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Assignment for Using Information in Human Resources (5UIN/02) Learning Outcomes This assignment is designed to assess the following learning outcomes. 1. Understand the research process and different research approaches. 2. Be able to conduct a critical review of information sources in an area of HR/business practice and analyse the findings. 3. Be able to draw meaningful conclusions and evaluate options for change. 4. Know how to deliver clear, business-focused reports on an HR issue. Assessment Brief Assessment Criteria Your CEO has asked each departmental head to undertake a critical review of their systems, processes and practices as part of a major organisational change agenda. You have been asked to review an area of HR/business 4.1 practice and present a business report to key stakeholders with recommendations for improving practice. To provide the basis for your report, you have been asked to conduct a critical review of information sources relevant to the area of practice. You should:  Select an area of HR/business practice and give the reason for your choice 2.1  Undertake a critical review of different information sources (at least three) e.g. research digests, academic and professional literature, online 2.2 databases, key texts relevant to the selected area of practice.  In your write up of the literature review you should explain why you selected that particular source and highlight some of the different research approaches adopted by the authors and comment on the 1.1 advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches.  Draw meaningful conclusions from the review of the different information sources.  Make justified recommendations to named stakeholders for sustaining and/or improving practice. 3.1 Your report structure should include:  Title page (report title and their name, submission date)  Executive summary (overview, methods of analysis, findings, recommendations)  Table of contents (list of numbered sections)  Introduction (terms of reference)  Main body (headings and sub-headings – these could be for each information source reviewed). Candidates should use a mix of narrative and diagrammatic formats where appropriate to present their findings.  Conclusion (including major inferences and recommendations for change)  Reference list  Appendix if used i.e. information supporting their analysis but not essential to its explanation. Evidence to be produced A written business report for stakeholders of approximately 2500 words. You should relate academic concepts, theories and professional practice to the way organisations operate, in a critical and informed way, and with reference to key texts, articles and other publications and by using organisational examples for illustration. All reference sources should be acknowledged correctly and a bibliography provided where appropriate. CIPD Learning Resources for Using Information in Human Resources This section provides suggestions for suitable resources for this unit. The list is indicative only and should not be considered as prescriptive or exhaustive. Essential reading 1. TAYLOR, S. and WOODHAMS, C. (2012) Studying Human Resource Management. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Key textbooks 1. ANDERSON, V. (2013) Research methods in human resource management: investigating a business issue. 3rd ed. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 2. CAMERON, S. and PRICE, D. (2009) Business research methods: a practical approach. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 3. EASTERBY-SMITH, M., THORPE, R. and JACKSON, P. (2012) Management research. 4th ed. London: Sage. 4. HORN, R. (2009) The business skills handbook. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 5. HORN, R. (2012) Researching and writing dissertations: a complete guide for business and management students. 2nd ed. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 6. MARCHINGTON, M. and WILKINSON, A. (2012) Human resource management at work. 5th ed. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 7. SILVERMAN, D. (2007) A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about qualitative research. London: Sage. Key journals 1. Employee Relations 2. Human Resource Management Journal - Available at: www.cipd.co.uk/journals 3. International Journal of Human Resource Management - Available at: www.cipd.co.uk/journals 4. People Management - Available at: www.cipd.co.uk/pm 5. Per

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