Dynamics of Workplace Relations (Previously IRL110 - Workplace Employment Relations) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Group Discussion Board Task (25%) , Presentation (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

Examines how interactions between management and employees create interesting and challenging dynamics in relations at work. Examines work from the employees’ viewpoint and shows how their experience can be quite different from what may be intended or taken for granted. Shows how a range of factors including time, skills and knowledge and emotion affect the employment relationship.

Students will be required to complete one of the assessment tasks as an oral presentation.

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

  1. discuss the contemporary context of work
  2. identify and apply different themes about the meaning of work
  3. define and classify work, distinguish it from non-work and explore the extent of hidden work and relate to concepts of work life balance
  4. argue why the temporal aspects of work are important and how management and employees variously manage this aspect of workplace relations
  5. analyse how the skills, emotions and knowledge of employees are utilised by organisations and explore how this can lead to unfair discrimination
  6. examine arguments for and against the deskilling thesis
  7. discuss management surveillance, explain why representation is necessary and analyse strategies employees use for survival
  • Group Discussion Board Task (25%)
  • Presentation (35%)
  • Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: exploring the realities of work
2The changing context of work
3The meaning of work
4Time and work
5Work skills
6Work routines
7Emotion work
8Knowledge and work
9Survival strategies and surveillance at work
10Hidden work
11Work and life
12Unfair discrimination and representation
13Conclusion and reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Realities of Work

    By:Noon, M & Blyton, P et al

    ISBN: 9780230213043


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