HRMT20029 - International Employment Relations

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit studies the employment relationship. It studies the ways in which people are employed in various countries. You will analyse the labour markets and systems of employment relations in these countries. You will discuss the issues that emerge from this labour market analysis. This discussion will provide you with an insight into contemporary public policy and human resource management issues in a number of countries. HRMT20027 Employment Relations introduces students to the study of employment relations. HRMT20029 International Employment Relations builds upon this base by analysing employment relations in a number of significant market economies. The focus of this unit is the study of employment relations on a comparative basis. The theoretical perspectives that underpin the study of employment relations in HRMT20027 are incorporated into the theories that inform the study of comparative employment relations in HRMT20029.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 40.00% response rate.

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.

Source: Verbatim comments (Have your Say)
Hopefully, CQU methods of learning go back to normal, offering tutorials and lectures scheduled in one day, possibly one lecturer only to have a more consistent method of teaching. This I think is a more effective way to keep students more active in class and in participation.
We hope to get back to our face-to-face on-campus class mode too. But, till then, the ongoing teaching effort should focus on achieving the desired learning outcome.
Action Taken
This unit follows the previous recommendations and puts effective teaching effort to focus on the desired learning outcome.
Source: Verbatim comments (Have your Say)
Need more exercises in tutorial, for example, using questions (and answers) to increase the understanding of concepts in relation to employment relations.
Provide further notes and information for each written assessment, discussions with Q & A sessions, and video recordings explaining each assessment and their tasks with examples.
Action Taken
Recommendations followed up accordingly. For example, all the students received additional Q&A Sessions in their workshops to understand all their dos and don’ts for their assignments. In addition to the recorded videos and group emails, individual emails were exchanged between the tutors and students to clarify assignment-related responsibilities.
Source: SUTE data,qualitativecomments andconversation inworkshops andemails.
"Excellent Teaching-everything goes well in teaching" "Our lecturer has supported very much. He has given us best of him. Thank you." "The best aspects of this unit is it has explained about the employments of all countries over the world." "Assistance and support for assessments and lectures are consistently offered by our lecturers." "The tutorial sessions were really interesting and has helped in actively participating in the class and the topic"
Keep all the assessment details and materials on the dedicated assessment tile on the moodle site. Please keep updating the moodle resources with country-specific study materials and video links. Lastly, please check all the links to the moodle site regularly.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss the main characteristics of employment relations in a number of countries
  2. Compare and contrast employment relations in various countries
  3. Critically analyse the labour markets of a number of countries
  4. Critically discuss various human resource management issues that arise from the study of a number of labour markets. Explain the significance of these matters to both a specialist and general audience
  5. Critically evaluate and demonstrate understanding of the theories that inform comparative employment relations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional 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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment