Be able to conduct a critical review of information sources in an area of HR/business practice and analyse the findings

Title of unit/s:

Using Information in Human Resources

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the research process and different research approaches.
  2. Be able to conduct a critical review of information sources in an area of HR/business practice and analyse the findings.
  3. Be able to draw meaningful conclusions and evaluate options for change.
  4. Know how to deliver clear, business-focused reports on an HR issue.

Assessment brief/activity:
Activity 1:
Your CEO has asked each departmental head to undertake a critical review of their systems, processes and practices as part of a major organisational change agenda. You have been asked to review an area of HR/business practice and present a business report to key stakeholders with recommendations for
improving practice. To provide the basis for your report, you have been asked to conduct a critical review of information sources relevant to the area of practice. (AC 4.1)
You should:

  • Select an area of HR/business practice and give the reason for your choice (AC 2.1)
  • Undertake a critical review of different information sources (at least four) e.g. research digests, academic and professional literature, online databases, key texts relevant to the selected area of practice. (AC 2.2)
  • Draw meaningful conclusions from the review of the different information sources. (AC 3.1)
  • Make justified recommendations to named stakeholders for sustaining and/or improving practice.

Activity 2

  1. Summarise the key stages of the research process. (AC 1.1)
  2. Compare two different research methods. (AC 1.1)
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