Principles of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations - 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 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

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 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 (50%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
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There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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.

1Introduction to the course
2Employment relations and human resource management
3Employment from a historic and economic perspective
4Employment regulation and legislation
5Unions and employer associations
6Equity and diversity
7Assessment guidance
8Workplace health and safety
9Recruitment and selection
10Learning and development
11Performance management
12Reward management
13Reality of work
14Course summary and exam preparation

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

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