Managing a Global and Diverse Workforce - Essay Prowess

Managing a Global and Diverse Workforce

Managing a Global and Diverse Workforce

  



Managing a Global and Diverse Workforce

Main aim(s) of the module:

The Module provides insight into different international HRM approaches and by means of country specific HRM models and practices, explores the aspects of equality and diversity, including organisational behaviour and the nature of formal and informal processes in organisations which influence the implementation and effectiveness of equality and diversity initiatives, the labour market, demographic trends and the wider social, economic and political context.

The module is a Level 5 module, and is rated as 30 academic credits at this level.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE MODULE

These module aims are implemented through a set of Learning Outcomes.

The Learning Outcomes for the module are set out below. Passing the module means that you can show you have met the outcomes by satisfactorily completing the assessment tasks.

The Learning Outcomes are also allotted to key skills which have been identified as those skills you need to develop to show understanding of their subject and prepare for work and life.

On completion of the module, you should be able to:

Knowledge

  1. Demonstrate a broad comprehension of the complex nature of initiatives and comparative aspects in the field of International HRM.
  2. Demonstrate a broad comprehension of the complex nature of initiatives and comparative aspects of equality and diversity issues.

Thinking skills

  • Demonstrate critical analytical ability in the examination of a range of contemporary International HRM concepts.
  • Demonstrate critical analytical ability in the examination of issues relating to equality and diversity.

Subject-based practical skills

       5.    Show understanding and reflective analysis of the importance of contexts and external and internal environments influencing the implementation of choices and effectiveness of HRM initiatives.

  1. Show understanding and reflective analysis of the importance of contexts that relate to equality and diversity issues.

Skills for life and work (general skills)

  • Demonstrate written and oral understanding of the nature, concepts and approaches in global human resource management practices, with the effective ability to communicate through written and/or presentational methods with some ability to undertake some research.
  • Demonstrate written and oral understanding of the nature, concepts and issues in equality and diversity, with the effective ability to communicate through written and/or presentational methods with some ability to undertake some research.

1. Assessment

There are two components to the assessment.

Component 1:

You will need to find a small group to work with, ideally a group of four people. Once you have formed your group. (Ideally groups should have four people.) Please email names and student numbers to [email protected]  This should be done by 2 November, 2015.

Your task is to identify an aspect of equality and diversity in action based on research that you have done on one organisation. There are various aspects to consider such as gender, race, age, class, privilege, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, disability. (You don’t need to focus on more than one.) You need to think about things such as:

  • How does the organisation present itself?
  • What negative experiences might there have been? (This might be because of tribunals or negative information in the media about the practices of the organisation.)
  • Could you find a short video that might emphasise some of the points that you are making? (Check on www.youtube.com)

You will be asked to do a fifteen minute presentation on your chosen organisation/topic followed by five minutes of questions.

As you have Samsung tablets, we are considering letting you work on your group work and then when you are ready to you can video your group’s presentation and then post it to a site which we shall advise to you. However, any videos will only be used for second marking and review by the external.

One person within your group will also be expected to submit the slides that you have used to Turnitin. These slides should be submitted in the notes version of Powerpoint. You must make sure that you submit a copy of the slides that also includes the notes that you have written for what you would say for each slide.You need to create a pdf of your Powerpoint Presentation in the Notes view. You need to include the Notes that you would have used that relate to each specific slide, I realise that some of you may not be sure how to do this. Here is a video that shows how it should be done:

Watching the video should make this clearer.

Please see the assessment sheet – Appendix 1.

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This is an individual 750 word reflective account where you reflect on your experiences and feedback from your formative presentation/s and the actions that you took as a result of any feedback that you got prior to the formal presentation as well as in your planning and preparation for this assessment. In addition, your reflections regarding the actual presentation that you did are also relevant. This might also include some reflection on collaboration, team working and the choice of organisation/area of focus.  So it would be good if you made some links to Tuckman’s theory on how teams perform. You might also consider Belbin roles in teams and people’s preference in team working.

Please make sure that your work has an appropriate structure i.e. there is an introduction, your discussion and a conclusion of some of the key points. Please also remember that you need to reference appropriate academic sources in order to support assertions.

