of workforce diversity in the performance of an organization
Course Project—Topic Proposal
This week your Course Project topic proposal is due. Below are the guidelines for this proposal:
proposal needs to discuss which webpage has been chosen and why, and
how the topic is important to the study of cultural diversity.
- Your proposal needs to be in correct APA format, double-spaced with a numbered Title page with a running head.
proposal needs to describe what you expect to find and/or what you
would be interested in learning; describes how you plan to go about your
- Your proposal needs to be well written, well organized, and free from errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Overview and Guidelines
From Understanding and Managing Diversity by Harvey and Allard.
important part of our course is researching information on diversity
and multiculturalism and its social, cultural, and ethical impact upon
individual citizens, groups of people, and society at large. In the
twenty-first century, Web sites are an important channel of
communication between organizations and their external stakeholders. If
an organization is serious about its commitment to diversity, one would
expect that this would be reflected in the design, content, and graphics
of the Web site. Potential employees, customers, suppliers, etc., often
turn first to a Web site before initiating interaction with an
organization. If diversity is really integral to the mission and values
of an organization, information on diversity should be easily
accessible, informative, and well integrated into the Web site.
will select a specific company in an industry such as healthcare,
hospitality, manufacturing government, education, sports, etc. Then,
prepare a report on the following:
- Evaluate how accessible
diversity-related material is on this Web site. Is there a direct link
from the home page? What type of results does entering the term
“diversity” in a search box yield? Or, do you have to explore on your
own? Sometimes searching under “careers” or “press releases” may produce
some diversity-related results. On some Web sites, you will have to
explore deeply into Web pages to find material related to diversity.
What does this say about the organization’s commitment to diversity?
the usefulness of the diversity information to potential employees,
customers, and suppliers. Is the diversity material related to the
organization’s business case for diversity, core values, mission, etc.
the way that the organization does business? How current is the
- Evaluate the appropriateness
of the photographs and graphic material that relates to diversity. Some
Web sites will feature photographs of diverse employees and customers,
yet not link this material to the verbal content. Some reuse the same
pictures on different pages, etc.
- Assume that you are a) a
potential employee, b) a potential customer and c) a potential supplier
or subcontractor. What perceptions might you have about this
organization’s commitment to diversity based solely on the Web site?
Looking at this Web site, do you think that it encourages or discourages
diverse employees to apply for jobs in this organization? Why or why
- What internal management issues can affect the prominence that diversity gets or doesn’t get on an organization’s Web site?
there any diversity awards listed on the Web site? If so, review the
criteria and selection process as presented in the Allard article on
awards (from the textbook) or if the award is not mentioned in that
article. Evaluate the value of the award through the sponsoring
organization’s Web site.
- If you were a (female, over 55,
racial minority, person with a physical challenge, gay or lesbian, etc.)
job applicant and you have read an ad for job opening for which you are
fully qualified. Based on your audit of the company web site what
perceptions might you have of this company before you even walk in the
door? Would you still apply for the job? Why or why not?
Primary Dimensions Include:
Secondary Dimensions Include:
Military and Work Experience
will submit the report in three sections throughout the course, with a
due date for each section. These due dates are posted on the Course
The Course Project should be 6-8 pages in length. Your 4
relevant scholarly/peer reviewed sources may include your textbook and
books and articles obtained through the DeVry library. Credible articles
from news, government (.gov), or academic (.edu) websites can also be
used; acceptable examples include NPR, The Washington Post, The New York
Times, and Business Week. Do not use Wikipedia and similar encyclopedia websites, Please
review the detailed instructions for each phase of the project, which
you can find in the Assignment tab for that week. Your project will be
graded as follows.
- Week 2: Students will submit the research paper topic proposal.45 points
- Week 4: Students will submit the reference list and outline of their research paper.100 points
- Week 8: Students will submit the final version of their research paper.200 points
APA Style Tutorial
TutorialAPA Guidelines for Citing Sources Click
on the link above to view the video. This video will give you a quick
introduction to APA guidelines for citing sources. Highlights include
purposes of citing, guidelines and examples of how to cite sources in
text and at the end of a paper, and how to format a reference list or an
The assignment must be placed ONLY in the Dropbox. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.
your assignment to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For
instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step
See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.
Week 2: Project Proposal
|Content||18||40||Discusses which webpage has been chosen and why, and how the topic is important to the study of cultural diversity.|
|Research Goals and Plan||9||20||Describes|
what the student expects to find and or what the students would be
interested in learning; describes how the student plans to go about his
or her research.
|Organization and Editing||9||20||Proposal is well written, well organized, and free from errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.|
|Formatting||9||25||Proposal is in correct APA format, with a numbered Title page with a running head.|
|45||100||A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.|
Week 4: Reference List and Outline
|Outline and Organization||35||35||Outline|
lists the main topics the project will cover and incorporates project
guidelines and primary and secondary dimensions of diversity; outline
is clearly written and well organized.
|Reference List||35||35||Reference list contains at least four relevant scholarly/peer reviewed sources.|
is in correct APA format, including a numbered Title page with running
head and a reference page that is double spaced, alphabetized and uses
hanging indents. .
|100||100||A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.|
Week 8: Final Paper
project guidelines and primary and secondary dimensions of diversity,
integrating concrete examples and strategies, and uses information from
sources to support points.
|Documentation & Formatting||60||30|
|Organization & Cohesiveness||40||20||Cohesive and well organized, with a clear introduction and a conclusion that summarizes the paper’s key points.|
|Editing||20||10||Uses proper word choice,grammar, punctuation, and spelling.|
|200||100||A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.|
The following are best practices in preparing this project.
a numbered Title page with running head in APA format. For information
on APA formatting, please see the APA reference materials located in
- Include an introductory paragraph that
introduces the company web page you are auditing and previews the main
topics your paper will cover.
- Include a concluding paragraph that summarizes your main points and the benefits of a diversity audit.
- Use headers and sub-headers to organize your paper and divide into sections as appropriate.
a Reference page in APA format that is double spaced, alphabetized,
uses hanging indents and includes at least four relevant scholarly/peer
- Check to be sure you’ve covered the project guidelines and all primary and secondary diversity areas.