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SHRM and Disaster Management

Assignment 1

This assessment task is compulsory.

Assessment Task:

SHRM & Disaster Management

Value (Weight):

25% of total assessment

Word Length:

1600 words ± 10%

Learning Outcome(s):

1, 3-5

Assignment Instructions

Take the role of Chief Human Resources Officer for your organisation.  Discuss your organisation's current business strategy and objectives, key workforce demographics, and relevant risk/disaster management policies. 

What was your organisation's SHRM and WH&S response to the COVID-19 pandemic, from March 2020?  How did the pandemic impact your organisation and your business strategy?  Critically analyse whether the organisational response has been a success or a failure, and provide justifications.

What recommendations would you make as CHRO to improve or enhance your organisation's response to COVID-19?  Provide justifications for your recommendations.

Remember to incorporate relevant theory and concepts from this unit in your analysis.

Assignment Resources

Review the Assignment 1 Resources page for helpful templates, presentations, and guides.

Join Assignment 1 Zoom to learn more about the assignment requirements and to ask questions.  This session will be recorded if you cannot attend.

Assignment Guidelines

This assignment is compulsory to submit.

Failure to submit by the due date results in a penalty deduction of 5 percentage points per day or partial day, according to UNE's Assessment Guideline.

You should master Topics 1–3, before attempting this assignment.

You may or may not have the formal role of CHRO in your organisation today. For the purpose of this assignment, you should imagine you are the CHRO.

If you are between employment, you can use your former organisation for this assignment.  Or, you can select an Australian organisation with a prominent media profile (e.g. Telstra, Qantas, Westpac) for this assignment, leveraging publicly available information to write your critical analysis and justifications. 

Formatting Guidelines

 An abstract, introduction, and conclusion are not required.

Use Australian spelling and grammatical conventions in your assignment

Use Australian spelling and grammatical conventions in your assignment.

Remain within the allocated word count range.   Headings, references, the reference list, cover page, and appendices do not form part of the word count.

Use APA Seventh Edition style of referencing for citations in the body of your assignment.  Consult the Academic Skills Office's

APA reference guide for examples and guidance.  Provide a reference list at the end of the assignment, using APA Seventh Edition style.

Assessment Criteria

Marking Criteria

Mark

Organisational context. 

10

COVID-19 response.  Business impact. 

30

Critical analysis of success/failure. 

30

Recommendations and justifications.

20

Quality of presentation  & referencing

10

Total

100

Critical and Conceptual Analysis

Use this scale for:

Organisational context.

Covid-19 response and business impact.

Critical analysis of success/failure.

Recommendations and justifications.

This criterion refers to the breadth and depth of concepts/theories covered relevant to addressing the question; your ability to link relevant concepts throughout your discussion; the ability to apply concepts to the given situation; and the use of relevant examples to illustrate concepts. The following table explains the standards required for this criteria:

Grade

Explanation of criteria

High

distinction

(85-100%)

Extremely thorough coverage of relevant theory/concepts to address all aspects of the question; excellent application of appropriate concepts; excellent illustration of arguments/concepts with relevant examples; excellent links between relevant arguments/concepts.

Distinction

(75-84)

Very good conceptual coverage and clear discussion; one or two unclear arguments or conceptual areas missing; some arguments not always well illustrated with appropriate examples; some linking of relevant arguments/concepts.

Credit (65-

74)

Good coverage of concepts, but a number of key gaps or some aspects of the question not addressed; concepts not always well explained or illustrated appropriately in relation to addressing the question; limited links made between relevant arguments/concepts; arguments not always fully developed.

Pass (50-

64)

Just adequate; limited coverage of relevant theories/concepts; very little analytical use of concepts or linking of relevant concepts; most arguments not well illustrated (i.e. too much reliance on simply discussing theory without sufficient illustration).

Fail (<50)

Extremely poor response; failed to include relevant theories/concepts; failed to address all aspects of the question; failed to illustrate theory/concepts with appropriate examples; incorrect use of appropriate concepts.

Quality of Presentation

Quality of presentation/expression refers to a high level of academic/professional writing, a well structured, well written, and an appropriately referenced response The following table demonstrates the standard required for this criteria:

appropriately referenced response. The following table demonstrates the standard required for this criteria:

Grade

Explanation of criteria

High

distinction

(85-100%)

Extremely high level of academic/professional writing: address all aspects of the question; well structured; clearly written arguments; excellent integration of references; at least three appropriate references used; limited use of direct quoting; correct referencing style; no typos, spelling or grammatical errors.

Distinction

(75-84)

Very good writing style and integration of relevant references; most arguments expressed well; only minor errors in referencing and spelling/grammar.

Credit (65-

74)

Writing style good, but arguments not always clearly expressed or referenced appropriately; too much direct quoting at times rather than paraphrasing of relevant theory; some errors in referencing and spelling/grammar.

Pass (50-

64)

Basic structure with numerous flaws in presentation, arguments often not well explained or supported by references; extensive direct quoting; numerous typos/grammatical errors.

Fail (<50)

Extremely poor structure; most or all arguments poorly expressed/explained; little or no appropriate referencing; numerous spelling and grammatical errors; failure to follow assignment guidelines in relation to presentation and structure.

Once an assignment is submitted, any request to have that assignment reverted to draft status will be referred to the UNE Business School’s Academic Integrity Officer for assessment.

Please read these documents before submitting your assignment.

UNE Assessment Guidelines

Assessments will be marked and feedback provided in line with UNE's Assessment Guidelines. Students should also be aware of the University guidelines on Academic Integrity including University Rules on Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism. Information is available in the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

All assessment tasks are required to be submitted through the TurnItIn Originality checking service unless there are specific instructions in the Assessment Information that require an alternative submission process.

UNE Business School Assessment Information for Students

For information on submission (including late submissions and extensions), return of assignments, and UNE grading system please refer to the UNE Business School Assessment Information for Students. Pay particular attention to the sections on presentation and referencing as this is very important in all UNE Business School units.

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