Please note this is NOT a discussion on equality and diversity in your chosen organisation and it is NOT a description of what you did.

Submission date: 18 December 2015

Please note that work should be submitted through the Turnitin link for the reflective account.

The following criteria will be taken into account in the assessment of the Assignment and relate to the learning outcomes as indicated:

Students will be expected to show that they are able to integrate the relevant areas as covered by the module into the essay and to ensure that the learning outcomes are addressed.

Another point to consider is the need to include critical analysis in the essay since this is expected at level 5. If you are unsure about critical analysis, you need to check the skills development available through in the library as well as the writing skills development books available in the library.

  • The number, variety and relevance of background reading (10%)
  • Level of perception in the complexity of the reflection (20%)
  • Level of the complexity of the reflection and the detail and depth provided (20%)
  • Development of a logical argument that relates to the question (20%)
  • Understanding of the source material demonstrated through the way that this is integrated into the essay in order to support assertions (10%)
  • General presentation including structure (10%)
  • Standard of referencing (10%)

(NOTE: A high standard is required for a good grade as is a critical approach)

Component 2:

A 2,500 word critical account on a current international issue that relates to one country.

On the module, we have looked at various countries but there are other countries that you might like to write about (NOT the UK). We have also covered aspects such as inequality of pay, gender, age, race, inequality regimes, aspects of working conditions, employee relations and the impact of national culture on the workplace as well as others that you may choose to focus on for this component.

Please note that your focus should be work related and you should also choose a country which has been researched. So for example, I would NOT suggest the Congo as a suitable country.

So for this assignment, you will do the following:

Write a 2,500 word critical account on a contemporary international issue, based on a country, other than the UK, in line with the main aims of the module. Examples of these issues are as follows:

  • Norway and the impact of quotas for women on boards
  • the role of women in work in a specific country
  • the role of seniority in Japan
  • the role of unions in employee relations in China
  • how India has managed the caste system in education and work
  • how performance management might be applied in China

The approach to the assignment will be discussed in the lectures and seminars. You can also discuss your ideas with your Module Leader or Seminar Tutor at that time.

Please make sure that you include an introduction and a conclusion.

 The following criteria will be taken into account in the assessment of the Assignment and relate to the learning outcomes as indicated:

Students will be expected to show that they are able to integrate the relevant areas as covered by the module into the essay and to ensure that the learning outcomes are addressed.

Another point to consider is the need to include critical analysis in the essay since this is expected at level 5. If you are unsure about critical analysis, you need to check the skills development available through in the library as well as the writing skills development books available in the library.

  • The number, variety and relevance of background reading (10%)
  • Level of perception in the complexity of the answer (20%)
  • Discussion of the complexity of the work environment and how this relates to managing a global and diverse workforce in the chosen country/context (20%)
  • Development of a logical argument that relates to the question (20%)
  • Understanding of the source material demonstrated through the way that this is integrated into the essay in order to support arguments and assertions (10%)
  • General presentation including structure (10%)
  • Standard of referencing (10%)

(NOTE: A high standard is required for a good grade as is a critical approach)

Submission date: 4 May, 2016

Late submission will be permitted for coursework, with a penalty of 5 marks, but only for a maximum of 24 hours after which a mark of zero will be awarded unless a request for extenuation is submitted and agreed.

General Grading Criteria Used To Assess Work

Undergraduate Programmes:

