This unit is designed for the Human Resource Management specialisation of the Bachelor of Business. Students explore and critique employee relations issues, mainly in the Australian context. It includes an overview of the economic, legal and social elements of the employment relationship. This especially involves understanding the parties, their relationships with the industrial environment, the impact of legislation and the nature of dispute settlement. Students learn via simulated exercises, case studies, discussion around questions and lectures. Further, there is an attempt to bring in a practitioner perspective with several guest speakers. Topics include the context of ER, theoretical perspectives, trade unions, management, the state, legislation and other issues in relation to ER.

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BMO2000 - Human Resource Management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Deliberate and reflect on ideas, concepts and theories to analyse employee relations in Australia;  
  2. Analyse and critique of the parties, processes and rules of Australian employee relations; and  
  3. Critically evaluate contemporary developments in employee relations management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Essay (2000 words) 25%
Exercise Participation in role play 15% and reflective exercise 10%. 25%
Examination Final Exam 50%

Required reading

Employment Relations: Theory and Practice,
Bray, M, Waring, P & Cooper R 2011,
McGraw Hill, NSW.

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