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


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Simon Fry

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1481

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.08.80

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.

CLO 4 Communicate employment relations concepts in diverse contexts.

CLO 5 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

The resources for the course comprise text books, journal articles, prescribed readings, lecture notes, web links and other online resources available through myRMIT.

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT /Canvas. In addition to topic notes, assessment details and a study schedule, you may also be provided with links to relevant online information, readings, audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

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 forBusiness 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: 40% 
Assessment Task 2: 30% 

Assessment Task 3: 30%

The assessment alignment table below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.







Task 1






Task 2






Task 3







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.