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Assignment #2: Training & Development
Based on a case study, this assignment provides you with an opportunity to work through a number of key considerations in developing a training program.
This assignment provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate the achievement of the following course learning outcomes:
?Describe the function of HRM and its importance to business organizations.
?Identify the specific functional areas in HRM and describe the knowledge required for a practitioner in each one.
?Analyze the role and impact of employment related legislation and various compliance requirements on HR operations in the current business environment.
?Explain the concepts and techniques involved in meeting human resource requirements through training and development.
Key Information
?Type: Individual
?Weight: 30%
?Delivery: Avenue to Learn ? Assignment folder
?Due Date: Check the Detailed Course Schedule in the About the Course module
Expectations
You are expected to complete this assignment individually.
Respect for academic integrity is crucial to your success. Make sure you understand what constitutes acts of academic dishonesty in the page: What is Academic Dishonesty?
Instructions
Read the case called ?New on the Job? (Open Textbooks, n.d.) and respond to the questions noted below. You can find a copy of the case study here: 8.5 Cases and Problems.
You do not have to answer the questions stated within and underneath the case in the Open Textbook.
Questions
Based on the information JoAnn received from her survey, she decided some changes need to be made. JoAnn asks you to meet for coffee and look at the survey results. After you review them, JoAnn asks you the following questions. How would you respond to each?
1)?Obviously, I need to start working on some training programs. Which topics do you think I should start with??

2)?How do I go about developing a training program that will be really useful and make people excited? What are the steps I need to take??

3)?Do you think that we should look at changing pay and benefits? Why or why not?

4)?Can you please help me draft a training program framework for what we have discussed? Do you think I should design one for both the corporate offices and one for the retail stores?? (Hint: Look at Figure 8.8 on page 247 in the Open Source Text for guidelines.)
Assignment Structure
?Include a cover page with your name, student number and the course code
?Include table of contents clearly identifying each section of the assignment (Question 1, 2, 3, etc.)
?Citation guide: APA Style
Format
?Length and space: 7-8 pages max.
The cover page is not included in the total number of pages and your pages should be double-spaced.
?Font type: Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman
?Font size: 12 points
?File type: Portable Document Format (PDF)
Resources
You are encouraged to use the resources provided in Library, Research and Writing Assistance, under the Getting Started module. Noteworthy tools include the Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide and Grammarly.
Before you begin your assignment, review the rubric at the end of this document to understand the assignment expectations. Also, use the rubric to ensure inclusion of all marking criteria before submitting your assignment.
How to Submit Your Assignment
Please note that the following instructions pertain to this specific assignment. Instructions for other assignments may differ.
To submit your assignment:
1.Click Assessments (top navigation bar)
2.Select Assignments
3.Click the Assignment #2: Training & Development folder
You may submit to the assignment folder multiple times, but note that previous files will be overwritten. Be sure to include all necessary files with each submission.

General Guidelines
?Unless otherwise instructed, please submit only ONE file per assignment (i.e., combine all documents into one file).
?Do not zip your files; combine them into one file.
?Ensure that the name of your file does not include spaces as it can be challenging to link to them.
?Ensure that the name of your file does not include special characters such as symbols or punctuation. Such characters may cause problems when uploading your file.
?Keep a copy of your assignment in case of technical problems.
?If your submission is successful, you will receive an Email Confirmation Receipt sent to your @mcmaster.ca email address. If you do not receive an Email Confirmation Receipt, please double-check your submission and re-submit if necessary.
?Keep all Email Confirmation Receipts until the course is over as proof of submission.
Late Submission Policy
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven days. After this date, no assignment will be accepted and a grade of zero will be applied. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations) and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.
Assignment Rubric

Criteria Meets All Expectations Meets Most of the Expectations Meets Some of the Expectations Does Not Meet Expectations
Content and Understanding
Response demonstrates a complete description, an insightful, well-supported analysis.
Response shows strong evidence of synthesis of ideas in course content.
(10 marks) Response demonstrates a complete description, and a satisfactory analysis.
Response shows evidence of synthesis of ideas in course content.
(7 marks) Response demonstrates an adequate description, a fair analysis.
Response shows little evidence of synthesis of ideas presented in course content.
(4 marks)
Response demonstrates an incomplete description, analysis.
Response shows no evidence of synthesis of ideas presented in course content.
(0 ? 3 marks)
Structure
Includes all required sections, as indicated in the instructions.
Work is cited appropriately in APA style, if included.
(6 marks)
Includes most of the required sections, as indicated in the instructions.
Work is mostly cited appropriately in APA style, if included.
(5 marks)
Some of the required sections are incomplete, and/or do not fully meet the requirements indicated in the instructions.
Work is sometimes cited appropriately in APA style, if included.
(4 marks)
Excludes most of the required sections, and/or does not address the requirements indicated in the instructions.
Work is not cited appropriately in APA style, if included.
(0 ? 3 marks)

Organization
Well organized with headings and subheadings.
Writing is clear, concise, and coherent.
(4 marks)
Mostly organized with headings and subheadings.
Writing is mostly clear, concise, and coherent.
(3 marks)
No headings and subheadings.
Writing is unclear and/or disorganized.
Thoughts can only be followed with difficulty.
(2 marks) Writing is unclear and disorganized.
Thoughts cannot be followed.
(0 ? 1 mark)

Grammar and Mechanics
No grammatical or mechanical errors.
(5 marks) Few grammatical and/or mechanical errors.
(4 marks)
Several grammatical and/or mechanical errors that detract from the content.
(3 marks) A significant number of errors, which greatly affects readability.
(0 ? 1 mark)
Overall Score 25 19 13 0 or more

References

Open Textbooks (n.d.). Human Resource Management. University of Minnesota. Retrieved from https://open.lib.umn.edu/humanresourcemanagement/chapter/8-5-cases-and-problems/

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