Over the course of this semester, we will have examined a variety of Human Resource
Management topics and issues. For this research assignment, you will submit a written
research paper in Microsoft Word, submitted in Canvas for your instructor to evaluate.
*Please read the requirements below before you begin this research assignment.
1. Make sure you understand that the first part of the research paper is to cover the
“top” three to five Human Resource Management challenges and trends affecting
HRM and not on one specific topic such as recruitment.
With such on open-ended assignment, I would like you to link your thoughts to
the content shared by your textbook and others in the field through your
scholarly research and an interview with an HR professional (explained below).
2. The second part of the research paper should specifically explain and discuss in-depth
the Affordable Care Act and the changes with the DACA program in relation to Human
Resource Management. Include up to date information. Note this section is worth 20
3. In addition, Interview an HR professional to gain real life insight and include the
information in your research paper on the challenges and trends HR professionals are
facing today and in the future as well as their perspective on the impacts of the ACA
and DACA. You are required include a minimum of four in-depth questions and
statements from the interview with an HR professional.
You should incorporate this interview throughout the paper as it fits with your research;
make sure to include the appropriate in-text citations.
You have the freedom to choose which questions you would like to ask the HR
professional, however you are required to include sections a, b, and c below in your
interview. Include the information in both your paper.
a. Include a brief introduction and background of the HR professional (or
manager) you chose to interview. If they do not want their name included, that is
b. Include the HR professional’s thoughts and experiences relating to the top
challenges and trends you chose to research as well as if they are experiencing
other challenges and trends in their workplace. In addition, their experience
and thoughts about the Affordable Care Act and DACA.
c. Include the HR professional’s thoughts and experiences with HR becoming a
strategic partner in organizations today and in the future.
Note – You may want to start your research with the interview with an HR
professional to gain real life insight on the top challenges and trends impacting HR
today and in the future in the workplace, then research those topics more indepth. However, you decide what works best for you. Have fun and get creative with
the interview! This is a great opportunity to connect what we have learned
throughout this course, your research, and gain valuable real life insight from an HR
4. In your conclusion of the research paper in addition to summarizing your research and
interview, explain how HR is a strategic partner in organizations today and in the
Begin your paper with a strong introduction that sets the stage for what you will cover in the
paper and end your paper with a strong summary/conclusion that thoughtfully ends your
paper, telling the reader what can be learned by understanding the materials presented in the
Format and Structure Requirements:
Write an 8-10 page research paper summarizing your findings relating to your topic.
o A typical expectation on the length of this paper would be a minimum of eight
pages, not including your cover page or bibliography.
o It is okay to go over the 8-10 pages, if necessary.
Include an APA formatted cover page and bibliography.
Your paper is to be prepared with 12 point font, Times New Roman or Calibri styles are
Your paper is to be double-spaced and one inch margins on all sides.
A minimum of FIVE scholarly references is required for this research assignment, one of
which can be your textbook.
o Please note: Wikipedia is not considered a scholarly reference and should not be
used. Include in-text citations throughout your paper.
Make sure that you use APA “referencing protocol,” with in-text citations clearly
specified within your paper as well as in the bibliography.
o Text must be in your own wording and the paper must be specifically written for
this course and may not be used from a different course. Each paper will be
checked for plagiarism using web based search engines.
o Include the appropriate in-text citations throughout your paper relating to the
specific research you found.
For each section of your paper, make sure you include headings and bold them. Look at
your textbook as an example of bold headings.
o Each time a new section or topic is started a heading is used to let the reader
know what will be covered.
Make sure you not only share the opinions of experts, but also include your own
Scholastic Dishonesty (statement from the course syllabus)
You are expected to do your own academic work and cite sources as necessary. Failing to do
so is scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty means plagiarizing; cheating on assignments
or examinations; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work including using
work submitted in a different course; taking, acquiring, or using test materials without faculty
permission; submitting false or incomplete records of academic achievement; acting alone or in
cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or
professional endorsement; altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record; or
fabricating or falsifying data, research procedures, or data analysis.
How will your paper be graded?
Note: Read through the grading rubric stated below prior to writing your paper so you
understand how it will be graded.
____/10 points: Introduction: set the stage for what is going to be presented in the paper and
catch the attention of the reader.
____/10 points: Organization, grammar, spelling, and proper use of content headings led to a
logical flow to a conclusion, free from spelling and grammar errors.
____/40 points: Section #1 – The Challenges and Trends in Meeting HR Needs in 2019
Discussion including the interview with an HR professional.
____/20 points: Section #2 – The impact of the Affordable Care Act and the changes to the
DACA program in relation to HRM Discussion. Including insights from the interview with an
HR professional. *Note this section is worth 20 points.
____/10 points: Summary/Conclusion Demonstrates a clear personal understanding of the
topics covered and summarizes future issues. Included an explanation as to how HR is a
strategic partner in organizations today.
____/10 points: References – APA format within the paper and in the bibliography including
proper in-text citations. (Quantity and Quality) Note this section should also be double-spaced.
____/100 Total Points
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Instructor.
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