Managing Employee Relations

Subject MGMT20009 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 X 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

3 hours per week plus a minimum of 6 hours per week in self directed study


At least one of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2014

One of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2014
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the management of relations between employees and employers. It aims to provide students with an understanding of conflict and cooperation at work and the ways that individuals, unions, employer associations and government interact to manage employee relations. The subject covers the conceptual and theoretical foundations, as well as the practice of, managing employee relations. Topics covered include: the sources of conflict and cooperation at work; the economic and social outcomes of employee relations; the key actors in the area of employee relations; systems of regulation; processes of bargaining and negotiation; and topical issues in employee relations.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Apply theories of the employment relationship to explain patterns of conflict and cooperation
  • Explain the economic and social outcomes of employee relations
  • Describe the key actors in employee relations and their roles
  • Explain the role of regulation of employee relations
  • Analyse current issues in employee relations
  • A 2-hour end of semester examination (50%)
  • A group-based tutorial presentation (due in an allocated week throughout the semester) (10%)
  • A group assignment based on tutorial presentation, totalling no more than 2000 words (due the week after the tutorial presentation) (20%)
  • An individual assignment totalling no more than 2000 words due in week 7 (20%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

• High level of development: oral communication; written communication; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.
• Moderate level of development: problem solving; evaluation of data and other information.
• Some level of development: collaborative learning; statistical reasoning; use of computer software.


This class was formerly called Managing Conflict in the Workplace.

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