Course Title and Description
B440 Managing a Diverse Workforce
40 hours, 4 credits
This seminar course examines diversity from a personal, group, organizational, national, and global perspective. Students will explore stereotypes of individuals within organizations, and they will study how these stereotypes affect people within the workplace. Students will also examine issues in conducting business and managing people within a global setting.
Prerequisite: Principles of Management
Students successfully completing course activities will be able to:
• Compare and contrast the experiences and perspectives of people from minority cultures within the workplace
• Assess the challenges and benefits of employing a diverse workforce
• Evaluate the actions of organizations as they integrate diverse perspectives into their culture
• Work in groups to design a plan for conducting business and managing employees in a global society
Instructional Texts and Materials
Text: Understanding and Managing Diversity, 4th Ed.
Author: Harvey, Carol and Allard, M.
Teaching and learning in this course will occur through classroom discussions, classroom activities, application project, and student presentations. Both students and the instructor will be responsible for contributing to the learning in this course.
NOTE: This course may include a required common course assessment, designed to help measure student achievement of the course outcomes and key elements of the program objectives. Please see the approved list of common course assessments for assessment details.
Introduction to Diversity - Us and the World around Us
Being Wise about Age in the Workplace
Disability Issues - Making the Most of Different Abilities
Gender Matters in the Contemporary Workforce
Sexual Orientation - The Invisible Minority
Religion in the Workforce
The Impact of Globalization on Management Strategies
Race in the Workplace
The Effect of Classism on Being a World-Class Business
Putting It All Together
Managing a Diverse Workforce
Students will be taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, reading assignments, problem exercises, lab work, and presentations, with other strategies being used as necessary. Each week, students will be required to complete a set of assignments. Due dates for assignments will be set by the faculty member teaching the course. All assignments and projects must be completed (see method of evaluation below). Because regular class attendance is important to your learning and success, you are expected to attend all classes and actively participate within them.
Students are expected to:
• Complete all weekly assignments and other activities in a timely fashion.
• Participate in class discussions whether they occur in the classroom or online.
• Check your email and log into the course management system at least three times per week.
Library Learning Resource/Internet Project
This course may require students to complete a research project and presentation based upon research completed using library resources. Project outline provided in class.
Method of Evaluation
The final grade will be based on points earned during the course. Points will be divided as following:
Percentage of Total Points
Diversity Interview Presentations
Common Course Assessment
100 to 93%
92 to 90%
89 to 87%
86 to 83%
82 to 80%
79 to 77%
76 to 73%
72 to 70%
69 to 67%
66 to 63%
62 to 60%
Late Assignment Submission Policy
Students may submit assigned work after the stated deadline. A 10% grade penalty is assessed for work up to twenty-four hours late; an additional 10% is assessed for each additional day the work is late. In some cases (such as late discussion postings) students may be asked to complete an alternate assignment for equivalent point value, minus any applicable penalty.
Instructors may decide in the case of legitimately extenuating circumstances to waive the late penalty; if not, though, the penalty must be enforced as described.
In some cases in the residential classroom, certain activities, such as labs and exams, must be completed at the designated time and therefore cannot be made up. The instructor should apprise students beforehand of any such activities.
Online discussions conclude at the end of the current week/module. Discussion posts made after the end of the current week/module will not be accepted.
In no circumstances may students submit work after the last day of the academic term unless an incomplete grade has been requested and granted beforehand.
Rasmussen College students are expected to be on time and in regular attendance for all of their classes. Faculty are required to keep accurate attendance records which are submitted to the Business Office. Students must maintain regular attendance and be in satisfactory academic standing to remain eligible for financial aid.
Attendance requirements are met by (a) attending a face-to-face course session at the campus or other class location, or (b) substantive online activity, including commentary in the discussion section of the online classroom, posting of required assignments and course quizzes and exams in a timely manner.
A student who fails to attend classes on-ground or complete online course activities for 14 consecutive days may be administratively withdrawn from the course unless the student has previous arrangements with the College. Online courses start on the first day of the quarter.
If a student has not been in attendance in any courses within 14 days of their last day of attendance, he or she may be administratively withdrawn from the College. Upon withdrawal a student's financial aid eligibility will be adjusted according to the Institution's refund policy as described in the College catalog and will be assigned grades according to the Rasmussen College Drop Class Policy.
Attendance is not equivalent to participation. Student grades will be impacted by the frequency and quality of participation in class, whether face-to-face or online, consistent with the requirements of the particular course and as outlined in the course syllabus.
An 'I/IN' indicates an incomplete grade, and is a temporary grade for a course which a student is unable to complete due to extenuating circumstances. An incomplete may be granted to a student at the end of a quarter at the discretion of the instructor under the following conditions:
1. An incomplete form is completed which identifies:
b. The work to be completed
c. Qualifications for acceptable work
d. The deadline for completing the work (within two weeks of the last day of class)
e. The grade to be entered should the student not complete the work by the deadline (the calculated grade)
2. An incomplete form is not valid unless signed completed by both the instructor and the student prior to the date that final grades are due and then e-mailed to and signed by a Dean in the Office of Online Instructions. If unsigned by the student or instructor, the calculated grade is to be entered as a final grade.
Incompletes will rarely be granted; instructors will take the following into consideration when granting an incomplete:
1. The work to be completed must be regularly assigned work, identified in the course syllabus.
2. The student can reasonably be expected to complete the work by the deadline.
3. The student's grade will be substantially improved.
4. The student has demonstrated a commitment to completing work in a timely fashion.
5. Granting the incomplete is truly in the best interest of the student.
6. By completing the work, one of the following will apply:
a. The student will learn substantive information by completing the work.
b. The student will learn higher level thinking skills or gain substantially greater command of the subject matter.
7. Allowing the student extra time compensates for events or conditions not within the student's control (i.e., illness, emergencies, etc.) as opposed to compensating for poor planning, poor attendance, or failure to take assignments seriously.
8. Incompletes may not be granted only for the sake of improved cumulative grade point average, nor will they be granted to allow students to make up "extra credit" work.
9. Credits for all incomplete courses will be counted as credits attempted but not earned in the quarter of enrollment. Incomplete grades must be completed within two weeks of the last day of class. An incomplete grade not completed by the deadline will be changed to an 'FA' (or the calculated alternate grade designated by the instructor on the incomplete form) and will be included in the cumulative grade point average. The final grade awarded for the course is included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average.
Please note: Instructors may request an incomplete form and a grade change form from the Office of Online Instruction. After the student work has been completed, Instructors should e-mail a completed grade change form to the Office of Online Instruction in order for the grade to be entered onto the student's record.
Rasmussen College Academic Integrity Policy
As an institution of higher learning, Rasmussen College is committed to preparing students to be active, productive and successful contributors to a global community. In pursuit of this commitment, students, faculty and staff of Rasmussen College are expected to uphold the very highest business and personal ethics. Students of Rasmussen College commit to holding themselves and their peers to the foremost level of academic integrity, and accept responsibility should behaviors and actions fall short of the College's expectations.
a. Academic Misconduct is the violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, including all forms of academic cheating including but not limited to acts listed below and any other act perpetrated to give unfair advantage to the student.
b. Cheating: Distributing or receiving answers or information by any means other than those expressly permitted by an instructor for any academic exercise. Examples include:
i. Copying answers, data, or information for any academic exercise from another student in which the student is not expressly permitted to work jointly with others.
ii. Impersonation: Assuming another student's identity or allowing another person to complete an academic exercise on one's own behalf.
iii. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, texts, devices, notes, information or study aids in any academic exercise (i.e., assignments, discussions, tests, quizzes, papers, labs).
c. Collusion: Knowingly assisting, attempting to assist, or receiving assistance from another student or students to commit academic misconduct, or conspiring with any other person in or outside of the College to commit misconduct.
d. Destruction, Theft, Obstruction, Interference: Seeking to gain unfair academic advantage by destroying, damaging, or stealing equipment or products of any academic exercise; or obstructing or interfering with an instructor's materials or another student's academic work.
e. Fabrication, Falsification, Forgery: Deliberately falsifying, altering, or inventing student records, information or citations. Forgery is the act of imitating or counterfeiting documents, signatures, and the like.
f. Plagiarism is the act of representing an individual's or organization's words, thoughts, or ideas as one's own. Examples include:
i. Using information (a paraphrase or quotation, in whole or in part) from a source without attempting to give credit to the author of that source.
ii. Using charts, illustrations, images, figures, equations, etc., without citing the source.
iii. Using an academic exercise (in whole or in part) purchased or copied from a ghostwriter or paper/essay mill.
iv. Copyright infringement or piracy, including the use, alteration, or duplication of media, software, code, or information when expressly prohibited or where copyright exists or is implied.
v. Submitting work previously graded in another course without prior approval by the course instructor; or, submitting the same work in two or more concurrent courses without prior approval by all course instructors.
A student who violates the Academic Integrity policy faces severe penalty from the College. Violations may occur in one or more courses in one or more quarters and accumulate for all quarters in which the student is enrolled. Upon conclusion by the student's instructor and the student's Dean that the student has committed Academic Misconduct, the following penalties will be applied:
a. First Offense. The student will receive no credit on the assignment in question and will not be allowed to redo the work.
b. Second Offense. The student will be expelled from the course, and the final grade assigned for the course will be an ‘F/FA'. The student may re-take the course, but the ‘F/FA' will remain on the transcript even if the student retakes the course and earns a passing grade.
The College reserves the right to dismiss a student from the College if there are more than two offenses. A student dismissed from the College because of Academic Misconduct may not reenroll.
Students who commit Academic Misconduct also run the risk of harming future educational and employment opportunities. Reference forms sent by prospective employers and other educational institutions often ask for judgment and comment on a student's ethical behavior. As the form is sent at the behest of the student, the student waives any rights he or she may have under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to keep Academic Integrity violations confidential.
. Concurrent Offenses: A concurrent offense is an instance of Academic Misconduct that occurs at the same time as another instance (i.e., two or more assignments submitted at the same time in the same or different courses), or instances of misconduct that occur prior to the student receiving notice of the immediate prior offense. Concurrent offenses will be treated as a single offense, and the appropriate penalty will be applied for all concurrent violations.
. Appeal: A student who disagrees with a ruling of Academic Misconduct has one week to appeal the ruling to his or her Dean. All appeals are reviewed by the Academic Integrity Committee, which has one week from the time that they receive the appeal to thoroughly investigate and rule on the appeal. If the issue remains unresolved, the student may submit a written statement of appeal to the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs thereafter. Response will be given within 30 days.