Diversity in Organizations
BUA5VED Further Guidance on Assessment One: Diversity in Organisations
Assessment One covers weeks one to five on the subject of diversity.
You need to produce an individual written assignment (total 2,500 words, 35 marks). Details of what is expected regarding Assessment One are below.
You should look at the Marking Rubric so you understand the criteria that will be used to assess your work.
For questions and discussion about any aspect of this assessment, you should go to the Forum Q&A and post there.
Individual Written Assignment (Total 2,500 words, 35 marks)
The individual written assignment comprises three inter-related components.
1.1 Self-reflection (500 words, 5 marks)
1.2 Literature review (1,200 words, 20 marks)
1.3 Application exercise (800 words, 10 marks)
Applying your newly gained understanding of cognitive diversity, identify and discuss a workplace or organisational situation where your position on a particular cognitive diversity dimension influenced your involvement and the outcome.
Begin by thinking about situations from your workplace or organisational context (past or present) where you noticed differences in beliefs, attitudes or behaviours between you and other people. Was there something about that particular situation that made you wonder what was going on, and what your underlying beliefs or thought processes were? Did the apparent differences create conflict or disagreement? Or was the diversity on display well harnessed by those involved?
Next, go to the results of your personal cognitive mapping exercise. Is there one of the dimensions (e.g., in what patterns do people reason? is uncertainty avoided or tolerated? etc.) that you find particularly interesting or important in terms of your work or professional context? Did you find it difficult to place yourself on any of the dimensions? Or by contrast, did other dimensions speak to you more easily?
Now bring together the cognitive diversity dimension and the workplace or organisational situation. Describe that situation and the dimension, and discuss how your position on that dimension affected your involvement and the outcome of the situation.
For this self-reflective exercise, you are encouraged to write in the first-person. That is to say, it is permissible for this exercise to write: “I have experienced the following …. This happened to me”. Typically, you would not use the first person to write an academic assignment.
1.2 Literature review
Drawing upon academic literature, synthesise and evaluate contemporary approaches to managing workplace inclusion with regard to one of the following topics:
Age diversity and/or older/mature-aged workers
Employing Indigenous Australians
Pick one of the topics above that most interests you, and/or is an important issue in your professional context. Then you should conduct a literature search using the online library resources. Resources to develop your library search and information literacy skills have been provided for this subject in the assessment section of the LMS site.
You should identify academic literature, and specifically peer-reviewed academic journal articles, that provide an insight into managing workplace inclusion with respect to the topic you have chosen. What are the key frameworks, practices and challenges of your chosen area of management practice? What do academics suggest constitutes best practice in managing this area?
For this component, you should ensure that you draw upon 12-15 readings from the academic literature; a minimum of 9 of these readings must be peer-reviewed academic journal articles. You may draw on no more than 2 readings currently available through the reading list for this subject. You are partly being assessed on your research and information literacy skills, and in particular your ability to conduct a library search and to identify appropriate materials for this task.
You should not use the first person to write 1.2.
1.3 Application exercise
With reference to an organisation with which you are familiar, identify and discuss barriers to implementation of best practice in managing workplace inclusion, and recommend steps to achieve and verify a successful implementation.
The aim of this exercise is to get you to apply the knowledge you have gained through the subject, and in particular from your literature search in 1.2, to your current or previous organisation. In addition to applying your new knowledge, you are also being tested on your ability to use academic research as a form of evidence to underpin recommendations that would improve diversity and inclusion practice in your chosen organisation. For 1.3, you should continue with the topic you wrote about in 1.2. You should break down the question into two halves.
First, in terms of your chosen organisation, think about the barriers that you believe exist for implementing best practice in managing workplace inclusion. Your research for 1.2 should have given you an insight into best practice on the topic you are interested in. You should describe the barriers to implementation in your organisation, and discuss the nature and extent of those barriers.
Second, you should them develop recommended steps for achieving the implementation of best practice and verifying a successful implementation.
For this component, you should ensure that you draw upon 8-10 readings from the academic literature; a minimum 6 of these readings must be peer-reviewed academic journal articles. You may draw on no more than 2 readings currently available through the reading list for this subject. You are partly being assessed on your research and information literacy skills, and in particular your ability to conduct a library search and to identify appropriate materials for this task. The academic readings will be of primary significance for responding to the second half
of the question where you are to recommend steps to achieve and verify a successful implementation.
You should not use the first person to write 1.3.
Deadline for Submission
Due date: Monday 28 September, 11:59 pm, Australian EST.
Presentation & Submission Instructions
You should present your work in Times New Roman, 12-point and 1.5 line spacing. You should use the Harvard Referencing for both in-text referencing and to produce your references list. Use the library’s Harvard Academic Referencing Tool to produce your references list.
Remember that under the Harvard Referencing System, the references list does not contribute to your overall word count; nor do any in-text direct quotes from source material. If you wish to include Appendices, you can do this and these will not contribute to your overall word count. However, if the material in an appendix is important to your argument, it should be included in the main body of the text.
You should produce a title page for your assessment that includes: your name and student ID number; subject code (BUA5VED) and title; assessment number and title; final word count.
Before you submit your assignment, you should do a final spell-check and proof-read of your work to eliminate any typographical errors. One tip: check that all the direct quotations in your assignment have been attributed to an author, and given a date and a page number from the source text.
You should submit via LMS through Turnitin and a hard copy to the Student Services Assignment Return Boxes at your campus.