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MGT3006 Employment Relations

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Employment Relations
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080309 - Industrial Relations
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Shalene Werth


Enrolment is not permitted in MGT3006 if MGT2006 has been previously completed.

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, specialist and general managers, supervisors and business owners 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, which in a global business environment, influence decisions made by organisations in the Australian context. The role of the state in regulating employment relations is shifting dramatically with different ideologies vying for precedence in the regulatory requirements of business. This factor influences all organisations as they are bound by industrial relations and employment law. Most large employers in Australia and most industrialised countries remain unionised, to some extent. An understanding of the regulatory environment enables students to facilitate effective relationships with the different parties in employment relations: government, employer representatives and unions or other employee representatives. The study of employment relations provides students with an understanding of the implications of employment relations issues within the context of the effective management of human resources within the workplace.


Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to comprehend the complexity and critical nature of the industrial environment on the human resource function within the organisation. Employment relations constructs provide the basis of the organisational regulatory environment. The employment relations skills required by business owners, managers and human resource professionals are important for maintaining a sound approach to managing workers and maintaining best practice within the organisation, particularly where meeting industrial regulations is crucial. Through critical examination, students will be able to acquire an in-depth knowledge of this environment which enables them, in practice, to manage the complex and inherently political nature of this environment. Concepts explored 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, and recent developments in the organisation of work. It is recommended that students have a developed understanding of basic human resource and organisational behaviour theory prior to commencing this course.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. critically evaluate the competing theoretical and ideological perspectives in employment relations
  2. critically examine the changing labour market context and the culturally diverse labour market within employment relations
  3. appraise some of the main processes and parties (including unions, the state and management) associated with employment relations
  4. break down the causes, patterns and manifestations of industrial conflict
  5. communicate in writing by completion of the written assessments that include reflecting upon and taking responsibility for personal knowledge relating to employment relations and management of the contemporary workforce
  6. collaborate with peers to enhance learning through the discussion of employment relations concepts and ideologies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Employment relations: theory and context 25.00
2. The parties: the state, management and unions 25.00
3. Processes: regulation, legislation, agreement making 25.00
4. Outcomes: industrial conflict and employment relations performance. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Bray, M, Waring, P, Cooper, R & MacNeil, J 2018, Employment relations: theory and practice, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill Education, North Ryde, 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.
Teicher, J, Holland, P & Gough, R 2013, Australian workplace relations, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 29.00
Workshops 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 10 5 07 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 35 10 Sep 2019
EXAMINATION 50 50 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This is a closed examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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.

    On-campus: 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. 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