Industrial Relations Integrated Project (Human resource)The integrated project enables students to develop practical skills within the IndustrialRelations context as a line manager working in an engineering context. The projectrequires students working together to exchange ideas, experience and finally preparean individual business report addressed to the Human Resource Manager of theirorganization outlining the Disciplinary Policies and Redundancy Procedures thatexist in their organization. Each student will submit an individual report.To do this project successfully students will need to:1. Briefly describe their organisation (or the business unit).2. Describe the existing Disciplinary Policies and Redundancy (e.g. consideringthe termination of an employee) Procedures in the organisation in some detail. Aspart of this description, draw a flow chart, showing the process that mightconclude to the termination (discharge) of an employee. The actual process shouldbe depicted here, rather than the preferred process.3. Identify and present the Disciplinary Policies and Redundancy Proceduresrecommended in the Industrial Relations and/or Human Resources Managementliterature (e.g. the disciplinary model). Use a flow chart showing the literaturebased Disciplinary Policies and Redundancy Procedures.4. Identify and Discuss (check midcourse.net for the help you need) the difference between the Disciplinary Policies andRedundancy Procedures found in your organization (point 1) and thoserecommended in the literature (point 3). The Discuss (check midcourse.net for the help you need)ion should focus on the ?gap?between the literature and your organization policies and procedures.5. Recommend improvements to the existing Disciplinary Policies and RedundancyProcedures.6. Summarize the recommendations in an executive summary of the report, and7. Submit the project to the Industrial Relations Manager.12. PROJECTS @ REFERENCING WORKMany of your projects at Degree level are RESEARCH based projects. Carrying outyour own research should be an interesting and rewarding thing for you to do. If youdo it properly it will be a valuable learning experience and it will give you anenormous sense of satisfaction. However, you need to be aware of the followingfactors.1. TIMEResearching is looking at something in detail and it involves examining a situation indepth and looking at the situation from different perspectives. Therefore, researchinginto something takes time and effort. You cannot do research effectively in one day.When you are carrying out research you need to plan your time effectively so that youuse it in the most productive way.2. SOURCESAs stated above, research usually involves examining a situation from differentperspectives. In order to do this you have to look at a VARIETY of sources. Thesedays there is a mass of information available to you. You may collect moreinformation than you need. The skill is in sorting the information to suit your project,you will often discard more than you actually use.You should try to use:-Secondary Sources(a) Reference Book ? These can be a little out of date but they are often a goodsource of information for basic statistics. Even if they are out of date you can usethem for comparison.(b) Text books ? Again these can often be out of date but they are useful for findingout standard information which can be developed.(c) Magazines & Newspapers ? Good source of information. Usually up to date.Most libraries keep backdated copies of these publications.(d) Internet ? A wonderful source of information but surfing the net can be very timeconsuming. Make sure you have an idea of what you are looking for before youstart to explore this arena.Primary Sources(e) Interviews ? Sometimes it is essential to collect information from individuals.This is usually done through questionnaires. Personal interviews are a valuable sourceof information but designing the questionnaire, collecting the information analyzingand presenting the information takes time. Planning is essential to this process.3. SOURCING INFORMATIONIt is inevitable, when you carry out research, that you will use other peoples? ideas andinformation. This is not wrong, if fact it is what you must do. What is wrong is to takeanother persons work and present it as your own. This is called PLAGIARISM (seehandout) if your teachers suspect that the work is plagiarized they will give it youback unmarked and you may Fail that project at the very best if your work is returnedyou will only receive the minimum mark for your work. So, whatever information youcollect you must read, understand and then present that information IN YOUR OWNWORDS. If you are unsure of your English get your work checked by your Englishteacher BEFORE YOU HAND IT IN.HIGHER COLLEGES OF TECHNOLOGY 12To overcome the problem of plagiarization whenever you use another writersinformation or information collected from primary sources you must SOURCE thatinformation. You must say where you got the information from with dates, pagenumbers where appropriate.Some handouts are attached which give detail on how to source your material.4. QUOTINGQuoting is using someone?s exact words. If you do this you must put the quote inquotation marks for example you might write:When I interviewed Mohammed he said, ?I like my job very much. I have worked herefor five years and in that time I have been promoted twice.?You should not need to quote very much as it is essential to put things in your ownwords. If you do quote you must be accurate.IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON THIS PLEASE ASKRECOMMENDED READING:Butler, J. E., Ferris, G. R., and Napier, N. K., (1991). Strategy and Human ResourcesManagement, South Westen, Cincinnati.Dessler, G, Griffiths, J, Lloyd-Walher, B, and Williams, A, (1999). Human ResourceManagement, Printice Hall Publications, (ISBN 0 7248 0536 2)Greenlaw, P. S., and Kohl, J. P., (1986). Personnel Management ? Managing HumanResources, Harper & Row, New Work.Hackman, J. P., and Oldham, G. R., (1980). Work Redesign, Addison-Wesley,Reading, MA.Kramar, R, McGraw, P, and Schuler, R. S., Human Resource Management inAustralia, Longman International Publishing, 3rd edition, 1997. (ISBN 0 582 81113 9)Murphy, K. R., and Cleveland, J. N., (1991). Performance Appraisal: AnOrganisational Perspective, Allyn & Bacon, Needham.Stone, R. J., (1995). Human Resources Management, 3!
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