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 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

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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 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%).

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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.

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The Unit is well structured and organised. The content is relevant to the world of employment relations.
Material that is relevant to the content and assessment of this Unit will continue to be developed by members of the teaching team.
Action Taken
Material that is relevant to the content and assessment of this Unit has been developed by members of the teaching team.
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The assessment requirements were well explained by members of the teaching team.
Members of the teaching team will continue to take all reasonable and proper steps to clarify the assessment requirements of the Unit.
Action Taken
All reasonable and proper steps have been taken to clarify the assessment requirements of the Unit. Assessment related videos have been developed to assist students in this respect.
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The material that was provided in both classes and on the Unit Moodle website was good.
The material that supports the teaching of this Unit will continue to be refreshed as required.
Action Taken
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Some of the material that is located on the Unit Moodle website needs refreshing and re-arranging.
The material that is on the Unit Moodle website is monitored and refreshed as required. It is relevant and supports the textbook. Nonetheless, this material will be reviewed again before the Unit is next offered. The Unit Coordinator will provide feedback on this review through the "news forum" on the Unit Moodle website.
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 - Examination
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination