Week 2 Course Project Topic Proposal
This week your Course Project topic proposal is due. Below are the guidelines for this proposal:
Your 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.
Your 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 research. .
Your proposal needs to be well written, well organized, and free from errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
A grading rubric for your project proposal can be found in the Course Project Overview tab under Introduction & Resources.
Submit your assignment.
Week 4 Course Project Reference List and Outline Due
This week, your reference list and outline are due. Below are guidelines to follow as you complete this assignment.
Your reference list should contain at least four separate sources in addition to the web site that you have chosen. These may including books, academic or professional journals, respected print media, or newspapers. These can be obtained via the Library. You can also search for credible print resources via the Internet (such as the sites of The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME magazine, etc.). General URLs, such as Wikipedia, should not be used for this assignment.
Continue to add to your reference list as your research progresses. This week, you need at least four sources; you are welcome to add sources or delete them as needed while your research progresses. However, four sources minimum are required both for this assignment and for the final project submission.
Paper should have an APA formatted title page, Outline in APA format and reference page in APA format (alphabetized, double spaced, hanging indents, etc.).
For the outline component of this assignment, use APA format. Think of the outline as an organizational tool that will guide you through the process of doing a cultural diversity audit of a web site.
Week 8 Course Project
Overview and Guidelines
From Understanding and Managing Diversity by Harvey and Allard.
An 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.
You 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 â€œdiversityâ€ in a search box yield? Or, do you have to explore on your own? Sometimes searching under â€œcareersâ€ or â€œpress releasesâ€ 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 organizationâ€™s commitment to diversity?
Evaluate the usefulness of the diversity information to potential employees, customers, and suppliers. Is the diversity material related to the organizationâ€™s business case for diversity, core values, mission, etc. the way that the organization does business? How current is the diversity-related material?
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 organizationâ€™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 not?
What internal management issues can affect the prominence that diversity gets or doesnâ€™t get on an organizationâ€™s Web site?
Are 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 organizationâ€™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
You 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 Summary.
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 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, such as about.com or â€œcheatâ€ websites like coursehero or chegg. Please review the detailed instructions for each phase of the project, which you can find in the Assignment content item 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
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 entire paper.
Remember to submit your assignment for grading.
The following are best practices in preparing this project.
Include a numbered Title page with running head in APA format. For information on APA formatting, please see the APA reference materials located in your Syllabus.
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.
Include a Reference page in APA format that is double spaced, alphabetized, uses hanging indents and includes at least four relevant scholarly/peer reviewed sources
Check to be sure youâ€™ve covered the project guidelines and all primary and secondary diversity areas.
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