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Module Summative Assignment - Recruitment and Selection Approaches in Organizations

Work-in-progress draft for summative assignment report

In week [6], you will be expected to submit through Turnitin a work-in-progress draft (500 words) of the report component of your summative assignment. Detailed guidance on what to include in this early draft of your report will be provided on Moodle and in class.  You will receive individual feedback in class. Generic feedback, relevant to all students, will be provided during the seminars in the following week.  If for whatever reason you do not submit a draft of your work on time, then you can make an appointment with your seminar tutor to get some formative feedback. There will be opportunities during the seminars in the second half of the semester for you to discuss and get feedback on the other component of your assessment.

Summative Assessment (2,500 words, excluding references and appendices) 

The summative assessment for this module consists of two components, submitted as one document.  

Part 1: Produce a report that compares, contrasts and evaluates approaches to recruiting and selecting graduates in two organisations (of your choice) – 1500 words. 

Part 2: Reflective account that addresses the question ‘How Business Ready Are You Currently?’ – 1000 words. 
You will be expected to evidence your reflective account with a number of key sources of evidence: a graduate level (appendix 1) CV that is professionally presented; your (appendix 2) completed Business Readiness Self-Report (started in the Seminar in Week 2), together with and supporting a reflective account of how you have developed two competencies identified as areas for development having completed the Business Readiness Self-Report.  

Structuring your summative assessment   

Part 1: Overview of the report component of your assignment (1500 words, excluding references) 

Report task: Compare, contrast and evaluate approaches to recruiting and selecting graduates in two organisations (of the student’s choice). 

Introduction: Brief overview of the two organisations chosen for your report and your rationale for choosing these two organisations. Make it clear whether either of the organisations are ones that you might want to apply to personally.   

Findings about each organisation’s  graduate recruitment and selection processes: detailed account of the recruitment and selection approaches adopted in each organisation, supported by evidence from a range of sources (e.g. Recruitment Websites and/or Directories, Organisation’s own   websites, Glassdoor reviews, Recruitment Awards received from professional bodies, critical case studies in academic and/or professional journals).   

Evaluation and conclusions: when evaluating your findings set out in the first part of your report, you will need to consider questions such as: 

•    How similar/or different are the approaches to graduate recruitment in your chosen organisations? From your wider reading of the academic literature how might you account for any similarities/differences?  
•    To what extent do the organisational practices align with the notion of ‘best practice’ in the academic literature?  
•    From your research, how user-friendly is the information provided by the two organisations to applicants?  Does the information provided any indication of how inclusive each organisation’s recruitment and selection processes are?
•    How much information do the organisations provide about future career development opportunities? Remember this is important for the attraction and retention of employees, particularly graduates.         
•    What final observations and impressions are you left with having researched different organisation’s approaches to recruiting and selecting graduates.    
Part 2: Overview of the reflective component of your assignment (1000 words, excluding appendices)      

Your reflective account will need to address the question ‘How Business Ready Are You Currently?’
You are expected to evidence this in two ways:   

a)    Reflective account of how you have developed at least two competencies identified as areas for development from completing the Business Readiness Self-Report. Evidence of applying the Kolb Learning Cycle (remember Business Psychology) will be expected in the way that you present your reflective accounts. 
b)    Including a graduate level CV as an Appendix to your overall assignment. This will need to be professionally presented indicating that you have obtained feedback on a draft of your CV from the Careers Service and they are happy to classify your CV as graduate level.  
References: You will need to include appropriate academic and practitioner sources, using the Harvard Referencing System. If you need to refresh your memory on what this looks like, then consult the referencing section of the Library webpages.  Please provide one reference list at the end of your assessment to cover both parts.  

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