EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS

MGT5ERN

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will examine the theoretical and historical underpinnings of employment relations in Australia, with specific reference to the role of institutions, actors and processes in the regulation of work. You will explore the current legal frameworks that govern Australian employment relations, and evaluate the impact of these policies on the economic and social fabric of Australian society.  You will also study the dynamics of negotiation and dispute resolution in the context of Australian workplace relations.  You will begin to develop the necessary skills to effectively manage employee relations,with a focus on managing employee grievances and negotiation.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola McNeil

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUnderstanding employment relationsPrescribedAbbott, Hearn Mackinnon and FallonOxford University Press
ReadingsJournal articlesPrescribedAs directedAs directed

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Examine the key institutions, actors and processes involved in the regulation and management of work and employment in Australia

Activities:
Readings, case studies, comprehension questions, role plays and exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Identify and critically evaluate the major issues influencing the regulation and management of employee relations in Australia

Activities:
Readings, case studies, comprehension questions and exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Critique the contemporary debates over the policies and practices governing the relationship between managers and workers

Activities:
Readings, case studies, comprehension questions and exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Formulate strategies to address employee relations challenges faced by Government, businesses, unions and employees.

Activities:
Readings, case studies, comprehension questions, role plays and exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Demonstrate a critical understanding of core concepts of negotiation and dispute resolution

Activities:
Readings, case studies, comprehension questions and exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Develop effective negotiation skills and critically reflect on your own negotiation practices

Activities:
Readings, case studies, comprehension questions, role plays and experiential exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola McNeil

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"In addition, students are expected to undertake between 1 h and 3 h of learning and assessment activities each week prior to class."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Essay (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Group negotiation simulation (equivalent to 1000 words)20 02, 04, 05, 06
Individual Case Study Analysis (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Individual reflection on negotiation simulation (1500 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Online, 2018, Online StudyPeriod 4, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola McNeil

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 28 - 34
One 6.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 28 to week 34 and delivered via online.
"This subject is delivered entirely online. Students are required to undertake online learning and assessment activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Essay (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Group negotiation simulation (equivalent to 1000 words)20 02, 04, 05, 06
Individual Case Study Analysis (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Individual reflection on negotiation simulation (1500 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Online, 2018, Online StudyPeriod 6, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola McNeil

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 44 - 50
One 6.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 44 to week 50 and delivered via online.
"This subject is delivered entirely online. Students are required to undertake online learning and assessment activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Essay (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Group negotiation simulation (equivalent to 1000 words)20 02, 04, 05, 06
Individual Case Study Analysis (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Individual reflection on negotiation simulation (1500 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Online, 2018, Online StudyPeriod 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola McNeil

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 16
One 6.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 16 and delivered via online.
"This subject is delivered entirely online. Students are required to undertake online learning and assessment activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Essay (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Group negotiation simulation (equivalent to 1000 words)20 02, 04, 05, 06
Individual Case Study Analysis (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Individual reflection on negotiation simulation (1500 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04, 06