Employment Relations Strategy (Previously IRL170) - 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
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Introductory Assignment (25%) , Report1 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

The unit examines the concept of 'employment relations strategy' and revisits core concepts central to employment relations that have been introduced in other units. Drawing from a number of disciplines, including Management, Strategic HRM and Industrial (now 'Employment') Relations, the unit encourages students to think in a holistic way about strategic employment relations planning in an organisation.

Is it merely reactive, via adjustments to new legislation and via incremental changes through enterprise bargaining and/or in management policies? Or can employment relations be seen as 'strategic', affecting the bottom line of the organisation? To what extent are there multiple solutions to a particular problem or issue, and what kinds of decision making are necessary to ensure the optimal solution is chosen? What is the boundary between 'HR' and 'employment relations' and, in a day-to-day sense, are the two separable?

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the concept of employment relations strategy using different conceptual lenses
  2. understand the difference between and the overlap of employment/industrial relations and human resource management, in theory and in practice
  3. conduct a data collection process in order to gather background information for an employment relations strategy
  4. develop an employment relations strategy for an organisation
  5. critique employment relations strategy from different conceptual positions.
  • Assignment — Introductory Assignment (25%)
  • Report1 (30%)
  • Report2 (45%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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.

2What is ER Strategy? A Multidisciplinary Perspective Part I
3What is ER Strategy? A Multidisciplinary Perspective Part II
4The External ER Environment (a review)
5People and culture (a subset of the environment assuming a PESTEL style framework for analysis
6Industry studies --- (a subset of the environment)
7Ideology and ER Strategy
8Preparing an ER strategic plan
9Review of unit and reflection on career

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links
  • Wikis

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.
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