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Writing Assignment: Compensation Portfolio Signature Assignment for HRM667

All students must complete the “signature” assignment that is a standard component of all HRM667 sections. This final written product will be submitted in three parts as described below. The due dates for each part are indicated in the course schedule on the last page of this Outline.


Select an organization to feature in your portfolio
Select a position or job series in the organization to analyze
Prepare a portfolio of the planning, analysis, and data collection to develop compensation scheme for the job(s)

Include the following topics in your complete assignment:

Part 1:

  • Company Background
  • Job analysis of select position(s)/series
  • Internal and external motivators
  • Performance evaluation factors
Part 2:
  • Performance evaluation system (based on factors identified in Part 1)
  • Specific Pay Structure for the job
  • Internal Pay Equity
  • External Pay Equity 
Assignment Details: 
Part 1 (33%) (Due Week Two) 
Begin by selecting an organization to feature in your portfolio. The organization can be any private or public organization, such as Nike. Do NOT select an organization where you work (currently or in the recent past). You may NOT select any branch of the U.S. military.

Course Outline–HRM 667 Page 6

Next, select a specific position or job (multiple positions with similar duties and responsibilities) within the organization to analyze. (e.g., Assembly worker, Secretary, maintenance, sales associate, etc.) This can be any position that you think would be found in the organization. Do NOT copy a job description of the job off the Internet: you are required to perform the job analysis yourself and then write a job description that is your own work.

Your portfolio will begin with a brief background of the organization, including its mission and vision.

Your portfolio will proceed with the internal and external motivators relating to this kind of work and the relationship of this job to the overall goals/strategies/values of the organization. (e.g., Nike adopts a low-cost strategy and therefore needs to save money in production and boost sales. Production workers will receive productivity bonuses for company efficiency to incentivize employee behaviors that lead to desired outcomes)

Perform a job analysis of the selected position necessary to make evaluation assessments of relative job worth for salary range placement compared to other jobs and for developing incentive rewards such as bonuses or profit sharing).

Prepare a written report including:

  • A description of your organization, including the mission or purpose of the organization. Explain the environment of the organization by describing the industry (including the challenges in the industry and principal competitors).
  • A formal definition of job analysis for reward evaluation as described in the text.
  • The factors that will need to be considered in an analysis of the job.
  • The process of collecting information about the job and the relative evaluation
  • A Job Description (based on the analysis of the selected position). Include an 
analysis of how the position interacts with other positions and a description of the internal and external motivators for the position. 
Part 2 (67%) (Due Week 4) 
Develop an performance evaluation plan utilizing the theories discussed in the text, including consideration of internal consistency and appropriate external market and benchmarks for salary comparison data and analysis. 
Finally, design a specific pay structure that combines your job analysis, job evaluation, internal and external consistency, and internal and external motivator. This may be in the form of a pay grade with a pay range within the grade, merit pay, performance pay, pay for knowledge, or an appropriate combination of these factors. Do not simply describe in general terms what a pay structure looks like: create a specific, concrete pay structure for your jobs!

Course Outline–HRM 667 Page 7

Prepare a written report including:

  • An explanation of the performance evaluation, including how the factors identified in your job analysis in Part 1 are used for determining compensation.
  • What type of job market data may be useful in determining compensation.
  • The specific pay structure, explaining in detail the base pay, merit or incentive 
pay, and all other compensation. Explain the correlation between the pay structure 
and the motivators identified in Part I.
  • A discussion of benefits that are appropriate for the position.
  • How the pay structure relates to the other positions in the company (including the 
relationship to the other positions which manage or are subordinate to the 
  • How the pay structure relates to the compensation in other organizations. 
*Turn in the complete project including Part 1 with Part 2* 
While your portfolio is divided into specific parts as outlined above and in the rubric provided, the paper should flow from one section to the next in a seamless fashion, providing the reader with a view of the entire HR process from staffing planning/strategies to job analysis, recruitment, selection, orientation and training. 
Submittal of Written Work: 
All written assignments must be submitted by using the Blackboard companion Web site (accessible from the NU Single Sign On (SSO)). Assignments must be submitted prior to the deadline indicated for the assignment. The link to submit the paper can be found in Blackboard in an assignment link in the week that the assignment is due. The written assignment must be send as a Microsoft Word document posted in the assignment link on or before the deadline. The student must name the document in the format stated below. The instructor cannot accept documents in the native formats of Microsoft Works, Pages for Mac, Adobe Acrobat, WordPerfect, etc. 
Before sending the assignment to the instructor, create a new document by selecting “File” from the menu bar or ribbon, selecting “Save As,” and naming it in the following format: 
Last name + underscore + class + underscore + assignment; e.g.: Smith_HRM667_Part_1.doc 
Failure to submit documents correctly may result in point deductions. Further, the student assumes responsibility for technical errors or problems during submission. 
The instructor is happy to assist students with naming their file extensions and with submittal questions, but students must have basic computer skills per National University policy.

