Work and Employability (Previously Employment Relations) - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (45%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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

Please note: This unit has undergone a title change.

This unit provides students with content related to organisations, people and employability, covering contemporary workplace issues from both employers’ and employees’ perspectives. It facilitates development of a range of practical skills, focusing on skills to aid employability, whilst providing foundational knowledge of Employment Relations to assist students’ transition to and participation in the world of work.

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

  1. Explain key processes and strategies for managing people at work
  2. Understand the role of employers and how to manage people in organisations
  3. Understand the role of employees and the skills needed to enhance their employability
  4. Make connections between the unit content and their relevance personally and professionally
  5. Understand the importance of effective communication and interpersonal relations in the workplace.
  • Assignment 1 (45%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quizzes (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the Labour Market and the World of Work
2Employee Rights and Representation
3Employer Strategies and Representation
4Employability (Careers, Networking and Social Media)
5Workplace Planning and Recruitment
6Employment Selection Strategies
7Training and Talent Development
8People and Performance
9Rewards and Motivation
10Negotiation and Communication
11Workplace Health and Well-being

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

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.

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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Employment Relations: an Integrated Approach with

    By:McPhail, Jerrard & Southcombe

    ISBN: 9780170254694


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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