Critically evaluate contemporary organisations and their environments and analyse demographic, social and technological trends and their effects.

management

Description

Human Resource Management in Context

ASSESSMENT BRIEF

 

 

Module Code: HCN                       

Module Leader: Chris Bradshaw

 

 

Assessment Method:

 

Element 1: Group poster presentation 25% (500 words +/- 10%)       

 

Element 2: Individual essay 75% (1,500 words +/- 10%)

 

Deadlines:    Element 1:  Presentation 29/10/2019.  Student Evaluation  12/11/2019

                        Element 2:  13 January 2020  by 4.30 pm

 

 

Learning Outcomes

 

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

1.         Critically evaluate contemporary organisations and their environments and analyse demographic, social and technological trends and their effects.

2.         Critically evaluate how organisational HR strategies are developed in response to internal and external factors.

3.         Synthesise key globalisation and international forces and evaluate how they impact on HR strategies and organisations.

 

Assessment Overview

The assessment for this module consists of two Components:

 

Element 1: Group poster presentation 25% (500 words +/- 10%)

 

Element 2: Individual essay 75% (1,500 words +/- 10%)

 

 

Please note: in order to pass this module, you must achieve an overall mark of 50%. For each Component, 1 and 2, you must have a minimum mark of 40%.

 

A minimum mark of 40% in each Component will mean that you fail this module.

 

Please note that you have to submit both Components.

 

 

 

Element 1

Learning Outcome to be achieved:

 

LO1. Critically evaluate contemporary organisations and their environments and analyse demographic, social and technological trends and their effects.

 

 

Key Elements and Task

Task

Group Poster presentation 500 words or equivalent +/- 10%

 

Elite Publications

 

Elite publications are a small, specialist academic book publisher based in Oxfordshire, UK.  They employ 10 writers, editors and on-line publishing specialists and compete in a very fluid market.  The employees are mostly, UK citizens, although the Finance Director is from Germany and there are some EU and international authors sub-contracted to write books and articles.

The main business of Elite Publications has been directed at the European and North American university market and is targeted to niche areas, often neglected by the larger academic publishing houses.

While hard copies have been provided in the past, using a local supplier for print and distribution, increasingly, Elite are concentrating on the digital market utilising technology to provide e-books and journals.  The business has shown a slow rate of increase over the last 10 years, but this now seems to be under threat from adverse exchange rates and market uncertainty, partly driven by changes to UK university funding and Brexit.

The business in family owned by Alice and Eric Bookbinder, and is operated from a converted barn in their family farm. They also employ people from the nearby Village of Pageturner, (population 136) and have a policy of using local suppliers where possible.

A mini-bus is used to collect employees and a part time driver is employed for this task, she also tends the farm gardens.

Recently, a new mini-supermarket opened in the nearby town of Little Inkwell and they have a growing reputation as a best practice employer as well as aggressive plans to expand throughout Oxfordshire.

Task: Using the STEEPLE (Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, Political, Legal and Ethical) model, critically evaluate and analyse the external factors which could impinge on Elite Publications.

 

 

Submission Method

Via the learning management system as a Power Point presentation. 

Classroom or other resources

None

Special instructions

Each student must summarise, how you contributed to the poster and you will also be asked to provide an assessment of each group member’s contribution to the task. You will be given special sheets by Student Support that will enable you to complete both of these summaries.

 

Please ensure that you follow the instructions on designing a poster presentation appendix 1.

Submission Date

29/10/2019

Use of Turnitin

Yes, all submissions will be electronically checked for plagiarism.

Peer marking

None.

Feedback Date

TBC

Feedback method

In writing via the gradebook.

Instruction Files

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