Management Employee Relations - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Research Skills (13%) , Assignment 2 - Award Interpretation (12%) - Learn more

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

Management Employee Relations aims to provide you with an understanding of industrial relations. It includes the roles of trade unions, the industrial tribunal system and employer associations. It places these in an historical and theoretical context that explains their present structures, activities and limitations. It will also address the contemporary approaches to workplace relations between managers, employees and unions. You will become acquainted with critical approaches to the practice of industrial relations.

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

  1. develop their understanding of the objectives, structure and activities of the main parties in industrial relations
  2. deepen their understanding of the employment relationship
  3. analyse the nature of industrial conflict and be aware of the processes by which disputes can be resolved
  4. evaluate recent public policy regarding the form of the industrial relations system
  5. analyse the impact of enterprise and workplace agreements on wages, conditions, organisational efficiency, workplace flexibility and equity and social justice
  6. examine the main theories of industrial relations
  7. develop critical insights into the development of the Australian industrial relations system
  8. be aware of social justice issues in the workplace and the broader society.
  • Assignment 1 — Research Skills (13%)
  • Assignment 2 — Award Interpretation (12%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Mid-study period test — Online Exam (25%)
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Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAN232 — Employment Relations
  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What are management-employee relations?
2Why management-employee relations?
3What do management employee relations look like?
4Why study theory?
5The changing context of management employee relations
6Unions and other forms of employee representation
7Management and employer representation
8The State and its agencies
9Bargaining structures, processes and outcomes
10State regulation - legislation
11Managing conflict - does it exist?
12Managing equity and diversity

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

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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.

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Required textbooks

  • Employment Relations: Theory & Practice

    By:Bray, Waring, Cooper, Macneil

    ISBN: 9781743070130


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