General guidelines for standards expected at different levels of study.
Grade Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
First (70% or above) Thorough understanding of relevant ideas.  Clear and well referenced argument.  Coherent structure. Ideas critically analysed.  Argument is clear, succinct and well supported.  Evidence of a wide range of reading and some independent thought. Critical work evidencing excellent synthesis and application of ideas.  Work is exceptionally well constructed and presented.
Upper Second (60-69%) Sound understanding.  Well written and relevant argument.  Appropriately referenced. Critical consideration of relevant ideas.  Arguments are precisely defined and appropriately referenced.  The work is structurally sound and well written. Ideas are critically applied and coherently presented.  Evidence of wide reading and some originality.  Well referenced
Lower Second (50-59%) Evidence of understanding and independent reading.  Adequate referencing, but some unsubstantiated material.  Weaknesses in spelling, structure & grammar. Reasonable understanding of the relevant concepts, but some inconsistencies in application.  Arguments are referenced, but disjointed.  Poor structure, spelling or grammar. Clear grasp of concepts and some critical application.  Appropriately referenced and relevant argument.  Reasonable structure and syntax.  Well presented
Third (40-49%) Indication of some understanding, but poor application of ideas.  Minimal referencing.  Generally weak structure. Generally descriptive work with limited evidence of a critical consideration of ideas.  Inadequate referencing.  Weaknesses in structure, spelling and grammar. Evidence of good understanding of issues, but crudely applied.  Work indicates some critical thinking, but tends towards description.  Argument may be unbalanced.  Poor structure and presentation
Fail (below 40%) Irrelevant or poorly analysed material.  Indication of weak grasp of concepts.  Inadequate structure.  Poor grammar and spelling. Uncritical.  Poorly referenced.  Argument indicates little use of relevant literature.  Chaotic structure and generally badly written. Poorly referenced and suggests inadequate exploration of relevant literature.  Chaotic structure and generally badly written.


General Presentation

The project must be word processed or typed on A4 paper, double spaced with 25mm margins. The font and font size must be such that the project is easily readable e.g. a font size of either 12 or 14 point (excluding headings). Use widely-used fonts such as Arial, not those that might be considered informal or unusual.

Pages must be sequentially numbered.

Chapters, sections and sub-sections must be clearly identified and sequentially numbered or lettered with separate chapters beginning on a new page.

Diagrams, graphs, figures, tables, pictures and charts must be incorporated into the project, NOT photocopies stuck in and they should be clearly labelled and referenced.

References must be accurately provided in the text using the Harvard System (see the UEL library website).

All quotations must be acknowledged and correctly presented within the text i.e. other than very short ones, quotations should be indented and in single spacing. (see the UEL library website).

Number of words should be mentioned on the assignment’s front sheet.

Submission of Work

Submission is through TURNITIN only. No hard copies required. Please read carefully the TURNITIN submission instruction and make sure that you submit as early as possible to avoid any technical problems that could prevent your submission in time. Late submission will be permitted for coursework, with a penalty of 5 marks, but only for a maximum of 24 hours after which a mark of zero will be awarded.

You are advised to keep a copy of your project for your own retention and use (e.g. to show to prospective employers). Extenuating circumstances also apply.

Since you submit through TURNITIN using your student number, you have to input your STUDENT NUMBER in the Subject. So the subject of your submission is your Student Number and nothing else. 

Our policy on the use of Turnitin recognises the educational desirability that all of our students should enjoy the opportunity to self-submit their work to Turnitin (before submitting for assessment).  We also recognise that Turnitin Originality Reports will sometimes assist in the identification of plagiarised work submitted for assessment.

Work that is submitted to Turnitin generates a Turnitin originality report, showing which parts of it have been reproduced from which sources. The system compares submissions to material that is to be found: on the world-wide web; in its database of previous submissions; and in its growing number of databases of published articles. You should not assume that a Turnitin originality report with a low similarity index is evidence that the piece of work concerned is free from plagiarism.

Our policy provides that a Module Leader may decide, in accordance with the policy of the School of Business and Law, that all student submissions for a particular component of assessment should be submitted to Turnitin, provided that the relevant Module Guide includes a notice to that effect.

Notice is hereby given that all submissions of reports for this Module must be submitted to Turnitin. Detailed guidance on how to submit your work to Turnitin will be made available on this Module’s Moodle site.

If you fail to submit your report to Turnitin, in accordance with the guidance on the Moodle site, you will be awarded a mark of 0 for the component.

If you have any questions about Turnitin, you should go to “Frequently Asked Questions” at http://www.nlearning.co.uk/faqsearch.php?sol=turnitin.  ).

The material that you submit to Turnitin will be marked.  The deadline applies so you are advised to submit before 23.00 because it could take some time for your submission to upload, and the delay could cause the work to be received after 23.59.  A late submission will receive a mark of 0 unless the work is submitted within 24 hours when there is a penalty of 5 marks.

