K1. An understanding of the key principles of human resource management and specifically the human resource cycle

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UGB162 Introduction to Human Resource Management & Learning and Talent Development Assessment 2021

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Learning outcomes Knowledge and Understanding

K1. An understanding of the key principles of human resource management and specifically the human resource cycle.

K2. An understanding of how an employee is affected by each part of the human resource cycle.

K3. How an organisation operates its human resource policies, procedure and practice and both nationally and internationally.


S1. The ability to research, analyse and present organisational information taken from academic models and their applicability/ transferability to different workplace contexts.


You are required to respond to two of the 4 questions. Answers to the questions should be in essay style using a brief introduction, main body and conclusion. (You must produce two essay format answers of approximately 1,500 words each (include them in one document with a front cover sheet and one reference list).

  1. Some organisations have extremely high levels of absence. a) What are the causes of this? b. What should an organisation put in place to proactively manage this?
  2. Outline the differences between the psychological contract and the contract of employment. Identify why the psychological contract is so important in organisations today?
  3. Outline three motivation Content theories and discuss their roles in the workplace.
  4. Preventing talent leaving and trying to get the optimum turnover level for an organisation can be difficult to achieve. Identify and discuss six job related and/or organisational factors why employees leave their employment.

This assessment is worth 100% of the module mark.

Word Limit

The word count must be stated on the front page of your assignment. Summarising and compressing the information in your assignment into the word limit is one of the skills that students are expected to acquire, and demonstrate as part of the assignment process. K1. An understanding of the key principles of human resource management and specifically the human resource cycle.

The word limits are set above. If this is exceeded then the following penalty will have to be applied:


Word limit

Exceeds limit by up to 10%

No penalty – tolerance band (see below)

Exceeds limit by 10.1-20%

-5 percentage points

Exceeds limit by 20.1-30%

-10 percentage points

Exceeds limit by 30.1-40%

-15 percentage points

Exceeds limit by 40.1-50%

-20 percentage points

Exceeds limit by more than 50%

Mark of zero

The word count does not include:

  • Front Title/Cover page
  • Reference list/Bibliography
  • Appendices
  • Appropriate tables, figures and illustrations.

Please note, in text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)] and direct secondary quotations [e.g. “dib-dab nonsense analysis” (Smith, 2011 p.123)] are included in the word count.

Submission of Assessment:

  • An electronic copy of the work should be submitted via the Canvas Turnitin Submission area under Assessments and Feedback and JIRA. Instructions on how to submit via both Canvas Turnitin and Jira are available within your student handbook and will also be sent to you by your University email.
  • The University`s Generic Marking Criteria attached will be used to assess the work.
  • Formal feedback and results will be provided 4 weeks after the submission date. Please note that if marks are released prior to assessment boards students should be aware that they are subject to ratification and may change depending on the outcome of the assessment board.

Referencing your work:

In this University the Harvard method of referencing is used.

The Harvard method of referring to publications and of arranging references uses the author`s name and the date of the publication. References are listed at the end of the document in alphabetical order by author`s name. The general format of a journal reference is shown below:

Smith, J. (1999) How to succeed! Journal of Entrepreneurs, 1(2), p. 34-56

Author’s name and initials are listed first, followed by year of publication in brackets. Then there is the title of article and the journal where article appears, which is underlined or in italics. Finally, state the volume and issue Number (in brackets) along with the pages where article can be located.

A short guide to Harvard referencing will also be available on the Canvas site under the module assessment navigation button. K1. An understanding of the key principles of human resource management and specifically the human resource cycle.

Academic Integrity and Misconduct: 

Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE

(a full reference list must be submitted as prescribed in the assessment brief).

Please note that this is intended to be an individual piece of work. Action will be taken where a student is suspected of having plagiarised or engaged in any dishonest practice. Students are referred to the University regulations on plagiarism and other forms of academic irregularity. Students must not copy or collude with one another or present any information that they themselves have not generated.

Assessment Regulations

For further information regarding Assessment Regulations, extenuating circumstances or extensions and academic integrity, please refer to your Programme Handbook on the University of Sunderland in London information page on Canvas.

Reading List

Submission guidelines

There are currently two steps that you need to follow to ensure that you successfully submit your work for marking. Your submission links will become available approximately 3 weeks prior to your submission deadline, along with detailed instructions on how to submit your assignment, but in the meantime please feel free to also watch this Assignment Submission Instructions video.


You will be marked in accordance to the University of Sunderland assessment criteria attached below. The assessment criteria covers; Relevance, Knowledge, Analysis, Argument and Structure, Critical Evaluation, Presentation, Reference to Literature. K1. An understanding of the key principles of human resource management and specifically the human resource cycle.

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