Practical Employment Law - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Supplemented
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This unit covers contracts of employment, enterprise and individual bargaining laws, and federal and state legislation dealing with industrial laws.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain and discuss legal concepts and principles relating to employment and industrial law, using web-based technologies to assist sourcing those legal concepts and principles
  2. analyse and interpret relevant legislation and case law relating to employment law and industrial law
  3. analyse ethical issues arising from employment law
  4. communicate employment law concepts effectively in written activities using clear, concise and appropriate language.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Examination (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to employment law
2Development of employment law in Australia
3The employment relationship, including types of employment arrangements
4Terms of an employment contract, including entering into a contract and basic entitlements in employment contracts
5Additional terms, including pay, hours and leave both at common law and under statute
6The duties and obligations of the parties in the employment relationship
7Anti-discrimination issues - including the General Protections scheme, including discussion of dispute resolution in employment law
8Termination of employment relationships
9Wrongful termination and unfair dismissal agreements
10Workplace Safety, including bullying in the workplace
11Enterprise Agreements - what they are and the process

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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