HRMT19016 Contemporary HRM Issues

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HRMT19016 Contemporary HRM Issues

Assessment task 2—Business Case. Assessment details for all students

Assessment task 2—Business Case (Group work)

Due date:Business Case: 11:45PM AEST, Monday 11 May 2019 (Week 9)ASSESSMENT 
Length:1600 words ±10% (excluding reference list and any appendices)2 
Submission:Online via Moodle 


This assessment task relates to UNIT learning outcomes numbers 3 and 4.

Before starting this assessment please also refer to the Assessment 2 Business Case information provided on Moodle.


HRMT19016 Contemporary HRM Issues

This assessment task gives students the opportunity to apply HRM frameworks and models to relevant HRM issues in the contemporary workplace. This assessment also provides students with the opportunity to enhance their research, analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills, particularly in the areas of developing argument in the context of writing a Business Case.

Task Details

You are required to write a BUSINESS CASE. You are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature (peer reviewed journals) relevant to the topic and evidence your argument from scholarly sources as well as other relevant reference material.

The Australian Human Rights Commission reports that a growing number of organisations recognise that flexible work arrangements are vital to the successful recruitment and retention of their employees. It is said that a culture of flexible work practices can deliver real benefits to the team and to the business. There also is provision under Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) for some employees to have the right to ask for flexible work arrangements.

As a group (2 members) , In your roles as Senior HR Advisors, you are to write a Business Case for the Executive Management Group of your organisation seeking approval to formally introduce flexible work arrangements. The scope and extent of the Business Case should reflect your selected organisational context and be responsive to the key respective stakeholders’ needs, cognisant of the financial implications for the business. Your Business Case should include a Flexible Work Arrangements Policy, and place it in an Appendix, and ensure you discuss in the body of the Business Case.

Your Business Case should follow the Guide provided on Moodle.

Additional Information

Review the journals you selected for Assessment 1 – Annotated Bibliography and where relevant ensure you use this research in the development of your Business Case. You will need to undertake additional research of business and government sources, including legislation, as well as the academic literature to

HRMT19016 Contemporary HRM Issues

Assessment task 2—Business Case. Assessment details for all students

comprehensively respond to this task. You may use readings posted on Moodle in addition to your research.

This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of the relevant human resource issues in the contemporary workplace You will be expected to present information and evidence from, and cite, relevant academic peer reviewed journal articles. You must undertake research more broadly than articles posted on Moodle, however you may also use articles from Moodle. The MINIMUM TO PASS this criterion [12.5/25] is five (5) relevant academic peer reviewed journal articles (which are not drawn from Moodle). The nature and quality of your research impacts your analysis and application, therefore if you are seeking a potentially higher grade then you need to ensure that you research significantly more than the minimum requirements of the academic literature as well as other reliable sources including business press publications and industry sources. Keep your research from 2013 onwards. A reference list is compulsory and it MUST be prepared according to the  APA Referencing Guide. DO NOT include a bibliography.

Your marker is interested in the argument and critical analysis that you have developed from YOUR review of the literature and how well you use the literature to respond to the topic. There should be minimal use, if any, of direct quotes, and you should be paraphrasing. The in text referencing must be appropriate and sufficient in each paragraph and throughout the Business Case.

Assessment item 3- Marking criteria for the Business Case.

Submissions will be assessed on the extent to which they meet each of the following criteria:

Does your Business Case demonstrate:Weighting
Group Registration: Registration of the group members on Moodle by the required date. 
Research The Business Case demonstrates extensive research and understanding of the relevant 
material. Students should have a minimum of five (5) academic peer reviewed journal articles 
between 2013 and now to be eligible for a pass [12.5/25] on this criterion). The research is used in 
an integrated manner to evidence the Business Case.25%
Analysis The Business Case demonstrates critical analysis and provides a clearly integrated and 
well-developed argument throughout and includes supported recommendations. 
Application of literature/theory: The Business Case demonstrates application of the relevant 
concepts, frameworks and theories to the topic. Specific examples from industry/organisations 
have been incorporated to highlight application in the real world setting to support the Business 
Referencing: The reference list and in text referencing throughout the Business Case complies with 
the referencing protocol of the  APA Referencing Guide. The referencing is appropriate and 
sufficient throughout the Business Case. 
Presentation: The Business Case is appropriately structured, includes a well-formulated 
introduction and conclusion, uses relevant topic headings in the body, recommendations are 
stated, references are included. 
Communication: The Business Case uses clear and concise communication, structures sentences 
appropriately, uses appropriate language, grammar, spelling (Australian English), and punctuation; 
paragraphs are written in third person. 

Your submission will be marked out of 100 (as above) and converted to a mark out of 30 as per the Assessment weighting. The mark out of 30 will be recorded on Moodle.