Managing Diversity

Subject MGMT90012 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 06-Aug-2016 to 11-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 23-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 12-Aug-2016
Census Date 19-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This intensive subject is taught over 36 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance


Entry to Master of Human Resource Management, Master of Management and Master of Management (Human Resources). (MC-MGTS, MC-MGMT, MC-MGTHRES, MC-MGMTHRE).



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Assoc Prof Susan Ainsworth



Subject Overview:

Managing diversity is a strategic approach towards HRM. It is about utilising human resources efficiently and effectively by identifying significant differences in the workforce and labour markets, and exploring the potential advantages of workforce diversity. This subject will examine the key issues of managing diversity from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. The focus of the subject is anti-discrimination in all aspects of employment. This will be examined by a consideration of the discrimination and fairness, access and legitimacy, and learning and effectiveness paradigms.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain and critically evaluate the issues related to using staff efficiently and effectively;
  • Illustrate the significant differences in the workforce and labour markets;
  • Analyse and evaluate the potential advantages of workforce diversity.
  • Take-home examination, due during the examination period (50%);
  • 2500 word individual assignment due in week 6 (30%); and
  • 20 minute group presentation (15 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions and discussion).due in weeks 9-11 (20%).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills, which should be developed through seminar discussion, and research based on theoretical and empirical information;
  • Communication skills and collaborative learning, which should be developed through joint research and oral presentations;
  • The ability to apply theory to practice, which should be enhanced by analysing cases;
  • Synthesis of information, which should be fostered by adopting a strategic approach towards managing diversity of workforce.
Related Course(s): Master of Management (Human Resources)
Master of Management (Human Resources)
Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 Point Master of Management (Human Resources)
Master of International Business electives

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