Principles of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations - 2016

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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 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Industry Project Plan (10%) , Assignment 2 - Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,826.00
International 3,076.00

This unit examines up-to-date theory and practice related to the management of human resources and employment relations in the 21st-century. Issues and challenges related to institutional conditions that affect employment relationship factors are canvassed. The global, knowledge intensive context, characterised by the blurring of employment boundaries and evolving organisational forms, will provide a backdrop for the content analysis.

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify and understand the interests of the actors who constitute the employment relationship
  2. Identify and explain the key elements involved with managing the employment relationship
  3. Understand what unions do in employment
  4. Understand the role of the state in employment relations
  5. Critically appreciate the contributions that HR and IR theoretical paradigms make to understanding the world of employment and work
  • Assignment 1 — Industry Project Plan (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Module 1: People at Work Week 1: Introduction to the course
2Introduction to industrial relations and human resource management
3Shifting Production Paradigms: HRM in Historic & Economic Perspective
4Module 2: Employment Regulation Industrial Relations Systems
5Health and Safety
6Unions and employer associations
7Module 3: Human Resource Management Introduction to human resource management
8Learning and development at work
9Performance management
11The Realities of the Workplace
12Policy and Practice
13Course Overview, Conclusions and Revision

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

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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