HRMT20027 - Employment Relations
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit studies employment relations particularly in regard to the Australian employment relations system. The unit examines the ways in which governments, unions and employers interact in the Australian labour market to create the terms and conditions of employment for working people in Australia. The study of the labour market also includes a study of the theories that enhance understanding of employment relations, as well as important issues such as industrial conflict, enetrprise bargaining and employee participation. Finally, issues arising from the resolution and management of conflict and the facilitation of economic efficiency and equity in the labour market are analysed. If you have successfully completed the unit HRMT20018 you should not enrol in this unit.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Good communication between the Course Coordinator and the students. Course Evaluations Regular communication through the discussion forums from the Course Coordinator to students is now an integral part of this course, as are the videos that assist students to better understand the content of the course. Regular communcation with students will be maintained.
The assessment requires further clarification in some cases. Course Evaluations Clarification and explanation of the assessment requirements will continue to be an important feature of the teaching of the course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. explain and discuss some of the theories of employment relations;
  2. discuss and assess the role of governments, unions and employers in the system of employment relations in Australia;
  3. identify and critically evaluate the changes in the Australian labour market;
  4. discuss the impact of legislation on the practice of employment relations in Australia; and
  5. identify and critically evaluate the most important issues that impact on the practice of employment relations in Australia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills      
4. Research
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility      
7. Leadership      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination      

Prescribed Textbooks

Employment relations: an integrated approach
Author/s: McPhail, R, Jerrard, M & Southcombe, A Year: 2015
Edition: 1st Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia
City: South Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorGordon Stewart (G.Stewart@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to employment relations

Chapter 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

The changing nature of work and employment

Chapter 2

Week 3 20-03-2017 Bargaining for agreements and conflict resolution

Chapter 13

Week 4 27-03-2017

Employee representation and participation

Chapter 3

Week 5 03-04-2017

Managers, employer strategy and employer representation

Chapter 4

Essay Due Thursday (06 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

The role of the state in regulating employment relations

Chapter 5

Week 7 24-04-2017

Diversity and inclusion

Chapter 6

Week 8 01-05-2017

Workplace health and safety (WHS)

Chapter 7

Week 9 08-05-2017

Staffing and learning and development

Chapters 8 & 9

Report Due Thursday (11 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Performance management

Chapter 10

Week 11 22-05-2017

Reward management

Chapter 11

Week 12 29-05-2017

Negotiation

Chapter 12

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Essay
Task Description

Discuss the role of the Fair Work Commission in the making and approving of agreements. (20 marks)

Word Length: 1500-2000 words

Please note that information that is relevant to this essay will be posted on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Thursday (06-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Assignments will be returned upon completion of the marking and moderation process.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

A pass student will have referenced their paper poorly, and description will dominate. Better referencing and some analysis will lead to a credit, while the distinction students will have referenced and analysed the question well. They will be separated from the HD student because of their failure to argue a case in answer to the question consistently throughout the course of their paper.

A detailed criteria sheet is available on the course Moodle website.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. explain and discuss some of the theories of employment relations;

2. discuss and assess the role of governments, unions and employers in the system of employment relations in Australia;

3. identify and critically evaluate the changes in the Australian labour market;

4. discuss the impact of legislation on the practice of employment relations in Australia; and

5. identify and critically evaluate the most important issues that impact on the practice of employment relations in Australia.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

5. Self-management



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Report
Task Description

Write a report to the President of the Fair Work Commission advising him of any changes that you consider should be made to the Better Off Overall Test or BOOT. (40 marks)

Word Length: 2500-3000 words

Please note that information that is relevant to this report will be posted on the course website.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Thursday (11-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Assignments will be returned upon completion of the marking and moderation process.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The markers of the report will pay particular attention in their marking to the extent to which papers are referenced, analyse and critically discuss the evidence, and answer the question. Purely descriptive and poorly referenced papers will not receive high marks.

A detailed criteria sheet is available on the course Moodle website.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. discuss the impact of legislation on the practice of employment relations in Australia; and

5. identify and critically evaluate the most important issues that impact on the practice of employment relations in Australia.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. explain and discuss some of the theories of employment relations;

2. discuss and assess the role of governments, unions and employers in the system of employment relations in Australia;

3. identify and critically evaluate the changes in the Australian labour market;

4. discuss the impact of legislation on the practice of employment relations in Australia; and

5. identify and critically evaluate the most important issues that impact on the practice of employment relations in Australia.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

5. Self-management


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