LAWS12071 - Australian Employment Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Regulation of employment laws represents one of the significant areas of policy difference between the major political parties in Australia. Consequently, both parties have instituted major legislative reform in this area in the last 10 years resulting in the coalition's “Work Choices" and the introduction by the Australian Labor Party of the Fair Work Act in 1990. The purpose of this unit is to allow students an overview of the common law and legislation which regulates the employment relationship within Australia. Students consider different approaches to regulation from the protective view through to economic rationalism and the libertarian approach. The unit discusses issues around entering into the employment relationship, managing and regulating the relationship and finally, ending the employment relationship.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online

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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40.48% 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: Direct feedback from students
Feedback
Teaching in intensive mode over six weeks and then having the take home paper in week 13, some seven weeks after the material ended put the students at a disadvantage and was less than desirable.
Recommendation
Consider a take-home paper immediately after the intensive unit has completed in week six or seven at the latest.
Action Taken
This was actioned with the results being released soon after the submission was due (about 2 weeks).
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
The majority of students liked the take home exam arrangement and the intensive mode arrangement.
Recommendation
Retain
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Some students did not like the timing of the live zoom session (during the day) as they could not attend. **The time was the same as previous years.
Recommendation
Do some of the live Zoom sessions at night subject to timetable clashes with other 2nd year subjects. Alternatively have the sessions on a weekend.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say Survey
Feedback
PPT was used instead of Zoom for the lecture recordings. Some students did not like it. They preferred Zoom.
Recommendation
Will revert back to Zoom for 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply Australian employment law, as encapsulated in legislation and common law, to practical issues.
  2. Research, analyse and evaluate primary and secondary sources of employment law in Australia.
  3. Interpret legal principles in the analysis of employment law disputes to identify obligations, rights and remedies and provide solutions to these disputes.
  4. Use skills in team work, communication, critical legal thinking and reasoning.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment