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UMG8012 Leveraging Team Diversity for Success

8W Teaching Period 5, 2021 Online
Short Description: Leveraging Team Diversity for
Units : 0.25
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 080307 - Organisation Management
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 11 April 2021


Enrolment is not permitted if MGT8037 has been previously completed


Whether you are new to management or an "old hand" at it, leading teams can be as challenging as it is rewarding. As the composition of recruitment pools, workplaces, markets and clients change, leaders need to factor in, celebrate and capitalise on the diversity in their workforce


This minicourse will help leaders build and enhance their team's capacity, as well as identify challenges and optimise diversity to create an inclusive and effective team. Students will learn about diversity of thought, team dynamics and leadership theories.

Please be advised that this minicourse is made up of four parts please see MGT8037 for the full course specification.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. synthesise specialist knowledge on team theory to generate an effective approach to a current problem. (MGT8037 LO1, L05).

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Mannix, E., & Neale, M. A 2005, 'What differences make a difference? The promise and reality of diverse teams in organizations', Psychological Science in the Public Interest, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 31-55.
McCrae, R. R., & Costa, P. T 1986, 'Clinical assessment can benefit from recent advances in personality psychology', American Psychologist, vol. 41, no. 9, pp. 1001-1003.
Morgeson, F. P., DeRue, D. S., & Karam, E. P 2010, 'Leadership in teams: A functional approach to understanding leadership structures and processes', Journal of Management, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 5-39.
Neuman, G., Wagner, S., & Christiansen, N 1999, 'The relations between work-team personality composition and the job performance of teams', Group and Organisational Management, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 28-45.
Peterson, Randall S 2016, 'Four steps to leading teams effectively', London Business School Review, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 40-43.
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Tuckman, B. W 1965, 'Developmental sequence in small groups', Psychological Bulletin, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 384-399.
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Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 10.00
Directed Study 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assessment 1 50 100 08 Oct 2021 (see note 1)

  1. The assessment for this minicourse is due 4 weeks after teaching concludes. Students have access to the learning platform for a total of 11 weeks.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grade for the full course will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each mapped minicourse, once all assessments have been successfully undertaken.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. There are 4 minicourses at 0.25 credit point that map to 1 full course. To receive credit for this minicourse into the full course, students must successfully pass the assessment. Once all 4 mapped minicourses have been successfully completed, a credit into the full course applies.

Date printed 11 April 2021