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Human Resource Management: BUSS 3081: Planning and Implementing Organisational Change - SP5 2019

1. Assignment 1: Essay

image of information iconThis page provides information to help you complete your first assessment task for BUSS 3081, a two-part essay. Please see your Course Site and Course Outline for full details of the assessment requirements.

2. Read the case study

For Part A of the essay, you need to read and respond to a case study from your course textbook.

You can access the case study online through the Library. We only have 3 online copies of this book, so it's a good idea to save the two pages that cover the case study so you can refer to them without having to wait for a copy to become available.

You may also like to listen to this podcast from the BBC, which provides context for the case study.

3. Plan your search

Your explanation of the case will need to be supported by evidence. Before you begin searching, it's a good idea to think about the search terms you could use:

Here are some examples of search terms you could use in the Library Catalogue:

Tips for searching:

  • Use quotation marks around words that you want to search for together, e.g. "market share".
  • Use an asterisk to find multiple endings of a word, e.g. competit* would find competitor, competitive, competition.
  • Use the OR keyword to connect different words for the same concept, and AND to connect different concepts.

For more detail, see this guide:

4. Scholarly sources

Your references for your essay must contain 10 to 15 peer-reviewed resources or references from a reputable publisher. These are also known as scholarly sources. Watch this video to learn how to identify scholarly sources:

5. Where to search

Search the Library Catalogue

In the Library Catalogue, you can use the options on the left hand side of your search results to help identify peer-reviewed resources. To do this, under Show Only, select Peer-Reviewed Journals.

You can also limit the search results by Publication Date. This can help you find the current references you need for your essay.

Databases can be be used to find additional, topic-specific resources beyond what you can find in the Library Catalogue. Start with our list of Management databases, or try the example below.


The Business Source Complete database is a great place to search for scholarly or industry resources related to business.

As with the Catalogue, use the filters on the left-hand side of your search results to narrow your results. Select Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals to find scholarly sources, and use the Publication Date slider to find only current research.

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6. Write your essay

The Student Engagement Unit has created a suite of resources called Study Help that can help you understand how to write your assignment.

Have a look at:

  • Assignment writing
    A collection of resources and videos about writing assignments
  • Essays
    Gives examples of how to structure an academic essay
  • Referencing
    Online guides and help with using the Harvard-UniSA referencing style