This unit aims to develop advanced knowledge and skills for HR practitioners and middle to senior managers in managing all facets of the relationship between employers and employees in the Australian context, including industrial matters, occupational health and safety, equitable treatment and the management of performance. It also aims to give students an appreciation of some of how employment relationships are managed by Australia's near neighbours.
1. Theories that Inform an Understanding of the Employment Relationship - psychological contract, labour process theories, contemporary theories of work, social, cultural and ideological contexts of employment relations.
2. Research skills in ER
3. Collective Employer and Worker representation, The Role of the State
4. Employment Relations in Australia: History.
5. Employment Relations in Australia: the past twenty years.
6. Employment Relations in Australia: 'The Rules' - legislative frameworks, awards, Fair Work Australia.
7. Employment Relations in Australia: Anti-Discrimination, EEO and OH&S.
8. Approaches to Performance Management: Policy and Practice - implications for unfair dismissal.
9. Advocacy and Negotiation
10. Case Studies in Employment Relations in the Asia Pacific
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
GA1: Intellectual rigour,
GA3: Ethical practice,
GA4: Knowledge of a discipline,
GA5: Lifelong learning,
GA6: Communication and social skills,
GA7: Cultural competence
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify the key theories and practices inherent in the domain of employment relations in the Australian context and their links to human resource management in organisations||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|2||recommend creative employment relations solutions in relation to current and/or emerging issues||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|3||research and compare employment relations in selected countries that are Australia's near neighbours.||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
- Balnave, N, Brown, J, Maconachie, G & Stone, RJ, 2009, Employment Relations in Australia, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons.
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