Please be aware that the Turnitin site will advise you that late submissions are accepted.  This is only for the purposes of allowing students who are claiming extenuation to submit their work.

Please read the material in the submission folder and make sure that you attach the feedback sheet as requested and save the document using the format for the name of the document as specified.

 

Deadline

No extensions can be given so you are recommended to set yourself a date to finish ahead of the deadline to give yourself some room for last minute delays or interruptions (including the likes of internet or software failures etc.).

Extenuating Circumstances

Extenuating Circumstances are circumstances which: 

  • impair your examination performance in assessment or reassessment, or
  • prevent you from attending for assessment or reassessment, or
  • prevent you from submitting assessed or reassessed work by the scheduled date

If you need to apply for extenuating circumstances please find the relevant information at:

www.uel.ac.uk/qa/documents/extenuatingcircumstances.doc

Re-assessment Work

You will need to retrieve this assignment if any of the following occur during the semester:

  • You fail to achieve 30% or more for this assignment
  • You fail to achieve 40% for the module and you failed to achieve 40% or more for this assignment.

You will be expected to complete a similar piece of work for your second attempt.

Student Appeals

Students who wish to appeal against Field and Award Boards decisions can find the relevant information at: http://www.uel.ac.uk/qa/qualityass_appeals.htm

Return of feedback and marked work
There will be sessions allocated for coursework feedback where the module leader/seminar leader will offer oral feedback in relation to drafts of your work.  The grade and final mark will be awarded after you make your final submission online as per the deadline stated above. This will be after the end of the semester. You should however check your coursework later on to read the comments and written feedback left by both first marker and, where relevant, second marker.

Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism

The policy on Cheating and Plagiarism is:

Cheating is action taken to secure unfair advantage by misrepresenting personal, unaided work and is defined in UEL’s Examination and Assessment Regulations as any use of unfair means in an attempt to enhance performance. It is viewed as an extremely serious offence which cannot be excused by examination nerves, personal or external circumstances, or claims that the culprit was unaware of the significance of their actions.

As a breach of the Regulations it is normally penalised by failure in the relevant year and/or expulsion from the university. A student’s possession of material which could be used to enhance performance is, itself, sufficient for this penalty to apply, whether or not this material has actually been employed.

Plagiarism is defined as submission for assessment of work written or copied from another person, or ideas taken from another source without acknowledgement. It is a breach of UEL’s Regulation and can be defined as cheating.

General Points

You should bear in mind the following points:

– make a realistic timetable and work to it. Timetables should make allowances for e.g. normal sickness, household and work responsibilities, holidays, recreation time, technological hardware and software glitches –which does not leave much time to complete the work!;

– back up your work if kept on memory stick;

– always keep details of your references and quotations

– keep copies of raw data (questionnaires etc), data analysis for audit purposes.

Serious consideration should be given to a systematic approach to recording and filing information, references and quotations e.g. a card index system (see Bell (1993) for further information). Much information will be gathered during the research process and without a systematic method of record keeping details, dates, references etc. could be lost and/or inaccurately remembered.

Appendix 1: Presentation Assessment Sheet

HR5001 Group assessment

Seminar Group:                                                                                   Time of presentation:

   

Student Numbers:

For the group presentations, the assessment will be based on the following criteria:

Assessment criteria Mark Observations
The content of the group’s work (both written and oral) should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic. This will include an appropriate level of research into the organisation as well as understanding of any relevant theories. (20 marks)          
The group presentation should be structured in such a way which is logical in terms of sequence and development. (20 marks)      
The group should use an appropriate range of visual aids and support materials. The actual presentation is important and this covers how voices are projected and the use of eye contact and body language in general. (20 marks)      
The presentation/written report should provide clear evidence of team work. (10 marks)      
Good range of sources identified and used and correctly referenced. Clear, well presented work i.e. no typos, spelling mistakes. (10 marks)      
The group should be able to take and answer questions on their presentation and the organisation. The responses to these questions should show confidence and knowledge of the organisation/relevant areas covered by the module (20 marks)          
TOTAL    

1st marker:                                                                            Date:

2nd marker:                                                                           Date: