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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.
- Demonstrate a contemporary understanding of existing and emerging ER issues, processes, legal frameworks and strategic approaches in diverse organisational contexts.
- Demonstrate the ability to obtain and analyse data relevant to ER issues in evolving organisational contexts.
- Demonstrate the ability to exercise judgement under 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.
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations, a student must:
- hold a bachelors degree in a related discipline from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale), or
- hold a non-related bachelors degree from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale) plus a minimum of two years equivalent full-time professional work experience in a related field, or
- have a minimum of five years equivalent full-time professional work experience in a related field.
Degrees from overseas institutions must be assessed as equivalent to a recognised Australian bachelors-level degree.
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 Graduate Certificate in Employment Relations students must complete four units.
The maximum period for completing this program is 2 years.
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.
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
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
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 -