The Employment Relations course will develop and deepen a student’s understanding of key policy formulation, negotiation and implementation matters pertaining to the employment relationship in dynamic contexts. It encompasses workplace and institutional practices and strategies, employment law, negotiation and dispute resolution, managing equity and diversity, workplace health and safety, managing rewards and performance and employment relations strategy. The course is designed to provide students with in-depth current knowledge or employment relations and the capacity to use that knowledge.
Graduates may be responsible for helping formulate policy and its implementation in the context of changing international, national and industry based employment practices. Graduates may work in both human resource management and employment relations. Graduates may also assume advisory and consultant positions, industrial officer and organiser positions in employer associations, employment relations consulting firms and unions.
This course will enable students to develop a general understanding of the employment relations environment, including theoretical and practical knowledge regarding:
- The people and institutions in employment relations (employees, employers, employer associations, unions, government organisations and other bodies)
- The processes used by those participants in negotiating and reaching decisions and the outcomes that arise
- The contribution of Employment Relations to organisations and society as a whole
- The political, economic and social context in which ER is practised
Applicants require an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale).
Professional Work Experience
Applicants who do not have an academic qualification but who have at least five years relevant work experience may gain entry to the Masters program by first completing the Graduate Certificate with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale). Applicants may be advised to complete tertiary preparation.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Griffith University before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Employment Relations courses are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations students must complete four units.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
The Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations will articulate into the Master of Employment Relations. Students will be awarded credit towards the Masters course.
Credit may be awarded for study undertaken at another tertiary institution and students are encouraged to contact the Course Convenor for further information.
Registering in this Course
OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations in the final year of their studies. Please complete the Graduation Form and send it with the graduation fee to:
Off Campus and Assignment Handling Services
Academic 2 (L08)
Meadowbrook QLD 4131
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are strongly urged to enrol in IRL100 Australian Employment Relations in their first Session. Students commencing in Session 2 should contact the Course Director for advice.
Students should complete IRL170 Employment Relations Strategies in their last Session.
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification. The courses are listed from the highest to the lowest qualification.
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