The assessment for this module will take the form of an individually authored report which will comprise of secondary data and, where appropriate, primary research.
In line with the thematic syllabus content the students will be encouraged to select a single theme or a set of issues pertinent to a topic area as the focus of their investigation. So, for example, one might elect to write about trade unions and the question of diversity, or the relationship between HRM and diversity awareness, and so on.
A number of titles will be offered as examples.
The indicative length of the course work will be 3,000 words.
This length is deemed appropriate because of the structure of the report. The report will fall into two rough, ‘halves’. In the first half the student is required to offer an analytical, contextual overview of the subject matter under review. The second half requires the student to present a policy-oriented analysis of the theme, or issue selected.
The assessment must be referenced, systematically, throughout.
The aim of this assignment is to equip students with the means necessary to develop a knowledge & understanding of the history, principles and practice which comprise the key debates concerning Managing Diversity.
In order that students are able to begin to develop the rational criteria necessary to arrive at knowledge-based judgment and balanced evaluation the assignment will provide:
the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of orthodox explanations of and for Managing Diversity;
the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the critical perspectives on the relevant subject matter;
the opportunity to develop an understanding of the contextual and generative forces and structures within and through which the Management of Diversity has emerged as a body of theory and practice;
the opportunity to understand and evaluate the role of different institutional actors in the emergence and shaping of the policy and practice of Managing Diversity.
Marking Scheme/ Assessment Criteria
1. Data and evidence gathered from a range of sources (30%) Shows evidence of having undertaken relevant reading and backs up discussions with a credible evidence base in order to consider the issues focussed on and underpinning the assignment brief.
2. Recognition and use of concepts (30%)
Uses and applies topic specific concepts in a critical manner. Good integration of theory/practice and information
3. Reasoning and Judgement (30%)
Able to extract essential elements of theory for discussion and relate to the wider context and perspectives in relation to the chosen topic.
4. Presentation (10%)
Uses appropriate format and referencing protocol. Clear, interesting, and logically structured.
Excellent Outcome: 60%
Most of the relevant information/skills accurately deployed.
Excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements.
Good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work’s objectives.
UnSatisfactory Outcome: 40-49%
Much of the relevant information/skills mostly accurately deployed.
Adequate grasp of the theoretical/conceptual/practical elements.
Fair integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work’s objectives.