CQUniversity Unit Profile
HRMT20027 Employment Relations
Employment Relations
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General Information

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
Unit Level: Level 8
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 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
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 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

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

Assessment Overview

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

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 Course Evaluations

Feedback

Good communication between the Course Coordinator and the students.

Recommendation

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.

Action

Regular communication with the students has been maintained.

Feedback from Course Evaluations

Feedback

The assessment requires further clarification in some cases.

Recommendation

Clarification and explanation of the assessment requirements will continue to be an important feature of the teaching of the course.

Action

Videos explaining the assessment requirements of the essay and the report were developed and made available to the students to complement the other information that was provided on the website.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 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 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Examination - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Examination - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Employment relations: an integrated approach

Edition: 1st (2015)
Authors: McPhail, R, Jerrard, M & Southcombe, A
Cengage Learning Australia
South Melbourne South Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9780170254694
Binding: Paperback

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 styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Gordon Stewart Unit Coordinator
g.stewart@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to employment relations

Chapter

Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

The changing nature of work and employment

Chapter

Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Bargaining for agreements and conflict resolution

Chapter

Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Employee representation and participation

Chapter

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Managers, employer strategy and employer representation

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Essay Due: Week 5 Thursday (6 Apr 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

The role of the state in regulating employment relations

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Diversity and inclusion

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

Workplace health and safety (WHS)

Chapter

Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

Staffing and learning and development

Chapter

Chapters 8 & 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Report Due: Week 9 Thursday (11 May 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

Performance management

Chapter

Chapter 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

Reward management

Chapter

Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

Negotiation

Chapter

Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

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 (6 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

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • explain and discuss some of the theories of employment relations;
  • discuss and assess the role of governments, unions and employers in the system of employment relations in Australia;
  • identify and critically evaluate the changes in the Australian labour market;
  • discuss the impact of legislation on the practice of employment relations in Australia; and
  • identify and critically evaluate the most important issues that impact on the practice of employment relations in Australia.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research
  • 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 (2 June 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

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • discuss the impact of legislation on the practice of employment relations in Australia; and
  • identify and critically evaluate the most important issues that impact on the practice of employment relations in Australia.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
40%

Length
180 minutes

Details
No calculators permitted
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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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.

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