Talent Management in the United States Army

Talent Management in the United States Army

1. Purpose. To provide students the opportunity to apply critical thought to an aspect of human resource management.

2. Additional References. As needed.

3. Requirements:

a. Title Page. Cover pages are required and will not be numbered. Format your title page per the example provided in Enclosure 11.

b. Set 1” margins for the remainder of the paper (right, left, top, and bottom). Your paper must be at least four full pages but no longer than six pages. This page requirement does not include the title page, endnotes, or bibliography. Double-space the entire essay. Indent the first line of each paragraph. Use Arial, size 12 font.

c. Organize your paper logically.

d. Number each page starting with the second page, centered at the bottom of the page.

e. Sources. Students must use three different sources to demonstrate research ability.

f. Use endnotes and a bibliography to document your references. Endnotes and bibliography should each be a separate page. DO NOT use parenthetical citations. Format all endnotes and bibliography using the Chicago/Turabian.

g. You must do your own work.

4. Situation: Based upon your personal experiences in the military and/or knowledge of specific topics related to human resources management, write a scholarly, argumentative paper on some aspect of human resource management and/or development. Your paper should encourage discussion, debate, and critical thought about your particular topic. It may be necessary for you to select a contentious subject or issue, pick a side and support your decision.

Argumentative HR Essay Rubric
Student Assessment Faculty Assessment
Exceptional Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Content (30 pts)
30 pts 21-30 pts 11-19 pts 1-10 pts 30 pts
Thesis is clear and concise. Content is fully compliant with the assigned requirement and the needs of the reader; everything is accurate; level of detail is suited to the needs of the assigned requirement and reader. Explanations and descriptions of content are clear and precise. Quantitative information is relevant and accurate, expressed with appropriate examples, and well integrated into the text. Thesis is not clear. Small omissions or inadequacies in content, but adequately covers the written requirement and needs of the reader. Some minor inaccuracies, but primarily accurate. May occasionally include irrelevant details or omit important details. Explanations and descriptions are almost always clear and precise. Quantitative information is accurate, and related to the text. No thesis. Information (facts, assumptions, concepts/theories) are not accurate, and/or content is irrelevant, missing, or misrepresented, and/or insufficient detail, and/or inaccurate or ineffective management of quantitative information.
Analysis/Problem-Solving/Conclusions (40 pts)
40 pts 27-40 pts 13-26 pts 1-12 pts 40 pts
Attains highest cognitive level that is appropriate to the assignment. Insightful, original analysis; conclusions superbly supported by evidence clearly explained; consideration of ethical/legal issues when relevant; consideration of alternative points of view or counter-evidence is fully addressed. Attains an adequate cognitive level appropriate to the assignment. Thorough analysis, though perhaps not as insightful or original as it could be; conclusions adequately supported by evidence clearly explained; legal/ethical issues addressed but may be superficially treated; alternative points of view or counter-evidence, but may not be fully addressed. Remains at a low cognitive level. Analysis superficial; little or no relation between conclusions and evidence; ethical/legal issues ignored; fails to address alternative points of view or counter evidence.
Organization (10 pts)
10 pts 8-10 pts 4-7 pts 1-3 pts 10 pts
Points are clear and logically arranged so as to develop the content and analysis most productively for the audience. Points are clear. In general, points establish a logical line of reasoning.
Points are not clear or the sequence of points is illogical or inadequate to the needs of the task or audience.

Style (10 pts)
10 pts 8-10 pts 4-7 pts 1-3 pts 10 pts
Words are precise; language is concise and without wordiness; writer’s tone is appropriate to the audience and purpose; sentences track clearly even to the rapid reader; transitions lead smoothly from one idea to the next. Active voice predominates. Sources, as relevant, are appropriately cited. Some language is imprecise but generally understandable. Style is adequate but lacks polish and directness. The language is awkward, hard to read. The reader must backtrack to understand the writer’s meaning, or the reader cannot understand the meaning. Language is extremely wordy; or primarily in passive voice, or inappropriate in tone. Citation of sources is missing or inaccurate.
Correctness (10 pts)
10 pts 8-10 pts 4-7 pts 1-3 pts 10 pts
Few if any departures from the published standard (grammar, punctuation and usage). A few departures from the published standard (grammar, punctuation and usage), but not enough to confuse or distract the reader. Departures from the published standard (grammar, punctuation and usage) significantly confuse or distract the reader.


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