CQUniversity Unit Profile
HRMT19021 Principles of Employment Relations
Principles of Employment Relations
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 26-03-20

The end of term examination has now been changed to a take home exam. You will be advised on the Moodle site when the details for the examination have been finalised.
 

General Information

Overview

This unit discusses the changing nature of employment relations. In this unit you will assess the role of state, employers, unions and employees in employment relations within the context of a changing labour market. You will analyse the legal, political and economic framework within which employment relations takes place. Contemporary issues will be highlighted and discussed.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Examination
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Unit Evaluations

Feedback

It is not clear how this type of Unit is relevant to a HR major.

Recommendation

The significance of employment law and the general political and institutional framework that regulates the labour market in which HR practitioners work requires more considered explanation by the Unit Coordinator.

Feedback from Unit Evaluations

Feedback

The positioning of the assessment information on the Moodle website could be improved.

Recommendation

The Unit Coordinator will better explain the positioning of assessment information on the Moodle website.

Feedback from Unit Evaluations

Feedback

The materials that were provided on the Moodle website were directly relevant for practitioners in this field.

Recommendation

The Unit Coordinator will continue to provide current material to assist all students to better understand the labour market in which they are either seeking employment or are indeed employed.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain and analyse the role of the state, employers, unions and employees in employment relations.
  2. Assess the impact of changes in the labour market and in the legal, political and economic framework on employment relations.
  3. Identify and discuss contemporary issues in employment relations.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Take Home Exam - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Employment relations

Edition: 4th edn (2018)
Authors: Bray, M, Waring, P, Cooper, R & Macneil, J
McGraw-Hill Education (Australia)
North Ryde North Ryde , New South Wales , Australia
ISBN: 9781743765586
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Copies are available for purchase at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Gordon Stewart Unit Coordinator
g.stewart@cqu.edu.au
Amlan Haque Unit Coordinator
a.haque@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 The study of employment relations Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

What is employment relations?


Chapter

Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 The study of employment relations: analytical tools and values Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

The study of employment relations: analytical tools

The study of employment relations: values

Chapter

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 The state Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

The state

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Management and employer representatives Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Management and employer representatives

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Employee representation: unions Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Employee representation: unions

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Employee representation: non-union Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Employee representation: non-union

Chapter

Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Essay Due: Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 State regulation: minimum standards and awards Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

State regulation: minimum standards and awards

Chapter

Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 State regulation: EEO, unfair dismissal and safety at work Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

State regulation: EEO, unfair dismissal and safety at work

Chapter

Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Managerial unilateralism and individual contracting Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Managerial unilateralism and individual contracting

Chapter

Chapter 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Collective agreement-making and collective bargaining: structures and processes Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Collective agreement-making and collective bargaining: structures and processes

Chapter

Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Industrial conflict Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Industrial conflict

Chapter

Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Employment relations and performance Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Employment relations and performance

Chapter

Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Essay

Task Description

Discuss the employment relations issues that arise from the management of a diverse workforce in Australia. How are these issues managed within the Australian system of employment relations? (40 marks)

Word Length: 2000-2500 words

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


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Submissions must be uploaded to the Moodle website


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020)

Essays will be returned at the completion of the moderation process


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Depth of knowledge and critical analysis of the topic

Appropriateness of responses to the topic question

Relevant and accurate literature

Essay has clear introduction, main body & conclusion. Clarity of expression/grammar and spelling

Correct referencing style

Appropriate word length relevant to the topic.

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


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain and analyse the role of the state, employers, unions and employees in employment relations
  • Identify and discuss contemporary issues in employment relations.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Open Book


Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain and analyse the role of the state, employers, unions and employees in employment relations
  • Assess the impact of changes in the labour market and in the legal, political and economic framework on employment relations
  • Identify and discuss contemporary issues in employment relations.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?