Instructions to students
General: • The Harvard Style of Referencing system is COMPULSORY. See ‘Notes on Plagiarism & Harvard Referencing’ for more information.
• Students who have been found to have committed acts of Plagiarism are automatically considered to have failed the entire term. If found to have breached the regulation for the second time, they will be asked to leave the course.
• Plagiarism involves taking someone else’s words, thoughts, ideas or essays from online essay banks and trying to pass them off as your own. It is a form of cheating which is taken very seriously. Take care of your work and keep it safe. Don’t leave it lying around where your classmates can find it.
Format of assessment: • Cover page should include name, student number, unit number, unit name, assessment number, assessment name, and date (you can download this from Moodle)
• Use Arial or Times New Roman, 12 pt. font
• Double spacing
• Double justification of text
• Headers and footers on all pages other than the cover page – headers and footers should contain your name and student number, the unit number and name, and a page number
• Failure to adhere to the stipulated format, a penalty of marks reduction will be imposed.
• If you have any questions about the assessment, ask your lecturer, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: Identify and research an organisation of your choice which has a presence throughout Australia. As an external ‘HR consultant’, identify and undertake an analysis of the following functions, demonstrating how these functions have contributed to the success or otherwise of the organisation. As part of your analysis, discuss how senior management could make recommendations for improvement.
• HR strategies &
• Human Resource Development (Training)
Give appropriate recommendations based on your analysis so that it can have a positive impact on the company`s performance. Your report should highlight examples to effectively illustrate your overall analysis.
Guidelines: • Thorough literature review must be evident.
• Discussion on the HR practices and strategies that needs to be undertaken when environmental factors affect organizations should be evident.
• There must be sufficient linkage between theory and practice.
• Harvard style of references should be used
Structure and weighting criteria of the assessment: Please ensure that your assessment has all these required sections (failure to do so would subject to a penalty of loss of marks):
Official EEI Cover Sheet Must be fully completed with ‘actual’ signature (NO typed in signature allowed)
Table of contents This is mandatory to highlight each series of structured headings in the assessment. Page numbering is a requirement and listing must be reflecting accuracy.
List of figures and/ or tables where appropriate
1.0 Introduction Choose a ‘real’ case study and provide: Weighting
1.1 Background of the company 15%
1.2 Company objectives (vision/ mission)
1.3 Current business performance
2.0 Body of discussion 2.1 HR strategies 25%
Use of diagrams/ models, tables and charts 5%
3.0 Conclusion 3.1 Conclusive thoughts on case study’s practice 30%
3.2 Critical analysis in comparison with another case
3.3 Recommendations for future applications/ strategies
Use of diagrams/ models, tables and charts 5%
References List of references should at least ten (10) sources of information and must adhere to the Harvard referencing format 20%
Appendices If appropriate
Notes on Plagiarism & Harvard Referencing
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is passing off the work of others as your own. This constitutes academic theft and is a serious matter which is penalised in assessment marking.
Plagiarism is the submission of an item of assessment containing elements of work produced by another person(s) in such a way that it could be assumed to be the student’s own work. Examples of plagiarism are:
• The verbatim copying of another person’s work without acknowledgement
• The close paraphrasing of another person’s work by simply changing a few words or altering the order of presentation without acknowledgement
• The unacknowledged quotation of phrases from another person’s work and/or the presentation of another person’s idea(s) as one’s own.
Copying or close paraphrasing with occasional acknowledgement of the source may also be deemed to be plagiarism if the absence of quotation marks implies that the phraseology is the student’s own. Plagiarised work may belong to another student or be from a published source such as a book, report, journal or material available on the internet.
Harvard Referencing: The structure of a citation under the Harvard referencing system is the author's surname, year of publication, and page number or range, in parentheses, as illustrated in the Smith example near the top of this article.
• The page number or page range is omitted if the entire work is cited. The author's surname is omitted if it appears in the text. Thus, we may say: -Jones (2001) revolutionized the field of trauma surgery.-
• Two or three authors are cited using -and- or -&-: (Deane, Smith, and Jones, 1991) or (Deane, Smith & Jones, 1991). More than three authors are cited using et al. (Deane et al. 1992).
• An unknown date is cited as no date (Deane n.d.). A reference to a reprint is cited with the original publication date in square brackets (Marx  1967, p. 90).
• If an author published two books in 2005, the year of the first (in the alphabetic order of the references) is cited and referenced as 2005a, the second as 2005b.
• A citation is placed wherever appropriate in or after the sentence. If it is at the end of a sentence, it is placed before the period, but a citation for an entire block quote immediately follows the period at the end of the block since the citation is not an actual part of the quotation itself.
• Complete citations are provided in alphabetical order in a section following the text, usually designated as -Works cited- or -References.- The difference between a -works cited- or -references- list and a bibliography is that a bibliography may include works not directly cited in the text.
• All citations are in the same font as the main text.
Examples: Examples of book references are:
• Smith, J. (2005a). Dutch Citing Practices. The Hague: Holland Research Foundation.
• Smith, J. (2005b). Harvard Referencing. London: Jolly Good Publishing.
An example of a journal reference:
• Smith, John Maynard. -The origin of altruism,- Nature 393, 1998, pp. 639–40.
An example of a newspaper reference:
• Bowcott, Owen. -Street Protest”, The Guardian, October 18, 2005, accessed February 7, 2006.
Assessment Grading Criteria
Assessment sections Weighting Mediocre effort Fair effort Good effort Outstanding effort Total
Introduction 15% Gives enough to tell
what the topic is but little prioritizing Describes topic, refers
to past work, what is
proposed to do here As in fair effort, but shows what past work has done/not done; logical progression to
topic Interesting and complex account to why this topic, what questions need to be addressed, foretaste of original contribution
1 - 3 5 - 7 9 - 11 13 - 15
Body of discussion 30% Some relevant points in descriptive lists, mainly either pro or con More relevant points
drawn from literature, lists both pros and cons, but has difficulty in making a convincing case Most/all relevant points from mainstream literature; uses appropriate structure to resolve issues in convincing argument. As in good effort, but makes an original case in own voice, well supported by resources/ references going well beyond the mainstream literature
1 - 7 9 - 15 17 - 22 24 - 30
Conclusions 35% Summary is a list of either pros and cons leading to a lopsided conclusion Summary recognizes
differences but unable
to resolve them, weak
conclusion or jumps to
conclusion Summary is balanced
leading to a well-reasoned
conclusion Summary leads to a surprise or original conclusion generating new issues
1 - 8 10 - 18 19 - 26 28 - 35
References 20% Sparse; little evidence of library skills
Incorrect formatting Evidence of some search skills
Standard references in mostly correct formatting Comprehensive, showing care in researching the issue, format correct and clear As in good effort, but uses unusual
references to bolster an original argument
Formatting as in good effort
1 - 4 6 - 10 12 - 14 16 - 20