoritative and unreliable sources in their work will receive an overall mark reflecting their lack of knowledge, understanding and application. Before submitting their assignments students WILL ensure that their work is accompanied with the Turnitin report so that markers can apply academic scrutiny of the work. Students’ who use of the type of unauthoritative and unreliable sources, listed below, should expect to see their overall mark negatively, if not catastrophically affected!
Unauthoritative/ Unreliable Sources.
This list is not exhaustive however it gives a flavour of what sources of reference we have seen, to date, and which are not acceptable in our academic works.
Unauthoritative/Unreliable Sources may include:
UK Essays: www.ukessays.com
Ivy Thesis: http://ivythesis.typepad.com/
Ivory Research: http://www.ivoryresearch.com
Study Mode.com: http://www.studymode.com
New Essays: http://www.newessays.co.uk
Essay Bay Writers: http://www.essaybaywriters.com
Course Hero: https://www.coursehero.com
Rich Garling: http://www.richgarling.com
Study Mode: http://www.studymode.com