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HRMT19021 Principles of Employment Relations
Principles of Employment Relations
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Unit Profile Correction added on 12-02-21

Assessment design shapes student learning. Take-home exams are more closely related to a professional real-world experience; therefore, it has been decided that this unit will replace the invigilated exam with a take home exam.

General Information


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.


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 - 2021


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 Have Your Say and unit coordinator.


The current implementation of the selected learning and teaching philosophy works well.


It is recommended that the current unit learning and teaching philosophy and its current unit implementation is continued.

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



Employment relations

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

IT Resources

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

No referencing style set.

Teaching Contacts
Amlan Haque Unit Coordinator
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021


What is employment relations?


Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021


The study of employment relations: analytical tools

The study of employment relations: values


Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021


The state


Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021


Management and employer representatives


Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021


Employee representation: unions


Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021


Employee representation: non-union


Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Essay- Individual Task Due: Week 6 Friday (23 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021


State regulation: minimum standards and awards


Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021


State regulation: EEO, unfair dismissal and safety at work


Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021


Managerial unilateralism and individual contracting


Chapter 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021


Collective agreement-making and collective bargaining: structures and processes


Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021


Industrial conflict


Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021


Employment relations and performance


Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021



Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021



Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Essay- Individual Task

Task Description

Purpose: This written assessment is designed to help students develop a critical understanding of employment relations issues in contemporary organisations from the current academic literature and research studies. This assessment task also allows students to demonstrate skills and knowledge in researching and evaluating sources for academic work.

Task: 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 (including references)

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

Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (23 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Submissions must be uploaded to the Moodle website

Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (3 May 2021)

Essays will be returned at the completion of the moderation process


Assessment Criteria

Your assessment will be marked out of 40 with the following distribution:

-Depth of knowledge and critical analysis of the topic (25)

-Appropriateness of responses to the topic question (5)

-Relevant and accurate literature (5)

-Essay has clear introduction, main body and conclusion. Clarity of expression/grammar and spelling (2)

-Correct referencing style (2)

-Appropriate word length (i.e., 2000-2500 words including references) relevant to the topic (1)

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


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


Complete an invigilated examination

During the examination period at a CQUniversity examination centre


180 minutes

Exam Conditions
Open Book

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

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?