Assessment 2: Report - HR Framework

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Assessment Brief

OverviewYou are to create a HR standards framework for a fictitious company (see scenario below), based on the Australian Human Resources Institute’s (AHRI), Model of Excellence. Your model will draw on the 10 behaviours and seven capabilities that AHRI deem as essential for HR practitioners.This assessment has the purpose of developing your capacity to write a formal report for a manager about a specific issue. This is a key skill in contemporary professional practice, as a document (in the form of a critical essay) that will provide the business with the necessary information, presented in a logical, factual manner, for them to make informed business decisions about the issue, and to develop competent future business strategies in the area of concern.

Assessment Details

Case Study Scenario

‘Beach Break’ is an emerging surf company based on Phillip Island in Victoria. Beach Break opened in 2020 and produces and sells custom made surf boards and surfing apparel. The company is keen to expand from its current factory and store to the Gold Coast and beyond due to record sales and the growing demand for custom made surf boards and apparel. You will present a case to expand interstate and into Indonesia and the South Pacific Islands where there is a high demand for surfing equipment. Beach Break’s CEO, Maddy Smith, has hired you as her first HR Manager to lead the growing HR team, which has so far, lacked strategic direction. Upon your hiring, you have determined the problem is there has been no HR standards framework established. Therefore, the first course of action for you and the HR team is setting standards that the team needs to meet to be more professional, proactive, and be able to support the expanding business nationally and internationally. You decide to do this by creating a HR standards framework. Your boss is impressed and has asked you to provide a document to be presented this as a report at the next meeting.


You are to write a short report for your CEO that presents, and justifies, a HR standards framework that is tailored to the needs of Beach Break. Your research question is: In accordance with the AHRI Model of Excellence what are the key HR behaviours and capabilities that will support the expansion of ‘Beach Break’ interstate and overseas?

The short report structure does not require an Executive Summary but must include the following:

1.      A table of contents with headings, sub-headings and numbering.

2.      Content of the report will be structured as per below:
1.0    Introduction

1.1 Purpose
1.2 Scope
1.3 Limitations
1.4 Organisation of the report

2.0    Critical analysis of the AHRI Model of Excellence

2.1 Analysis of HR behaviours – strengths and limitations
2.2 Analysis of capabilities – strengths and limitations

3.0    Application of the AHRI Model of Excellence with select HR behaviours and capabilities relevant to ‘Beach Break’

3.1 Specific HR behaviours required for the organisation
3.2 Specific capabilities required for interstate and international business to make up the HR standards framework
In this section include your model or figure.

4.0  Conclusion

4.1 Summary of the report
4.2 Strong argument to support the application of the HR standards framework

5.0    References and formatting

Specifically, you are to write a report that:

1.      Provides  a clear understanding of the role of the HR practitioner in the context of the .

2.      Critical analysis of the AHRI Model of Excellence in terms of behaviours and capabilities needed for a HR framework.

3.      Apply the AHRI Model of Excellence, by selecting and arguing for the HR behaviours and capabilities  relevant to ‘Beach Break’ for .

4.      Present your HR framework in the form of a simple diagram or figure (note: this does not have to be complex).

5.      Concludes with a brief argument on what skills and capabilities are required to be an excellent HR practitioner in the context of the case study ‘Beach Break’.

Font and spacing 

Use Times New Roman or Calibri in size 12 and 1.5 line spacing.

TurnitIn submission: 

Submissions must be made through Canvas Turnitin submission point electronically. All submissions are made through Turnitin to check academic integrity. It is highly recommended that you submit your work a few days earlier to Turnitin to check for similarities, before submitting your final work.

Late submission and word limits: 

Any late assignment, unless granted an extension by the Course Coordinator or the Special Consideration Unit, will be penalised. Late submissions will be penalised 10% per day.

Assignments submitted more than seven (7) calendar days late will NOT be marked. Please check Canvas and RMIT website about how to apply for special consideration.

When submitting assessment tasks online it is a student's responsibility to submit their final document. The document that is lodged is what will be assessed on its merits. Re-submissions of assessment tasks beyond the specified date will NOT be accepted. Cases such as submitting a draft by error instead of the final version, or “I lost my laptop”, or “a computer malfunction caused me to lose all my work”, are not acceptable reasons to be granted an extension or resubmission.

Make sure you stay within word limit in the final word count on your assessment. We allow 10% above or below the word limit yet going beyond word limit by over 10% will incur a penalty to your mark. Please remember, good assessments are always concise and focused and follow the assessment brief and the criteria rubric.

Learning Outcomes

The targeted Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this assessment are:

·         CLO1: Compare  international  HR  professional standards,  and  assess  their  application  to  an
organisation drawing in theoretical constructs.

·         CLO2: Analyse and interpret the external and internal context in which HR professionals
operate, and the impact on practice.

·         CLO4: Reflect and critique your developing professional practice.


If you have any questions, check the discussion board or course materials to see if they have already been answered. If not post your question or alternatively ask your teacher in your workshops.

Assessment Policies

Referencing GuidelinesUse RMIT Harvard referencing style for this assessment.You must acknowledge all the courses of information you have used in your assessments.

Refer to the RMIT Easy CiteLinks to an external site. referencing tool to see examples and tips on how to reference in the appropriated style. You can also refer to the library referencing page for more tools such as EndNote, referencing tutorials and referencing guides for printing.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic integrity is about honest presentation of your academic work. It means acknowledging the work of others while developing your own insights, knowledge and ideas.

You should take extreme care that you have:

·         Acknowledged words, data, diagrams, models, frameworks and/or ideas of others you have quoted (i.e. directly copied), summarised, paraphrased, discussed or mentioned in your assessment through the appropriate referencing methods

·         Provided a reference list of the publication details so your reader can locate the source if necessary. This includes material taken from Internet sites

If you do not acknowledge the sources of your material, you may be accused of plagiarism because you have passed off the work and ideas of another person without appropriate referencing, as if they were your own.

RMIT University treats plagiarism as a very serious offence constituting misconduct.

Plagiarism covers a variety of inappropriate behaviours, including:

·         Failure to properly document a source

·         Copyright material from the internet or databases

·         Collusion between students

For further information on our policies and procedures, please refer to the University website.

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