( Prof. Brian Main Edinburgh University )
Much of this you may have already covered
in your latest Town Hall Meeting.
( • How to tackle your final assessment • What goes in an answer? • What did we do? • When is it again? )
· Thursday 9 December 10am (UK time) – start.
· Thursday 9 December 2pm (UK time) – end.
· 4-hour time block.
· Actual work ~ 2 hours.
· But you are free to spend as much time as you choose.
· Avoid plagiarism.
· No collaboration.
( How to tackle your final assessment )
· Answer the TWO questions, writing up to 1,000 words (+/- 10%) for each question
· These should take a total of two hours to complete.
· You are permitted to take longer if you wish.
· The completed assessment must be submitted within the 4- hour period.
· This is an open book timed assessment.
· You may consult books and papers, use the internet and other sources but are forbidden from consulting with or collaborating with other people (e.g., you may not discuss with your classmates).
2- hours to “do 2 from 2”
· no choice
· makes life simple!
· and it’s “Open Book”
( • • • • • • • Read the questions Think Prepare Plan Write Questions are equal weighted 1,000 words limit on each )
( How to write your final assessment )
( • Question can link several topics. • Use diagrams where appropriate. • Remember the lectures and models. • Citations where appropriate: – no need for full formal referencing – just “Bebchuck and Fried (2004)” etc…. )
How to Write and Answer
( • Structure each answer No need to repeat the question! Introduction. Points (in paragraphs). Conclusion. )
( • • • Say what you are going to say. Say it. Say what you have said. )
( • It is NOT a ‘Who done it?’ detective novel • You are not Raymond Chandler – not even Agatha Christie ! )
( How to Write and Answer )
( • Put yourself in the examiner’s shoes Internal examiner. Second marker/moderator. The External Examiner. • Use even very basic material • Make it legible, lay it out clearly. )
How to Write and Answer
( • Structure + Argument. • Use and application of analytical material. • Background reading. • Style and presentation. • Write enough. )
AND – answer the question asked!
· Do not accept models or arguments at face value.
· Think about and question the underpinning assumptions.
· Yes, examine the benefits of seeing things in a particular way (a model).
· BUT, also be sure to identify any problems in terms of the
underlying assumptions and claims.
· This is not the same as simply being negative (“this is a stupid model!”).
· Requires that you engage deeply with the material.
|1. States what happened.|
|2. States what something is like.|
|3. Explains what a theory says.|
|4. Explains how something works.|
|5. Notes the methods used.|
|6. Says when something occurred.|
|7. Lists the different components.|
|8. States the options.|
|9. States links between items.|
|1. States what happened.||Analyses significance of what happened.|
|2. States what something is like.||Evaluates strengths and weaknesses|
|3. Explains what a theory says.||Shows why this theory is relevant or suitable.|
|4. Explains how something works.||Indicates why something will work
(best) and when will not.
|5. Notes the methods used.||Discusses whether these methods are appropriate or suitable.|
|6. Says when something occurred.||Identifies why the timing is important,
assess the lead up and consequences
|7. Lists the different components.||Weighs up their importance.|
|8. States the options.||Gives reasons for selecting each option.|
|9. States links between items.||Shows the relevance impact of these
· has nothing to say about it.
· simply knowledge transfer.
Critical analysis –
· evaluates/shows why/indicates why/discusses
· identifies why/weighs up/gives reasons
· shows relevance
· knowledge development
· Relevance to set question
Scope: consistently focused on the question asked in an organised and coherent way; thorough and competent understanding of context.
Purpose: features an excellent and comprehensive statement of purpose.
Concepts and theories: complete and correct.
Method: fully outlined in a critical fashion with clear argumentation for choices made.
· Quality of argument
Excellent knowledge and understanding of methods underlying the answer; demonstrates application of methods to complex settings. Competent thought in critically evaluating and integrating evidence and ideas; deals confidently with complexities and subtleties of the arguments.
( How to Write an Answer )
· Depth of analysis
Sophisticated synthesis coupled with evidence of independent insight. Uses appropriate, relevant and compelling content to illustrate mastery of the subject.
· Originality and creativity
Original, thoughtful / creative, and elegant presentation.
Able to state and defend original ideas with flair and imagination.
· Use of course readings and literature
Extensive and comprehensive grasp of course readings, and support material and literature.
Skilful use of high quality, relevant sources.
· Use of figures, tables and examples
Excellent (possibly original) use of figures and tables that enhance the narrative.
Examples that richly enhance and add to clarity of argument and may include comparative examples from outside the discipline.
Organisation of material enhances audience understanding; introduction, body and conclusion are well defined, effective and aligned with purpose. Excellent use of headings, sections and paragraphs to enhance the narrative.
Clear and succinct writing style that reinforces precision and clarity. Precise and clear writing.
Work clearly referenced; draws on a wide, relevant literature base.
( How to Write an Answer )
All past Degree Exam Papers are on the University
Library Web Site
Exam papers for academic sessions 2004/05 – 2020/21
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“As a prominent Director of HRM, you have been invited by the CIPD trade journal, ‘People Management’, to write an article for publication in the next issue. The topic you have been asked to address is the use by HR Departments of Job Evaluation Schemes in ensuring their organisation is not open to any claims of discrimination on any of the nine protected characteristics.
Although you have only been allowed 1,000 words, ensure you both critically evaluate the approach and discuss the handling of the necessary adjustments that often follow such exercises.” (50 marks)
( Past question: )
“The CEO of your company feels that the current dominance of salary in the company’s reward package is holding the company back. As a newly recruited member of the HRM team, you have been asked to write a 1,000 word briefing paper to be presented to the Board that outlines the strengths and weaknesses of switching to a more pay-for-performance based approach. In writing your report, ensure that you position the possible switch in the context of the company’s employee value
proposition.” (50 marks)
Unit 1. Introducing Employee Reward Systems; Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks.
Unit 2. The Legal, Employment Relations
and Market Context.
Unit 3. Base Pay Structures and Relationships;
Pay Setting, Composition and Progression.
Unit 4. Variable Pay Schemes.
Unit 5. Benefits and Pensions.
( Remember the Course )
( Unit 6. Non-Financial Reward. Units 7 & 8. Rewarding Directors and Executives . Unit 9. International Reward Management. )
( • 40% Pay Report + • 60% Final Exam )
( Course Assessment )
( Pay Report mark = 42% + Final Exam mark = 57% )Course outcome = 42x(0.40) + 57x(0.60)
( Pay Report mark = 52% + Final Exam mark = 67% )Course outcome = 52x(0.40) + 67x(0.60)
( Course Assessment – mitigation )
( Pay Report mark = 62% + Final Exam mark = 42% )Course outcome = 62x(0.40) + 42x(0.60)
( Pay Report mark = 66% + Final Exam mark = 56% )Course outcome = 66x(0.40) + 56x(0.60)
( Pay Report mark = 64% + Final Exam mark = 74% )Course outcome = 64x(0.40) + 74x(0.60)
( Pay Report mark = 76% + Final Exam mark = 66% )Course outcome = 76x(0.40) + 66x(0.60)
( Two approaches: 1. Sit at home and read over notes and text book, etc. 2. Attempt past exam questions. )
( Revision )
( • Do not over specialise. • DO not panic – think over what we did in class – basically that’s it! • “Think” – a carefully constructed answer is vital. • Write something – blank paper gets ZERO! )
( Summary )