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Task Using relevant research/academic literature on HRM that you have read so far, prepare a critical review of one (1) of the following HR

Using relevant research/academic literature on HRM that you have read so far, prepare a
critical review of one (1) of the following HR activities that warrants remedial action in
the organisation you are working for (or have worked for in the past):
• training and development
• occupational health and safety
• attraction and retention of staff
With the support of research/academic literature, you are required to:
• summarize an HR issue/problem that you’ve identified in the activity area;
• justify why it is important for management to take action to address the issue/
problem raised, having regard to its impacts on performance in the organisation (at
multiple levels, if this is appropriate);
• taking into consideration constraints that exist in the organization, use research/
academic literature to analyze and assess possible strategies for managing the issue/
• recommend policies and actions based on this assessment. Justify your
• be persuasive in your arguments.

Marking criteria
This assignment is essentially about the management of a practical HR issue. You are
using research/academic literature to conduct your analysis Particular importance will be
given to the quality of your arguments on ways of effectively managing the issue that
you have chosen to analyze. In addition, your assignment will be evaluated upon:
• answer the question set, kept to the topic and covered only relevant issues;
• good use of evidence (academic literature) to justify and support your arguments,
sufficient application of academic literature is vital (please try to demonstrate your
understanding of the literature by discussing research and findings, not just
providing a citation(s) to accompany a one line précis of a research result;
• sourcing at least 60% of your references from academic journals;
• applying relevant theories;
• building a sound argument using analysis, explanation and interpretation;
• original thinking based on clearly evaluated evidence and logic; sources were
treated critically and carefully, acknowledging their subjectivity, strengths and
• taking a critical orientation to the topic, theories and readings;
• providing an overarching, well structured, clear and consistent line of reasoning
across the assignment including an effective introduction and conclusion;
• a clear, coherent structure in the essay, quality of expression and correct use of the
Harvard referencing method as explained in the study materials provided.
• Avoid ‘cutting and pasting' (copying) verbatim paragraphs and long quotations
from source materials. Cut and paste excerpts will be crossed out and will not be
considered as part of the essay.

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