Writing Standards and Evaluation:

All students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas, and experiences. Essays and research papers are not a string of quotes or citations. Rather, they are a synthesis and analysis of the student’s thoughts and the results of his/her research. Written material must follow specific standards regarding citations of authors’ work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University’s Writing Center when preparing writing assignments. Grades will be assigned for written material in accordance with the University standards and the following general criterion: Content 75% – Mechanical (formatting, grammar and citation style) 25%.

Please use for all writing assignments:

  • Your name at the top of the first page
  • A descriptive title
  • APA Style (6th ) for citations and formatting (double-spaced, numbered pages 
with headers, Twelve point font and 1” margins, etc.)
  • Do not include an abstract, title page or table of contents
  • Use section headings, well-organized paragraphs, clear grammar, correct spelling and correct punctuation
  • References/citations for all sources used (per APA standards) – include citations 
to all external sources both in the text of the paper and in a reference section at the 
end of the paper
  • Do not use any “wiki” sources – use only appropriate scholarly sources
  • Do not use first person constructions like “I believe that …”
  • Limit the use of quotes: Explain concepts in your own words 
Performance Standards 
The Signature Project will be evaluated based on the following performance rubric:

Course Outline–HRM 667 Page 9

Dimensions RUBRIC
Measure Exceeds Standards Meets Standards Misses Standards
Job Evaluation Planning Internal and external issues; current policies and existing compensation schemes that must be taken into account. Current organizational issues to be addressed through compensation and benefits. Discussion of current literature on reward systems and strategic factors affecting compensation planning. General identification of various components in many of the sections in contrast to very specific description, analysis and evaluation of the components for each of the categories Little to no identification of specific components listed in each of the four dimensions.
Job Analysis Job Requirements to collect compensable data on the job for setting pay and other job rewards. Legal Issues
Evaluation Plan & Process Methodology, factors to be considered, intrinsic and extrinsic issues relevant to the job(s), and organization and market forces affecting relative worth/value of the job(s)
Internal Pricing: Job evaluation factors and degree present in selected job. Comparison of job to internal benchmarks and/or other related jobs.
External Pricing: Identified market and benchmark jobs. Assessment of incentives and benefits common to the industry and market that will influence the shape and values to be established for the selected job.
Performance Appraisal, Feedback and Incentivization Internal Pricing: Job evaluation factors and degree present in selected job. Comparison of job to internal benchmarks and/or other related jobs.
External Pricing: Identified market and benchmark jobs. Assessment of incentives and benefits common to the industry and market that will influence the shape and values to be established for the selected job.
Theories – Development of Ideas
Measure Exceeds Standards Meets Standards Misses Standards
Description Specific Development of Ideas with Paragraph Headings for Each Idea Description General Development of Ideas No Clear Development of Ideas
Analysis Specific Analysis of Ideas using more than One Factor Some Analysis of Ideas No Analysis of Ideas
Evaluation Specific Evaluation of Ideas based upon Substantial Reasoning
using theories discussed in class and text
(e.g., effective v. ineffective) Opinion(s) Stated without much Critical Thought or Reasoning No Clear Assessment or Evaluation of Ideas
Closing Summary Specific Summary Emphasizing Key Ideas and Value to Reader General Closing Summary No Closing Summary
Identification + Use of Correct Listing of References at End and Correct Use of References in Text Some Identification of References and Poor Use in No References Used or Identified


Student Discipline and Plagiarism

All assignment will be checked for plagiarism using the SafeAssign feature in the Blackboard on-line companion Web site. This feature checks for both material copied from the Internet and identical material from other papers submitted through Blackboard SafeAssign.

The following is general information on plagiarism; all students should refer to the student catalog for specific information. Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas or work as one’s own. As such, plagiarism constitutes fraud or theft. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner that reflects honesty and high moral standards. It is the students’ responsibility to maintain academic honesty and integrity and to manifest their commitment to the goals of the University through their conduct and behavior. Any form of academic dishonesty, or inappropriate conduct by students or applicants, may result in penalties ranging from a warning to dismissal, as deemed appropriate by the University.

Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, and any attempt to obtain credit for academic work through fraudulent, deceptive, or dishonest means. Below is a list of some of the forms academic dishonesty may take:

  1. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
  2. Submitting work previously submitted in another course without the consent of the instructor.
  3. Sitting for an examination by surrogate or acting as a surrogate.
  4. Representing the words, ideas, or work of another as one’s own in any academic 

Avoiding Plagiarism

The writing assignments in this class are individual assignments. The student develops and writes the assignment on an individual basis. While students may consult with each other, each assignment submitted must be entirely the original effort of the student who submits it. Further, students must not submit an assignment from a previous course.

Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. For example, it would be necessary to give credit to an author who provided an argument about the strategic importance of the Emancipation Proclamation in the American Civil War. Conversely, major historical facts, such as the dates of the American Civil War, are considered common knowledge and do not require that credit be given to a particular author.

If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page.