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 class topics. Further, there is a practitioner perspective also included in the sessions. Topics include the context of Employment Relations (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. Identify the major Employment Relations (ER) functions and the key influences impacting employee/employer behaviour and underpinning factors;  
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate key processes of ER at the workplace level and their relationships to organisations;  
  3. Investigate a range of ER approaches, evaluate the benefits of each of their appropriate implementation;  
  4. Critically discuss, analyse and evaluate the current ER trends and their impact on the parties, processes and rules of Australian ER; and  
  5. Exhibit individual responsibility and accountability for contributing to group outcomes.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Critical review of an article 15%
Research Paper Organisational research 15%
Presentation Group Presentation (group presentation 20%, group slides 20%, individual peer evaluation/critique 10%) 50%
Case Study Individual Case Study Report (x2) 20%

Required reading

Employment Relations: Theory and Practice, 4th edition,
Bray, M, Waring, P & Cooper, R 2018,
McGraw Hill, NSW.

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