Master of Employment Relations - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2017 course information for this course is now available. View 2017 course details.

Course summary

Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 12 units to complete
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Sat & Sun: 9am - 5pm

All times in Australian Eastern
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Please note: There have been changes to the unit codes in this program. Please refer to the Recommended Study Pattern for more information.

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 of 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.

KNOWLEDGE

  • Demonstrate a contemporary understanding of existing and emerging ER issues, processes, legal frameworks and strategic approaches in diverse organisational contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theory that underpin research within the ER discipline.


SKILLS

  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain, analyse and interpret data relevant to ER issues in evolving organisational  contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to exercise judgement under minimal supervision to recommend appropriate solutions for evolving ER tasks in diverse contexts and to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate relevant ethical, legal and social considerations in an impartial way for routine and evolving ER issues.   
  • Demonstrate the ability to justify, interpret and communicate diverse ER ideas in a broad set of personal and group contexts.
     

APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
 

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply a broad and coherent knowledge of foundational and contemporary ER theories, concepts, practical principles and processes in diverse local and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply ER knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations and in professional practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to autonomously plan and execute an applied ER research-based project to investigate and solve relevant ER problems. 

Academic

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Employment Relations program, a student must:

  • hold a related bachelor degree from a recognised University (or another tertiary institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale), or
  • hold a Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations or Human Resource Management, or equivalent qualification in a related field from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale). These students may be eligible for 40 credit points Advanced Standing as determined by the Program Director.

English language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum score of 580 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no score less than 19)
  • OR a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 61 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 54 in all Communicative Skills.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students are strongly urged to enrol in EHR710 Australian Employment Relations (Previously IRL100) in their first Session. Students commencing in Session 2 should contact the Course Director for advice. Students are required to have undertaken MER units to the value of 80 credit points before enrolling in the following units: EHR 700 Managing Organizational Policy, EHR 702 Evidence-based practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations and EHR 703 International and Comparative Human Resource Management and Employment Relations.

Changes in 2016:

In 2016 there have been changes to the unit codes in the Master of Employment Relations and the Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations. Details of those unit code changes can be found in the table below. These changes will take affect in Study Session 1 2016. 

Current Unit Code Unit Name New Unit Code
IRL100 Australian Employment Relations EHR710
IRL110 Dynamics of Workplace Relations EHR711
IRL120 Regulation of Employment Relationships EHR712
IRL130 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution EHR713
IRL140 Managing Equity and Diversity EHR704
IRL150 Managing Performance and Rewards EHR705
IRL160 Work Health and Safety EHR706
IRL170 Employment Relations Strategy EHR707

To qualify for the award of Master of Employment Relations a student must complete twelve units (120 credit points).

The maximum period for completing this program is 5 years.
 

Majors

Please note: The unit codes for this program have been updated. Please refer to the table below for more information.
 

Current Unit Code Unit Name New Unit Code
IRL100 Australian Employment Relations EHR710
IRL110 Dynamics of Workplace Relations EHR711
IRL120 Regulation of Employment Relationships EHR712
IRL130 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution EHR713
IRL140 Managing Equity and Diversity EHR704
IRL150 Managing Performance and Rewards EHR705
IRL160 Work Health and Safety EHR706
IRL170 Employment Relations Strategy EHR707
Total number of units to complete: 12 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Employment Relations (Previously IRL100)
EHR710 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Dynamics of Workplace Relations (Previously IRL110 - Workplace Employment Relations)
EHR711 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Regulation of Employment Relationships (IRL120)
EHR712 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (Previously IRL130)
EHR713 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Managing Equity and Diversity (Previously IRL140)
EHR704 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Managing Performance and Rewards (Previously IRL150)
EHR705 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Work Health and Safety (Previously IRL160)
EHR706 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Employment Relations Strategy (Previously IRL170)
EHR707 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Principles of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR701 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Managing Organisation Policy
EHR700 Griffith - Sess 2 -
International and Comparative Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR703 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Evidence-based Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR702 Griffith Sess 1 - -

Students articulating from the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management are required to choose EHR710, EHR712 or EHR713 as a substitute for EHR705.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Dynamics of Workplace Relations (Previously IRL110 - Workplace Employment Relations)
EHR711 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Managing Organisation Policy
EHR700 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Managing Equity and Diversity (Previously IRL140)
EHR704 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Managing Performance and Rewards (Previously IRL150)
EHR705 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Work Health and Safety (Previously IRL160)
EHR706 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Employment Relations Strategy (Previously IRL170)
EHR707 Griffith - Sess 2 -
International and Comparative Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR703 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Evidence-based Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR702 Griffith Sess 1 - -

Students articulating from the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management are required to choose EHR710, EHR712 or EHR713 as a substitute for EHR705.

Total number of units to complete: 12 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
 
Australian Employment Relations
IRL100 Griffith Sess 1 - -
 
Dynamics of Workplace Relations (Previously Workplace Employment Relations)
IRL110 Griffith Sess 1 - -
 
Regulation of Employment Relationships
IRL120 Griffith - Sess 2 -
 
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
IRL130 Griffith - Sess 2 -
 
Managing Equity and Diversity
IRL140 Griffith Sess 1 - -
 
Managing Performance and Rewards
IRL150 Griffith Sess 1 - -
 
Work Health and Safety
IRL160 Griffith - Sess 2 -
 
Employment Relations Strategy
IRL170 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Principles of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR701 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Managing Organisation Policy
EHR700 Griffith - Sess 2 -
International and Comparative Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR703 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Evidence-based Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR702 Griffith Sess 1 - -

Students articulating from the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management are required to choose IRL100, IRL120 or IRL130 as a substitute for IRL150.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
 
Dynamics of Workplace Relations (Previously Workplace Employment Relations)
IRL110 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Managing Organisation Policy
EHR700 Griffith - Sess 2 -
 
Managing Equity and Diversity
IRL140 Griffith Sess 1 - -
 
Managing Performance and Rewards
IRL150 Griffith Sess 1 - -
 
Work Health and Safety
IRL160 Griffith - Sess 2 -
 
Employment Relations Strategy
IRL170 Griffith - Sess 2 -
International and Comparative Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR703 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Evidence-based Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR702 Griffith Sess 1 - -

Students articulating from the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management are required to choose IRL100, IRL120 or IRL130 as a substitute for IRL150.

The Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations or Human Resources 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.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Master of Employment Relations. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on oua-services@griffith.edu.au.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

Pre-2015:

Students who have commenced the Master of Employment Relations or the Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations prior to 2015 will need to ensure all required units have been successfully completed by the end of Session 1, 2016.

Any units that have been withdrawn will still be counted towards the award. Existing students can also choose to transition into the new course structure outlined in the Course Units page.

Students can find the 2014 version of this course below:
Master of Employment Relations 2014


Changes in 2015:

This program is being lengthened from 80 credit points to 120 credit points, in meeting the AQF requirements for a 1.5 year Level 9 Masters program following a relevant Level 7 qualification. The first admit for the Masters of Employment Relations is Session 1 2015.

The AQF requires that coursework Masters degrees include a compulsory research methods plus independent research component and compulsory project work/practice-related learning component.  The Masters of Employment Relations (120CP) has two units that address these requirements - EHR702 and  IRL170.

This major changes requires the addition of the following units:

EHR700 Managing Organisation Policy
EHR701 Principles of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR702 Evidence-based Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
EHR703 International & Comparative Human Resource Management and Employment Relations

For existing students seeking further information regarding these transitions or for study plan advice, please contact your course coordinator or Griffith OUA services -
oua-services@griffith.edu.au

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