|Division of Management Work and Organisation|
HRMU9S3 Fundamentals of HRM Autumn 2020
PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the detail contained within this hand out, it is your responsibility to read and understand the information provided within the programme’s Canvas site. In particular, please pay close attention to the plagiarism documents.
Module Assessment Brief
This module is assessed by 3 components:
Essay worth 40% of your overall module mark
Audio Podcast 20% of your overall mark
Online Exam worth 40% of your overall module mark
The assessment will cover the following Module Learning Outcomes:
|Audio podcast||Summative||20%||LO1, LO2, LO4, LO6|
|Essay||Summative||40%||LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4,LO5, LO6, LO7|
|Online exam||Summative||40%||LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4,LO5, LO6, LO7|
Assessment 1: AUDIO PODCAST
An audio podcast (20%) – which are prepared in pairs within study groups – are assessed based on participation, preparation and the academic quality of students’ explanation of a key concept from the module. The podcast recording aims to develop students’ understanding of topics covered in the lectures in greater detail. These sessions encourage students to prepare, participate and develop conceptual understanding and the ability to communicate it.
Study Group 1: Discuss how HR can contribute to business success.
Study Group 2: After a meeting of the works council the chief executive turned to you and said, ‘I’m worried, they don’t seem to trust us. What can we do about it?’ Prepare a podcast to explain what needs to be done to build trust in the employment relationship.
Study Group 3: Outline they key stages in the evolution of modern Human Resource Management and explain the impact of this evolution on business performance.
Your podcast should be submitted electronically by 11.00 am on SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2020 via CANVAS.
Assessment 2: ESSAY
For the essay component (40%), students are required to answer 1 essay question from a choice of 4. The questions are generally based around the functional areas of HRM. The essay questions fit the learning outcomes stipulated in the module outline. The essay enables students to develop their abilities in searching for relevant topic information, synthesising information and developing coherent arguments. This form of assessment also helps students to develop their skills in time management, written communication and organisational skills. The word length (2500-3000) provides students with the opportunity to write a well-developed and detailed answer in response to the chosen essay question.
You should address ONE of the questions given below and write a 2500 (+/- 10%) report.
Your assignment will be marked by the following assessment criteria:
Please note the following additional requirements:
Your assignment should be submitted electronically by 11.00 am on SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2020 via CANVAS. Please ensure that your student registration number and module code are stated on every page of your assignment (either in the header or footer). The assignment will automatically be uploaded into Turnitin on Canvas. It is the individual responsibility of each student to ensure that there is a low similarity index score. A high similarity index score must be investigated and rectified by the student prior to final submission of the assignment.
Information on how to use Turnitin can be found at: http://www.plagiarism.stir.ac.uk/moreinfo.php
ASSESSMENT 3: EXAM
The online examination (40%) fits the learning outcomes stipulated in the module outline. The 48 hour examination enables students to further develop their understanding of topics covered in the module. This form of assessment also encourages students to develop their skills in time management, written communication and organisational skills.
The two-hour examination enables you to further develop your understanding of topics covered in the module. This form of assessment also encourages you to develop your skills in time management, written communication and organisational skills.
You are required to answer TWO questions out of a choice of six. All questions carry equal marks.
Your Essay will be marked against the following rubric:
|Criterion||Mark and Comment|
|Use of resources as evidence to support your argument.
E.g. books, journal articles and online
|Quality of the written presentation.
E.g. clarity, coherence, grammatical
accuracy, tone and style, correct and
consistent referencing in the Harvard format
|Quality of the argument put forward.
E.g. evidence to support points made clear structure with logical progression from one point to the next, evidence of understanding of issues, logical conclusion.
|Points for Development|
Your assignment must be submitted by 11:00 hrs on FRIDAY 20 November 2020 via the assignment submission link in the module Canvas site. Please ensure that your student registration number and module code are stated on every page of your assignment (either in the header or footer). An assignment cover sheet should be completed and attached to the front of your assignment. Cover sheets will be available via the module Canvas site. It is the individual responsibility of each student to ensure that their submitted work is free from plagiarism and due acknowledgement is given to all sources. For details on plagiarism including the University’s policy on plagiarism, students should consult http://www.plagiarism.stir.ac.uk/index.php. Once marked, you will receive your grade and feedback on your assignment via the module Canvas site.
Guidelines for podcast
Social distancing means face-to-face group presentations aren’t on the cards right now. Therefore, to give you experience of how work activities will be conducted over coming months, and maybe longer we are asking you to record your podcast remotely from the comfort of your own home.
You’ll probably have a few questions about how to record interviews remotely:
Do I need a mic? How can I create a good recording environment at home? What software do I need? Can I record video remotely too? What’s the quickest way to edit my podcast?
In this guidance, we’ll cover everything you need to know to record and publish high-quality audio (and video) at home. From equipment and setting up your recording space, right through to editing and post-production.
If you have a microphone use it! The sound quality is much better. If you have one that you use for gaming, these work well.
Headphones are really important for remote recording. Both you and your partner/s should aim to use them to prevent your mics picking up feedback. The quality of your headphones doesn’t matter, so if you already have a pair of earbuds, feel free to use those.
Headphones also give you more control over the sound so you can make adjustments on the fly. If things sound a bit muffled, move away, or draw the mic closer if your voice sounds distant. Your headphones will also let you know if you’re picking up any ambient background noise.
Setting Up Your Home Recording Environment
You don’t need to soundproof entire rooms. But make sure you choose a nice quiet space where you’re unlikely to pick up pesky background noises. Move fans and other things that make a lot of noise into another room, or switch them off if possible. Recording in a room that’s carpeted can also help as it dampens echoes.
You might want to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door when you’re recording to stop others in your home accidentally walking in during your recording (although we can’t guarantee young kids, flat mates or even parents will pay any attention!).
Recording Audio Podcast
Any Teams meeting or call can be recorded to capture audio, video, and screen sharing activity. The recording happens in the cloud, and it is saved so you can share it securely.
Record a meeting or call
Start or join the meeting.
To start recording, go to the meeting controls and select More options More options button > Start recording.
Everyone in the meeting is notified that recording has started.
To stop recording, go to the meeting controls and select More options More options button > Stop recording.
The recording is then processed and saved to SharePoint if it was a channel meeting or OneDrive if it was any other type of meeting.
Play a meeting recording
If you were part of the meeting, go to the chat history (or channel conversation, if it was a channel meeting) in Teams and click on the meeting recording to play it.
You can also select More actions More options button on the meeting recording and choose Open in OneDrive if it was a chat meeting, or Open in SharePoint if it was a channel meeting.
For non-channel meetings, the recording will be stored in the Recordings folder in the OneDrive directory of the person who started the recording.
Share a link to a meeting recording with others
If you recorded or organised the meeting, you can share the recording with people who weren’t invited to the meeting—by just sharing it like you would share any other file.
Just find the file in OneDrive or SharePoint and share it directly with people or copy a link and share it however you like.
If you weren’t the person who recorded or organized the meeting, you can still share the recording with people weren’t invited to the meeting. However, the meeting organiser or the meeting recorder will need to approve your share action before other people will get access.
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