Resourcing, Learning and Talent Management, 2016/17
Resourcing & Talent Management Section - Partners
Assignment 1: Reflective Essay Assignment
Recruitment & Selection with Observed Skills
Reflective Essay Assignment Brief
- Write a reflective essay of 3,000 words (+/-10%) on your learning and development in relation to recruitment, selection and retention, including employment branding, as a key element of the HR ‘resourcing’ role.
- The essay should outline your role in the observed skills exercise and reflect on your academic, professional and personal learning, including your planned objectives and future actions as a result. It should also relate your reflections and learning to the formal, taught (theoretical) aspects of the module (i.e. on the various methods of recruitment and selection available and their validity).
Please use 12 point font and 1.5 line spacing
- Utilise a model of reflection such as Kolb’s learning model, Gibbs reflection model, or Schon’s approach to reflection (see Reflective practice in education and training by Richard Malthouse and Jodi Roffey-Barentsen 2013 which is on the reference list). Please reference any reflective model that you use, and reference any other writers discussed in the reflective essay.
- If you complete a reflective journal/log you may submit this as an appendix to the essay if you wish to do so.
Allocation of Marks (Total Marks: 100)
The reflective essay should:
- Succinctly outline the student’s reflections on the observed skill exercise, utilising a structured process/model (30 marks).
- Set appropriate goals for future development, based on the reflections outlined, with regard to their academic, professional and personal development (30 marks).
- Relate learning from the observed skills exercise to the taught element of the Resourcing and Talent Management section of the RLTM module, particularly the recruitment and selection process reflecting critically on it (40 marks).
Learning Outcomes to be assessed:
- Define, discuss and appraise the various techniques and tools available as part of an organisation’s recruitment and selection strategy and diversity management.
- Evaluate and assess management and leadership development in the context of local and global employment markets.
- Critically evaluate the contribution that HR policies can make to responsible management and organisational effectiveness.
Attention to these outcomes is included in the taught element of the Resourcing and Talent Management section of the RLTM module.
Please ensure that you follow the APA 6th Harvard style for referencing.
Guidance on Reflective Essays
Reflective essays are being used increasingly in education as a way of helping students understand how theory can relate to practice and for developing an understanding of how to learn. As reflective essays involve writing about your experience, you may find it helpful to keep a reflective journal/diary/log - these are also encouraged as part of professional and personal development, and aid completion of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plans (a requirement of many professional accreditation bodies, including the professional body for HR, the CIPD).
[Note that completion of a comprehensive CPD plan also forms an important part of Assignment 2 for the Leadership and Management Development section of the RLTM Module.]
You need to approach writing reflective essays in a particular way:
- This is a personal piece of writing. You should write in the first person (e.g. I felt, I noticed that) as opposed to the third person, as is more usual in academic essays
- Be aware of the need to relate practice back to theory. Analyse the event and think about how it compared with the theory and research presented in the module. How does your experience relate to the theory? Does your experience help you understand the theory and research, and/or vice versa?
- Be selective: pick out those bits of theory which seem useful, and be prepared to identify the relevant parts of the events you are writing about.
- You may find that discussion with other students can help you throw light on events and relate theory to practice