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MGT2006 Employment Relations

Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise

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Examiner: Shalene Werth
Moderator: Kim Southey

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 //


It is essential that human resource managers and other managers have an understanding of the employment relations framework within which they operate. Profound changes are occurring in the labour markets and economies throughout the world. The role of the state in regulating employment relations is shifting dramatically. All organisations are bound by industrial relations and employment law. Most large employers in Australia and most industrialised countries remain unionised, to some extent. The study of employment relations enables students to understand the implications of these issues for the management of people at work.


Issues covered in the course include agreement making, the causes of industrial conflict, the role of trade unions and employer associations, IR legislation, negotiation, managing workforce diversity, recent developments in the organisation of work. The importance of the changing nature of work and employment within a global context is reflected in the course's coverage of issues relating to employment relations in the Asian context and a comparative study of two diverse international approaches to the workplace relationship. In an environment where global economic influences impact so readily on the regulation and policy of international industrial relations, this course will provide students with an understanding of employment relations both in Australia and overseas.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. understand and be able to explain the relevance of employment relations for the management of the contemporary workforce
  2. critically evaluate the competing theoretical and ideological perspectives in employment relations
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the changing labour market context of employment relations
  4. show understanding of some of the main processes and parties (including unions, the state and management) associated with employment relations
  5. critique employment relations in Australia, including the implications of current legislation
  6. explain the causes, patterns and manifestations of industrial conflict
  7. critically evaluate employment relations in an international comparative context
  8. demonstrate written communication skills through researching and submitting the written assignment
  9. develop an understanding of ethical research and enquiry skills, academic norms and integrity.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to employment relations 8.30
2. The organisation of work 8.30
3. Agreements 8.30
4. Employment relations in Australia 8.40
5. Unions and employer associations 8.30
6. Managing workforce diversity 8.30
7. Negotiating 8.30
8. Industrial conflict 8.30
9. Tribunal systems and awards 8.30
10. International employment relations 8.40
11. Comparative employment relations 8.40
12. Emotion work 8.40

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Loudoun, R, McPhail, R & Wilkinson, A 2009, Introduction to employment relations, 2nd edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.

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 35.00
Directed Study 75.00
Private Study 55.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 100 35 12 Sep 2014
PARTICIPATION 10 10 10 Oct 2014
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 50 50 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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. Students may only bring writing and drawing instruments into the examination room.

  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. Assignments:
    1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. Please refer to the course StudyDesk for instructions on assessment submission. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm successful submission of assignments. The onus is on the student to provide proof of submission, if requested by the examiner.
    2. Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner.
    3. In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
    4. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Course weightings:
    Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. The examination may test material already tested in assignments.

  3. 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 //

  4. Deferred work:
    Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    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 //