Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management

Article Critique
Value: 10%
Due date: 16-Aug-2015
Return date: 06-Sep-2015
Length: 500 words
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The role of the HR professional has changed continually since its emergence in response to the changing requirements of organisations (both internal and external).

Review the following article by Sheehan and De Cieri (2012), and critique the current role of the HR professional in Australia.

Sheehan, C & De Cieri, H (2012) Charting the strategic trajectory of the Australian HR professional. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. 50. pp. 151-168.

In examining the current roles of the HR professional, do you think they reflect the projections made by Sheehan and De Cieri (2012)? In what areas do they correspond or differ? Why do you think this might be?

During the course of this subject you will be examining a number of different ideas on human resource management and the impact these have on employees in the workplace. Much of what you read about will be familiar to you as you have seen it going on around you in the workplace, or been part of such interactions yourself. However, you need to think critically about what you are reading and seeing. Do you agree with what is being proposed? Do you see something different happening in your workplace? Why might differences in theory and practice exist?

This assignment will assist you in preparing for Assignment 2, in which you are asked to examine the state of HR in Australia, as it touches upon issues which affect how HRM is perceived and practiced in Australia. It would be a good idea to look ahead at Assignment 2 as you prepare this assignment.

Marking criteria

High Distinction
Content of assignment (50%) (breadth/depth of knowledge, focus on topic, support of arguments).
· Demonstrates understanding of the issues raised in the article
· Considers needs of business in relation to HRM and its role.
· Provides a balanced critique of issues and arguments raised in the article
· Provides support for observations and opinions.
· Discussion is focussed on the requirements of the question (ie. does not noticeably digress from the topic and incorporate irrelevant issues).
Clear and exact understanding, interpretation and presentation of ideas and arguments relevant to the assignment task.
Shows evidence of a critical analysis and assessment of the article under review.
Demonstrates appropriate selection and integration of ideas and theory relevant to the issues debated.
Demonstrates breadth and depth of understanding and has insights and awareness of deeper more subtle aspects of the topic content.
Evidence of originality and independent thought.
A comprehensive exploration of the topic, with sound critical comment and a personal synthesis of the issues examined.
Some evidence of critical analysis and evaluation of the issues presented in the article; but could be further developed to demonstrate their impact on the role of the HR professional.
Demonstrates understanding, interpretation and presentation of ideas and arguments.
Detailed support provided from literature.
A fuller, more systematic exploration of the article, which includes an attempt at critical comment, analysis and evaluation of ideas.
Regular support provided from the literature.
An attempt to relate the ideas in the article to the needs of contemporary business and the role of HRM.
Few presentation flaws.
A reasonably balanced summary of the issues reflected in the article and pertinent to the topic.
Some attempt at analysis and evaluation of ideas.
Some explanation, illustration and support for arguments presented is provided from the literature.
Presentation meets most of the main protocols.
Topic not fully covered.
Reliance on views presented in article.
No evidence of critical consideration of ideas presented in the article.
Discussion too brief. Overuse of quotations, with little explanation.
Insufficient support from literature.
Development of argument (30%)
(Includes: Organisation of ideas, logical argument, use of support/evidence)
· Use of correctly structured argument
· Critique addresses issues clearly, and develops a relevant line of argument
· Discussion/argument is presented, developed and supported in a standard appropriate to level of study.
Main arguments and conclusions outlined in the opening paragraph.
Provides strong, clearly articulated arguments, with supporting evidence from literature and/or real world examples.
Provides a reasoned critique of the issues presented in the article.
Fluent writing style appropriate to the assessment tasks.
Main points discussed in logically sequential paragraphs.
Summary in final paragraph.
Main arguments and conclusions outlined in the opening paragraph.
Main points of the discussion are examined critically, ideas synthesised well to produce a logically constructed and supported argument.
Fluent writing style appropriate to the assessment tasks.
Main points discussed in logically sequential paragraphs.
Summary in final paragraph.
Main arguments and conclusions outlined in the opening paragraph.
Demonstrated knowledge of principles and concepts relevant to topic.
Relevant key theories and ideas explored in a manner appropriate to the assignment.
Demonstrated a thorough understanding of material presented in the article and study materials.
Main arguments and conclusions outlined in the opening paragraph.
Definitions provided in the context of the discussion.
Main points discussed in logically sequential paragraphs.
Summary in final paragraph.
Opening paragraph simply restates the topic.
No direction/outline of intended discussion provided for the reader.
Some major aspect of the topic missed.
Ideas/opinions stated, but not explained or developed.
Evidence of research and reading (15%) (references used, correct referencing/citation)
· Discussion demonstrates evidence of reading beyond the study materials
· Suitable references used to enhance and support issues raised in the discussion
· Source material has been cited and referenced correctly
Evidence of having researched/read more widely beyond the core material.
Research has been integrated well to support and develop argument.
Accurate referencing and citation (almost flawless).
Evidence of having read beyond the core materials.
Able to consider topic/issues in eth broader disciplinary context.
Evidence of synthesis, analytical skills and independent thought.
Accurate referencing and citation (few flaws).
Well-reasoned arguments are supported and with reference to a broad range of literature, drawn for materials sources beyond the study materials provided.
Reading is integrated into the discussion well, and analytical and evaluative comment sis provided where appropriate.
Accurate referencing and citation (some flaws).
The text of the assignment shows some evidence that subject materials have been read and acknowledged.
Arguments show basic ability to apply fundamental concepts, but arguments based upon limited evidence.
An accurate bibliography is attached.
Reading not well integrated into text of essay.
Little evidence of reading.
Limited acknowledgement of source material.
Presentation (5%)
(clarity of expression and presentation of ideas)
· Follows presentation guidelines presented in Subject Outline
· Correct use of APA referencing style
· Written in clear, comprehensible English
Expression and presentation of ideas are developed and clear. Fluent writing style appropriate to assessment item.
Grammar and spelling accurate
Referencing follows correct APA style.
Expression and presentation of ideas are mainly accurate.
Fluent writing style appropriate to assessment item.
Grammar and spelling accurate
Expression is lucid and clear with precise use of language. Writing style appropriate to the assignment type.
Few flaws in grammar and spelling.
Expression and presentation are comprehensible but lack clarity,
Expression is unclear with weak presentation (structure, citations) and English (grammar, spelling, punctuation) errors.

Writing a Critique

A critique is a specific style of writing that requires an indepth examination of a particular article or idea. A critique is not only a criticism. It involves consideration of both positive and negative aspects of what you are critiquing.

In your critique you will need to identify, evaluate and respond to what you are reading. you need to begin by reading the article critically by asking questions about the background, purpose, evidence, methodology, findings, interpretation and arguments. What do you think about the author’s ideas?

For further information on conducting and writing a critique check out the information provided on the following sites:

As per the CSU Referencing Policy, proper referencing is required for each task. Please use the APA referencing format, which can be found at

Online submission via Turnitin is required for this assignment. Details will be provided by your subject lecturer.

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