Assessments: Organisational Context of HR

Assessment 1

This assessment provides an opportunity to develop your understanding of key concepts and theories in organisational behaviour, your critical reflection skills, and your ability to apply knowledge into practice.

Please answer one of the following questions in the form of a written report:


  1. Where there are mutual gains to be had from both parties – flexibility cannot be unequivocally good from an employee perspective” (Wilton, 2011, p107). Critically discuss the above quote, with reference to all age demographics, citing appropriate corporate examples.


  1. Scientific management still has relevance today. Discuss and critically evaluate this statement using case studies and the appropriate theory to inform your assertions.


  1. Select two political, social or technological changes, and using theory and case examples, critically analyse their current and likely future impacts on HRM practice.



Guidance Notes:

Word Count: This should be approximately 3000 words (+/-10%)

Submission Date:14th November 2016 (By 4.00 pm)

Style and Structure: You are required to present this in a report format including and executive summary, introduction, conclusion, full reference list and references. All sources used should be referenced using the Harvard referencing system and you should seek to include at least ten references within your report.

Critical analysis and use of relevant literature: There are a number of sources listed within the appropriate units/master class handouts that will be useful in researching and compiling your answers but you should seek out additional material that is relevant to your chosen question. Please consult the marking criteria before writing your report and note the requirement to evaluate and analyse material rather than simply describing it. You should also aim to present a report that contains a coherent and well-structured argument which clearly addresses the specific question posed. Please do not present generalised answers which make little attempt to differentiate between relevant or irrelevant material and/or fail to reach any conclusions.

Please refer to the assessment criteria in the table below when constructing your report.


  Distinction Pass Fail
Presentation (10%) Effective report style and layout with neat legible presentation; correct spelling; grammar and punctuation accurate; meaning clear and fluid with an articulate academic writing style. Effective report style and lay out; neat legible presentation; occasional spelling errors; grammar and punctuation are mainly accurate; meaning coherent and generally fluent writing style. Poor report style and lay out; untidy and difficult to read; much incorrect spelling; poor grammar and punctuation; meaning unclear; language lacks fluency.




Inclusion of extensive appropriate and current literature which is accurately integrated into the text; all citations acknowledged; recognised citation method used consistently. Evidence of appropriate literature, which is accurately integrated into the text; most sources acknowledged; recognised citation method used consistently. Literature either not consulted or is not relevant to the discussion; citation method very poorly and/or not used.
Critical Thinking- Knowledge & understanding of the topic area


Demonstrates considerable knowledge of relevant literature with the ability to draw on less obvious sources and go beyond these to new insights/perspectives. Well developed ability at linking information from multiple sources and presentation of a sophisticated and coherent portfolio Demonstrates some ability to identify and link together information from a range of appropriate sources. Arguments are clearly stated and there is some evidence of knowledge of current developments. Knowledge and understanding appears incomplete or superficial; demonstrates little ability to link and integrate knowledge from a range of areas or to develop coherent arguments.

Critical Reflection and Analysis


Thorough analysis of chosen topic, identifying a range of relevant issues, which includes some less obvious matters. Highly developed integration of theory with in-depth understanding of issues related to organisational practice. (including from within own organisation if relevant/appropriate).   Demonstrates highly developed ability to critique research findings. Analysis of chosen topic has clearly taken place and a range of relevant issues are identified. Some evidence of integration of theory with understanding of issues related to organisational practice (including from within own organisation if relevant/appropriate).  Demonstrates some ability to critique research findings. Analysis of the chosen topic is superficial and limited in scope. Limited evidence of integration of theory with little understanding of issues related to organisational practice. Inability to critique research findings.




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