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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019

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

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

The assessments in this course are:



 Linked CLOs

Assessment 1


1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment 2


1, 2, 3, 4 ,5               

Assessment 3


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


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.