The work you submit must be in your own words. If you use a quote or an illustration from somewhere you must give the source.
Include a list of references at the end of your document. You must give all your sources of information.
Make sure your work is clearly presented and that you use correct grammar.
Wherever possible use a word processor and its “spell-checker”.
This Unit will be assessed by assignment and an individual portfolio.
You are strongly advised to read “Preparation guidelines of the Coursework Document”
before answering your assignment.
Assignment Context and Scenario:
As a newly appointed Human Resource Manager for your chosen UK-based organisation, you have been tasked with leading on the restructuring of the department as part of organisational change.
The Human Resources (HR) department will be restructured based on the findings of a review report, which you have been asked to complete. You are to review the effectiveness of the HR function within the organisation, researching the role and scope of HR and reviewing and assessing the main HR functions within the organisation. This has to be submitted as a case study report.
The case study assessment report should cover then following:
1. An overview of the organisation.
2. An explanation on the purpose of the HR function and the key roles and responsibilities of the HR function.
3. An assessment of the approach to workforce planning, recruitment and selection, development and training, performance management and reward systems.
4. The approach to and effectiveness of employee relations and employee engagement, and comment on the adoption of flexible organisation and flexible working practice and ‘employer of choice’.
5. Analysis of the internal and external factors that affect Human Resource Management decision-making, including key areas of employment legislation
6. An application of the Human Resource Management practices in a work-related context. What you must do
The following tasks are required to be carried out:
LO1 Explain the purpose and scope of Human Resource Management in terms of resourcing in your chosen organisation with talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives.
Explain the purpose and the functions of HRM, applicable to workforce planning and resources in your chosen organisation. [P1]
To achieve M1, you should assess how the HRM functions in your chosen organisation can provide talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives using appropriate theories and models. Using examples from your chosen organisation, explain the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to recruitment and selection. [P2] To achieve M2, you should evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to recruitment and selection using suitable theories and models.
To achieve D1 you should critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches supported by specific examples and independent judgement. (NB: To obtain D1 you must meet both M1 and M2 criteria).
LO2 Evaluate the effectiveness of the key elements of Human Resource Management in an organisation
Explain how different HRM practices benefit the management and employees of your chosen organisation [P3].
To achieve M3, you should identify and analyse the methods using appropriate models and specific examples of how they benefit both the employers and employees of your chosen organisation. Evaluate the effectiveness of different HRM practices in your chosen organisation in terms of raising organisational profit and productivity [P4].
To achieve D2, you should critically evaluate HRM practices and their application, within the content of your chosen organisation, using a range of specific examples and coherent and lateral thinking. (NB: To obtain D2 you must meet both M3 and M4 criteria). LO3 Analyse internal and external factors that affect Human Resource Management decision-making, including employment legislation Analyse the importance of employee relations in your chosen organisation in respect to influencing HRM decision-making. [P5] Identify the key elements of employment legislation and the impact it has upon HRM decision-making in your chosen organisation. [P6] To achieve M4, you should evaluate the key aspects of employee relations and employment legislations in respect to influencing HRM decision-making with the application of relevant in your chosen organisation. To achieve D3, you should critically evaluate the employee relations and the application of HRM practices that inform and influence decision-making demonstrating convergent/lateral/creative thinking in your organisation. LO4 Apply Human Resource Management practices in a work-related context. As the Human Resource Manager in the Human Resources (HR) department of your chosen organisation, you have been asked to take part in testing the new recruitment and selection process. You have been asked to work in a small team (3–4 members) to design a job specification for a particular job role and then you will take part in an interview simulation for a job role advertised by another team. The aim of your team is to test the recruitment and selection process and each complete an individual document portfolio to submit. The document portfolio should include:
1. The design of a job specification for one of a number of given positions in the organisation.
2. A CV for each student, tailored to apply for one of the positions advertised by another team.
3. Documentation of preparatory notes for interviews, interview notes based on selection criteria and a justified decision of the candidate selected.
4. A job offer to the selected candidate.
5. An evaluation of the process and the rationale for conducting appropriate HR practices. Illustrate the application of HRM practices in a work-related context, using specific examples from your chosen organisation [P7]. To achieve M5, you should provide a rationale for the application of specific HRM practices based on your chosen organisation.
To achieve D3, you should critically evaluate employee relations and the application of HRM practices that inform and influence decision-making in your organisation.