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MGMT8022 - Workforce Diversity

Title:Workforce Diversity
Long Title:Workforce Diversity
Module Code:MGMT8022
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Business & Management
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: CAROLINE O REILLY
Module Author: Antoinette Hogan
Module Description: An organisation that manages diversity effectively will have a competitive advantage over organisations that do not. This module introduces students to different diverse workgroups that need to be managed effectively. The theoretical perspective of workforce diversity are explored on the bases of age, sex, religion, gender, race, sexual orientation and disability. The complexities of the business case for diversity are examined through case study work.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse the comprehension of the complexities in the employee/employer relationship.
LO2 Compare and contrast the implications of diversity on the welfare of existing employees, the diverse group and the organisation.
LO3 Apply a theoretical perspective of the principles that underpin the management of diversity management.
LO4 Appraise strategies and techniques for managing diversity.
LO5 Analyse Human Resource strategies in the context of a diverse workforce.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Diversity Management
Uncovering the complexities of workplace diversity, paradigms for dealing with diversity, the business case for diversity and challenges against diversity benefits.
Gender, race and age management
Strategies for dealing with women in the workplace, earning gaps, foreign nationals in the workplace and strategies for retaining the older worker.
Religion and Sexual Orientation
Accomodating employees with different religious affiliations. Strategies for inclusion and acceptance of employees with differing sexual orientations.
Strategies for increasing the participation of people with disabilities in the workplace, atypical work forms.
Human Resource Strategies
Human Resources strategies analysed from the perspective of a diverse workforce.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Students will be required to present on diversity initiatives in organisations for example, "Present The Impact of The Gender Recognition Legislation on the Irish Employment Context" 2,3,4 30.0 Week 8
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Based Instruction 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Tutorial Instruction 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Study and Reading 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent reading and study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Byrd, M.Y., Scott, C.L. 2014, Diversity in The Workplace: Current Issues and Emerging Trends, Routledge [ISBN: 978-0-415-859]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Syed J., Ozbilgin, M. 2015, Managing Diversity and Inclusion: An International Perspective, Sage Publications [ISBN: 978-144629429]
  • Kaplan, M., Donovan, M., McCarthy, A. 2013, The Inclusion Dividend: Why Investing in Diversity and Inclusion Pays Off, Bibliomotion Inc [ISBN: 978-1-937134-]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Journal: Harvard Business Reviewhttps://hbr.org/

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_FHEBU_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Home Economics and Business 6 Mandatory
CR_BBUSS_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) 1 Elective
CR_BBADM_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business Administration 1 Elective
CR_BIBLA_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language 7 Elective

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