Option 2 – The business rationale for diversity management (Topic 3)
Study the business rationale for diversity management and the debates surrounding this using the information in Topic 3, and at least 10 additional sources. At least five of the additional sources must be academic journals or books/book chapters published in the last ten years.
Then, answer this question.
Are you convinced by the business rationale argument for diversity management? What argument would you make to Mark French regarding the business case for focusing on diversity management in CERA?
Online submission via Turnitin is required for this assignment. Details will be provided by your subject lecturer.
This assessment task will enable you to demonstrate your achievement of the following learning outcomes in the subject:
• be able to critically analyse and assess recent literature on human resource management, and debate the issues raised;
• be able to explain how human resource management initiatives assist stakeholders within organisations to respond to changing workplace environments;
• be able to discuss, explain and analyse the relationship between organisational strategy and human resource strategies.
Marking guide for Assessment 2
|Criterion and weighting||High distinction||Distinction||Credit||Pass||Fail|
|Critical analysis and assessment of relevant literature in the development of an argument (45 marks)||Demonstrates critical reading ability in reviewing recent literature.
Constructs an evidence-based argument, drawing on academic and professional sources.
Uses the literature to develop the student’s own voice in constructing an argument.
|Demonstrates critical reading ability, the ability to construct an evidence-based argument and the exercise of independent judgment. There are gaps in critical evaluation of claims and in the use of the literature to develop the student’s own voice.
|There is an imbalance between description and critical evaluation of the literature.
This leads to an argument that is driven more by authors’ claims.
|The discussion demonstrates an attempt to exercise critical, independent judgment; however, it tends to be overly descriptive of the literature.
Thus, the argument consists largely of an organised set of claims made by authors.
|Largely descriptive, lacking independent critical evaluation of claims. The line of argument is difficult to find.|
|Referencing (8 marks)
(Minimum referencing requirement: ten sources, including five academic sources from the last ten years.)
|Referencing is comprehensive, demonstrates academic integrity, and conforms exactly to APA style conventions.
|Referencing is comprehensive, demonstrates academic integrity, and conforms to APA style conventions with fewer than three minor errors or omissions which don’t impact on the transparency and traceability of the source, or the demonstration of academic integrity.
|Referencing is comprehensive and mostly accurate according to APA style conventions. Up to eight minor errors or omissions in style and formatting choices (e.g. italics, punctuation, underlining) don’t impact on the transparency and traceability of the source, or the demonstration of academic integrity.
|Referencing is comprehensive and mostly accurate according to APA style conventions. Frequent minor errors or omissions in style and formatting choices (e.g. italics, punctuation, underlining) don’t impact on the transparency and traceability of the source, or the demonstration of academic integrity.||Fails to meet criteria for a pass. (<2.5)|
|Report writing technique
|The report is formatted correctly. It is written using appropriate language and style. A coherent argument is built, with each point building on the previous one. Each part of argument is connected to the question.||Minor errors in report format. The writing style and language are appropriate for a report.
There are minor errors in coherence of the argument and in connections made to the question. It is thus unclear at times why some parts of the argument have been provided.
|The report is formatted according to business report conventions, but with some errors in format. The language and writing style are not always appropriate to a report genre. There may be gaps in coherence of the argument, making it difficult to follow.
|The report is on the right track, but needs significant improvement in format and/or writing style and/or coherence.||Poor formatting, written expression and/or coherence.|
- Use the business report format that is provided in the Resources link on the HRM502 I2 site.
- Use 12 point font size, and 1.5 line spacing.
- Include a cover page stating the subject code and title, the assessment number and title, your name and student id, and the word count.