Course Title: Employment Relations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Employment Relations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


Singapore Inst of Management


630H Management


Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 1 09,
Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh1 12,
Offsh3 12,
Offsh1 13,
Offsh3 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh1 17,
Offsh3 17,
Offsh1 18


Shanghai Uni of Int Bus & Econ


630H Management


Offsh 1 11,
Offsh1 12


RMIT University Vietnam


630H Management


Viet1 2021,
Viet2 2021,
Viet3 2021,
Viet2 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet3 2023,
Viet1 2024


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


630H Management


Viet3 2021,
Viet2 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet3 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Matthrew Walker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1140

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.09

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with an introduction to the nature of employment relations; it examines how governments, unions, employees, employers and employer groups shape the employment relationship at national and organisational levels. The course will introduce you to the nature of employment relations in a local context and will also explore differences in approaches to employment relations in other selected countries.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

CLO1: Apply broad knowledge of employment relations key theories, practical principles and approaches to contemporary ER issues in diverse contexts.

CLO2: Analyse and evaluate institutional and regulatory considerations in managing organisational employment relations.

CLO3: Evaluate the role of trade unions or non-union representatives in representing employee interests in organizational contexts.

CLO4: Communicate employment relations concepts in diverse contexts.

CLO5: Analyse key differences in employment relations in selected countries to inform organisational policy and practices.


Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of activities, both individual and group, will be used to help you reach the learning outcomes.

Specific activities include lecture sessions and may include participation in group activities.  Staff will facilitate discussions in either face-to-face contexts or other delivery modes.

A crucial aspect of the learning activities is your ability to use the recommended readings as a basis for developing your command of the course material. You will also be expected to use the Library and other resources such as the Web to access relevant information.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT Library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop:


Assessment Task 1: 30% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 4

Assessment Task 2: 30% 
Linked CLOs: 2, 4

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.