HRMT19021 - Principles of Employment Relations
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit discusses the changing nature of employment relations. The object of the unit is to ascertain what constitutes a good system of employment relations. Key aspects of a system of employment relations, such as the role of the state, employers, unions and employees will be assessed within a framework that analyses the impact of significant legal, political, economic and human resource management issues on the employment relationship.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
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
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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 40%
2. Examination 60%

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

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Feedback Source Recommendation
The communication between the Course Coordinator and the student cohort on the website was very good in this course. Course Evaluations Regular communication with students through the Moodle forums will be maintained.
Information regarding the assessment should be consolidated on the website. Course Evaluations A file will be created with the basic assessment requirements and placed on the website. This file will be in addition to the information that is provided to students through the discussion forums and on the website generally.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. discuss the significance of the practice of management, human resource management and industrial relations to the study of the employment relationship
  2. critically examine and develop an understanding of the structure and operation of a system of employment relations
  3. critically analyse the issues that arise from the management of the employment relationship.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment            
2 - Examination            

Prescribed Textbooks

Employment relations: Theory and practice
Author/s: Bray, M, Waring, P, Cooper, R & Macneil, J Year: 2014
Edition: 3rd edn Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (Australia)
City: North Ryde State: New South Wales
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • 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

What is employment relations? The study of employment relations: analytical tools

1 & 2

Week 2 13-03-2017

The study of employment relations: values

3

Week 3 20-03-2017

Employee representation: unions

6

Week 4 27-03-2017

The state

4

Week 5 03-04-2017

Management and employer representatives

5

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Employee representation: non-union

7

Essay Due Thursday (20 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

State regulation: minimum standards and awards

8

Week 8 01-05-2017

State regulation: EEO, unfair dismissal and safety at work

9

Week 9 08-05-2017

Managerial unilateralism and individual contracting

10

Week 10 15-05-2017

Collective agreement-making and collective bargaining: structures and processes

11

Week 11 22-05-2017

Industrial conflict

12

Week 12 29-05-2017

Employment relations and performance

13

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

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Essay
Task Description

Assess the future of the Fair Work Commission in the Australian system of employment relations. (40 marks)

Word Length: 2500-3000 words

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

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Thursday (20-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Assignments will be returned upon completion of the marking and moderation process.
Weighting 40%
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. discuss the significance of the practice of management, human resource management and industrial relations to the study of the employment relationship

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Open Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. discuss the significance of the practice of management, human resource management and industrial relations to the study of the employment relationship

2. critically examine and develop an understanding of the structure and operation of a system of employment relations

3. critically analyse the issues that arise from the management of the employment relationship.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking


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