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CTU4080 Fair Labour Practices

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Moussa Berete
Moderator: Marie Kavanagh

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course is an examination of labour policies, practices, and tools required to build strong employee relations and to ensure fair labour practices. Topics include employment law, employee distribution, collective bargaining and labour unions, health and safety, training and development, and diversity policies and practices. This course approaches these topics from a global perspective and encourages students to become knowledgeable with fair labour practices at home and abroad.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate an organisationís collective bargaining arrangements and union profile; assess the impacts that such arrangements have on the employees and the company
  2. analyse an organisationís compensation/benefits plan and make a qualitative assessment as to the extent to which such practices match industry standards
  3. draft an employment diversity policy which describes how an organisation might attract, hire, train, and retain individuals with diverse backgrounds; ensure that the diversity plan includes policies to eliminate any job, opportunity, or compensation barriers
  4. assess the laws that govern the employee-employer relationship with regard to personnel decisions; describe how they support fair labour practices
  5. review an organisationís health and safety plan, the manner in which the organisation tracks incidents, and how that organisation responds to these incidents
  6. assess the manner in which employees are trained on health and safety practices and policies
  7. assess the distribution of an organisationís employees and draft an organisational profile that indicates the number and types of employees, their demographics, the positions they hold, and the responsibilities of each department
  8. assess an organisationís separation policies and the extent to which these policies support employees
  9. evaluate a companyís training, development, and performance review practices to ensure that they support employeesí skill development.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Each topic carries equal weighting.
Topic 1: (i) Ensuring fair treatment and legal compliance; (ii) Recruitment and retaining qualified employees
Topic 2: (i) Selecting employees to fit the job and the organisation; (ii) Training and developing a competitive workforce
Topic 3: (i) Conducting performance management; (ii) Developing an approach to total compensation
Topic 4: (i) Using performance-based pay to achieve strategic objectives; (ii) Providing benefits and services
Topic 5: (i) Global reporting initiative (GRI); (ii) Child labour; (iii) Forced labour
Topic 6: (i) Promoting workplace safety and health; (ii) Understanding unionisation and collective bargaining
Topic 7: (i) A new framework for implementing corporate sustainability; (ii) Leadership and strategy for corporate sustainability
Topic 8: (i) Organising for sustainability; (ii) Performance evaluation and reward systems
Topic 9: (i) External sustainability reporting and verification; (ii) The benefits of sustainability for corporations and society

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Epstein, MJ 2008, Making sustainability work: best practices in managing and measuring corporate social, environmental and economic impacts, Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, California.
  • Jackson, SE, Schuler, RS & Werner, S 2012, Managing human resources through strategic partnerships, 11th edn, Cengage, Mason, Ohio.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 39.00
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 87.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH PROPOSAL 10 10 29 Mar 2012
RESEARCH PAPER 25 25 17 May 2012
ASSIGNMENT 25 25 06 Jun 2012
PARTICIPATION 15 15 07 Jun 2012
TEAM PRESENTATION 25 25 07 Jun 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at