Human Resource Management (Assignment 2)

Indicative Assessment Requirements for the Module;-

You are required to complete the following task and submit your essay in the format provided below


Employee engagement is a key element of talent management: engaged employees feel positive about their job and identify with the organization (Robinson et al., 2004) and are less likely to leave (Harter et al., 2002).

Critically analyze different factors which promote employee engagement within an organization.


Maximum Word Limit and Assessment weighting for each aspect within the assessment:

• Individual assessment contribution (an individual set of supporting documentation from each student equivalent to 2000 words absolute maximum); Assessment Weighting 100%

Please ensure that your assignment incorporates:

• Abstract (5 Marks 200 Words)

• A table of contents

• A list of figures and/ or list of tables and / or list of abbreviations where appropriate

• Introduction (10 Marks 300 words)

• Literature Review & Critical Analysis (60 Marks 1200 words)

• Conclusions/Recommendations (15 Marks 300 words)

• References / Presentation (10 Marks)

• Bibliography

• Appendices if appropriate

Description of Assessment Requirements

The ESSAY should be based on the following outline:

1. Abstract: A statement of what you were asked to review and the key aspect of what you would recommend (5 Marks and 200 words)

2. Introduction: A clear and concise introduction chapter which covers the background, scope and the purpose of the assignment.

(10 Marks and 300 words)

3. Main Body:(60 marks and 1200 words)

The essay should have a brief literature review on Employee Engagement and also should critically evaluate different factors which promote employee engagement within an organization.

4. Conclusions/Recommendations: What did you find, these should be related specifically to your objectives (15 marks and 300 words)

A further 10 Marks are awarded for Structural, Construction and Referencing demonstrations.


Module Learning Outcomes to be Assessed:-

• Understand the impact of personnel, structural and cultural strategies on organisational performance

• Utilise Internet Technology to conduct research on Human Resource topics

• Critically review scholarly articles and material

Description of Assessment Requirements

• All assignments must be word processed – handwritten assignments will attract an automatic FAIL grade.

• Assignments will be graded on the basis of research done, analysis of the facts collated, stand taken and the justification of the stand.

• All research must be referenced using the Harvard Style of Referencing and a Reference and Bibliography list attached. Improper or lack of either of these constitutes plagiarism and students will be awarded a Zero.

• Students found copying from other students will also be charged with collusion and awarded a Zero.

Notes on Plagiarism & Harvard Referencing


Plagiarism is passing off the work of others as your own. This constitutes academic theft and is a serious matter which is penalized in assignment marking.

Plagiarism is the submission of an item of assessment containing elements of work produced by another person(s) in such a way that it could be assumed to be the student’s own work. Examples of plagiarism are:

• The verbatim copying of another person’s work without acknowledgement

• The close paraphrasing of another person’s work by simply changing a few words or altering the order of presentation without acknowledgement

• The unacknowledged quotation of phrases from another person’s work and/or the presentation of another person’s idea(s) as one’s own.

Copying or close paraphrasing with occasional acknowledgement of the source may also be deemed to be plagiarism is the absence of quotation marks implies that the phraseology is the student’s own.

Plagiarised work may belong to another student or be from a published source such as a book, report, journal or material available on the internet.

Harvard Referencing

The structure of a citation under the Harvard referencing system is the author’s surname, year of publication, and page number or range, in parentheses, as illustrated in the Smith example near the top of this article.

• The page number or page range is omitted if the entire work is cited. The author’s surname is omitted if it appears in the text. Thus we may say: “Jones (2001) revolutionized the field of trauma surgery.”

• Two or three authors are cited using “and” or “&”: (Deane, Smith, and Jones, 1991) or (Deane, Smith & Jones, 1991). More than three authors are cited using et al. (Deane et al. 1992).

• An unknown date is cited as no date (Deane n.d.). A reference to a reprint is cited with the original publication date in square brackets (Marx [1867] 1967, p. 90).

• If an author published two books in 2005, the year of the first (in the alphabetic order of the references) is cited and referenced as 2005a, the second as 2005b.

• A citation is placed wherever appropriate in or after the sentence. If it is at the end of a sentence, it is placed before the period, but a citation for an entire block quote immediately follows the period at the end of the block since the citation is not an actual part of the quotation itself.

• Complete citations are provided in alphabetical order in a section following the text, usually designated as “Works cited” or “References”. The difference between a “works cited” or “references” list and a bibliography is that a bibliography may include works not directly cited in the text.

• All citations are in the same font as the main text.


Examples of book references are:

• Smith, J. (2005a). Dutch Citing Practices. The Hague: Holland Research Foundation.

• Smith, J. (2005b). Harvard Referencing. London: Jolly Good Publishing.

In giving the city of publication, an internationally well-known city (such as London, The Hague, or New York) is referenced as the city alone. If the city is not internationally well known, the country (or state and country if in the U.S.) are given.

Examples of journal references are:

• Smith, John Maynard. “The origin of altruism,” Nature 393, 1998, pp. 639-40.

• Bowcott, Owen. “Street Protest”, The Guardian,October 18, 2005, accessed February 7, 2006.


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