Course Title: Introduction to Employment Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Employment Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Shi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1319

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building: 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of VCE English Units 3 and 4 or equivalent.  The requirement is for students to be able to demonstrate the ability to comprehend and communicate information in accurate, clear, concise and coherent English.  In addition, students are required to have basic understanding commercial law principles. This knowledge is introduced in Commercial Law and students are strongly recommended to have completed Commercial Law prior to enrolling in Employment Law 1.

Course Description

This course explains key aspects of Australian employment law, including the analysis of common law principles applying the employer-employee relationship, as well as the statutory provisions governing employment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course you will have developed the following capabilities:
-facility in reading, understanding and communicating legal information as contained in cases and legislation, including observing legal writing formalities (such as correctly citing cases and legislation) within each of the legislative areas studied;
- legal research skills;
- critical analysis of factual problems and the ability to make judgements by applying employment law principles;
- written communication skills.

Successful completion of this unit means that students should be able to:


  1. Understand the history and evolution of employment law in Australia
  2. Understand key aspects of the relevant legislation and relevant case law.
  3. Apply the key legal rules associated with a range of employment law issues.
  4. Read and comprehend legislation.
  5. Read and comprehend relevant common law.
  6. Identify and critically analyse legal and associated issues in the context of relevant legislation and common law.
  7. Express that analysis in writing in a precise manner. 8. Problem solve, involving the application of knowledge to current legal issues.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities are designed around case-studies and problems that encourage critical discussion during seminars.


Students will be required to prepare answers to discussion questions every week before they come to seminars. This enables them to fully participate in class discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be advised of the prescribed text for this course and other reading materials upon enrolment.

Distributed Learning System (DLS)
This course is supported online using the Learning Hub of the DLS. The DLS gives access to important announcements, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. The Learning Hub of the DLS can be found at

Overview of Assessment

The assessments in this course are:




Class Discussion



Linked objectives and learning outcomes:       1, 2, 3, 4, 5                    


Assignment 1


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Assignment 2


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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.