Ow Can a HR Department Make Certain that its Performance Appraisals are Unbiased:

How Can a HR Department Make Certain that its Performance Appraisals are Unbiased:
Does the HRM Concept Effectively Monitor its Managers to Guarantee Fair Appraisals?

IMPORTANT NOTES:
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1. Introduction
The dissertation is a compulsory part of the MSc programme and students must obtain a pass mark of 50% for the dissertation in order to be awarded their degree. The dissertation represents 60 credits out of the total 180 credits for the MSc degree as a whole.

2. What is an MSc Dissertation?
The MSc dissertation is an independent exercise in the investigation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of information and ideas about some aspect of business or management thought and practice.

The dissertation will be assessed as an independent research exercise for its rigour and clarity of thought. The dissertation should also demonstrate a sensitive appreciation of the situation that the student has chosen to address, together a clear understanding of relevant academic frameworks, an appraisal of those frameworks, and of other relevant issues  pertinently and logically. It should also offer evidence of extensive up-to-date reading and be presented with painstaking accuracy.

3. The Objectives of the Dissertation

The dissertation has a number of objectives. It enables students to:

” investigate and analyse a specific issue or area of management theory or practice in depth;

” carry out an independent piece of research, thereby utilising knowledge and skills learned during the taught part of the programme;

” apply knowledge and skills learned to business practice;

” develop the skills of management in organising time and activities to produce a piece of work of good quality to a deadline.


4. Assessment Criteria

Assessment is based on the academic merit of the dissertation in terms of its originality, breadth of background reading, application of knowledge, research design, analysis of data, conclusions and also the quality of presentation. The dissertation will therefore be assessed in relation to the following criteria:

” the degree to which objectives and issues are clearly stated and focused;

” the degree to which relevant literature and theoretical frameworks are used and critically evaluated [The dissertation should demonstrate a full awareness of relevant literature, for example, dissertation objectives must be placed within the context of earlier studies while the dissertation findings should be related to the existing body of knowledge on the subject];

” the degree to which the student demonstrates understanding of, and uses, appropriate methodologies in research design. [The dissertation will be judged, in part, on the suitability of the research design and methodology. The design and methods must be fully described (e.g. copies of questionnaires etc. should be included in an appendix), and explained (e.g. the reason(s) for their choice). If any methodological drawbacks to the study emerge at a relatively late stage in the project these should be acknowledged and, if not rectified, an explanation and justification given for why they have not been rectified];

” the quality of data collection and analysis. [Assessment is made of the thoroughness of the analysis and the incisiveness of any interpretations advanced];

” the degree to which results and conclusions are substantiated. [In the conclusion the principal findings should be highlighted and examined in the context of previous studies. Consideration should be given to ways in which the study might have been improved and / or could be developed further];


In terms of the quality of presentation the following areas are particularly important:

” clarity of writing
” proper integration of all references, diagrams and tables
” clear, well presented diagrams and statistics
” correct pagination
” accurate and complete reference citations


5. Length of Dissertation

The dissertation should be between 15,000 and 20,000 words in length, excluding appendices. Dissertations that are substantially under or over this length may be penalised by having marks deducted.

6. Typing and Binding

Dissertations should be typed or printed on A4 white paper in 1.5 or double spacing (12 point print), the binding margin should be at least 40mm with 20mm on all other sides.
Two declarations should appear on the page immediately after your title page (page 2); the Plagiarism declaration, and the Research Ethics declaration.
The Plagiarism Declaration is your personal statement that the work which you are submitting for assessment is your own.
The Research Ethics Declaration is your personal statement that you have read, understood, and followed the University code of practice on ethical behaviour in research.
The main text should be preceded by an Abstract of not more than 300 words, which describes the dissertation in brief.

7. Structure of the Dissertation

While dissertations may differ in structure, the following example of structure may be of guidance in organising your written work.

Title page
The Plagiarism Declaration
The Research Ethics Declaration
Abstract
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction, including aims and objectives, and the research setting (e.g. the organisation under study)
Chapter 2: Literature review
Chapter 3: Choice of Methodology
Chapter 4: Application of Methodology
Chapter 5: Results
Chapter 6: Discussion and Recommendations
Chapter 7: Conclusions, Critique, and Lessons Learned
Appendix A
Appendix B
References
Bibliography


8. References and Bibliography

Citations for references and bibliographies must follow the Harvard System format, i.e.:

(a) Book Parkin, B. & Wheeler, B (2003).
The Learning Organisation in Reality. Oxford, Thompson Publishers.

(b) Article Hornshaw, C K & Lucas, K (2002).
The core competence of the corporation. Harvard Business
Review, May-June, pp79-91.

References must be cited in the text by giving the last name of the author(s), followed by the year of publication, e.g. Parkin and Wheeler (2003). If there is more than one work by an author in a given year, label them alphabetically within each year, e.g. Parkin (2002a); Parkin (2002b).

When quoting directly from another source you should, in addition to author name(s) and date, state the page number(s) from which the quotation is drawn.

Citations to newspapers usually only refer to title and date, e.g. Financial Times 2 August 2002. The complete list of references should appear at the end of the text in alphabetical order by name of author with full publication details.

Any general works consulted, but not referred to in the text, should be listed in a supplementary bibliography after the list of references.