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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 22/03/2021 16:03:12

Title of Module: Managing Equality & Diversity

Code: HURM10004 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Silvio  Hofmann

Summary of Module

The aim of this module is to provide students with an fundamental understanding of equality and diversity in varying contexts, including legislative, societal and organisational considerations.

It begins with an exploration of the key terminology as well as the debates surrounding equal opportunities and managing diversity. It continues with an examination of UK equality legislation, before going on to examine societal factors that influence equality and diversity in organisations. The module also aims at exploring issues surrounding inequality in the labour market, such as occupational segregation. It concludes with an examination of the economic implications as well as equality and diversity strategies and policies implemented by organisations, together with an assessment of their effectiveness.

Tutorials are participative and include both group and individual work as students develop their knowledge and understanding of diversity and equality.

The module has been designed with both HRM and non-HRM students in mind, where the roles HR staff, managers and others have in advancing equality and diversity within organisations is covered, such as line managers, consultants and HR specialists, leading to meeting the university’s ‘I am UWS’ graduate attributes:

  • Universal: supporting students in becoming critical thinkers, who can demonstrate analytical and collaborative skills;
  • Work-ready: developing motivated, ambitious and knowledgeable future professionals, with effective communication skills;
  • Successful: helping our students to be autonomous, resilient and transformational individuals who have the drive to succeed in their future careers.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate the ability to define and critically evaluate the key concepts of equality and diversity in varying contexts;

L2. Assess the implications of UK Equality legislation on both private and public sector organisations;

L3. Understand and critically analyse the importance of the equality and diversity debate in context of social responsibility;

L4. Evaluate the feasibility of and justification for equality and diversity in a business and organisational environment;

L5. Critically analyse the ways in which organisational Equality and Diversity policies and practices are developed.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

Knowledge and critical understanding of the development of theoretical approaches in equality and diversity
Knowledge and critical understanding of the development of empirical research in equality and diversity
Knowledge and critical understanding of current theoretical and empirical debates in equality and diversity

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Interpreting and explaining complex equality and diversity concepts
Developing solutions to complex equality and diversity problems
Retrieving, interpreting and manipulating primary and secondary information from a variety of sources including electronic sources

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Critically define, conceptualize and analyze complex equality and diversity problems and issues, identifying flaws in arguments and justifying analysis
Bringing together information from a variety of sources, including academic research publications.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Communicating effectively and appropriately in speech and writing
Interpreting complex primary materials
Making effective use of information retrieval systems and use information technology applications to present documents in an appropriate form

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Working effectively, together with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role where appropriate.
Systematically identifying and addressing their own learning needs both in current and in new areas, making use of primary equality and diversity source materials as appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The weekly lectures are aimed at the provision of a theoretical understanding in equality and diversity, allowing students to develop the ability to critically evaluate fundamental and contemporary issues in an organisational context. These are followed by one-hour tutorials where students will be given the opportunity to apply the module content to practical, real-life situations and cases. This is achieved by creating an informal environment which aims at facilitating critical debates among all group members.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Kirton, G. and Greene, A.M., (2016), “The Dynamics of Managing Diversity: A Critical Approach”, 4th Edition, Routledge, London

Details of further resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified in the module handbook and made available via Moodle.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Attendance Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorMohammed Ishaq
External ExaminerIan Smyth
Accreditation DetailsChartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
30% of the overall marks will be accounted for by one group presentation.
Individuals who fail to pass this instrument of assessment will be required to undertake an individual written assessment.
70% of the overall marks will be accounted for by an end-of-term examination.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 3 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School. The module has been designed to reflect increases in the diversity of the student body and in this respect, the approach is ‘learner centred’ e.g. with the use of workshops/tutorials, group-work and formative feedback to encourage active and independent but supported learning. Staff are expected to work alongside students and learning support staff to personalise the delivery of the module. This module offers students the opportunity to celebrate difference in personal, academic and employability skills. Through problem based activities, students are encouraged to explore and share diverse experience of learning and skills development.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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