Course Title: Issues in Diversity

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Issues in Diversity

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Raymond Trau

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5516

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.08.77

Course Coordinator Availability: By email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the challenges, rewards, policies and practices associated with managing today’s increasingly diverse workforce. Diversity and inclusion have the potential to enhance performance of employees and their organisations, yet the benefits of diversity are only realised with effective management and human resource policies and practices. This course specifically focuses on a range of issues including a minor focus psychological processes of individuals and groups in the workplace and the extent to which these processes impact on how individual and groups interact with each other and contribute to organisational performance.This course also studies and explores the impact of organisational and community characteristics on the diversity and inclusion of employees and associated policies and practices.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. distinguish the behavioural, cultural and everyday experiences of a diverse range of identity groups in organisations (e.g., gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability/disability, appearance, age, religion, prejudice(s), "social class," and culture);
  2. research and analyse the psychological process that influence our own and others’ assumptions, attitudes and stereotypes regarding differences in diversity;
  3. critically analyse the specific challenges as well as the potential value of diversity and inclusion, and reasons why diversity management is essential for organisations and the community;
  4. research and design diversity and inclusion policies and practices to enhance employee and organisational performance for potential or actual application.
  5. interpret actually or theoretically apply concepts and tools to engage with others in diverse and technically complex employment situations

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities are to provide an opportunity for you to discuss and apply diversity and inclusion theories and practices learned in this course. The course will use a mixture of learning activities in lectures incorporate cutting-edge learning activities and technologies, including:

  • Polls and quizzes;
  • Videos: expert opinion and case study demonstration;
  • Panel discussions with diversity experts

The course also provides you with an opportunity to analyse behaviours and management problems within a workplace context, in order to design relevant diversity and inclusion policies and practices. Active learning within an individual or group learning setting, will take the form of:

  • Case study analysis
  • Exercises
  • Scenario analysis
  • Debates

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop also below.

Assessment Task 1: 20%

Assessment Task 2: 40%

Assessment Task 3: 40%

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.