Courses & Units

Employment Relations BMA341

Hobart, Launceston



This unit offers you an opportunity to pursue advanced study in the discipline of industrial (or employment) relations (IR). As a level 300 unit in the HRM major, it builds on key aspects of industrial relations covered in BMA217 Theories of Work & Organisation; specifically theoretical approaches, power, conflict, and negotiation. Demonstrating learning outcomes in this unit requires the capability to understand and assess situations from multiple perspectives and to appreciate both short-term and long-term consequences of decisions at the individual, organisation and societal levels.

The unit is multi-disciplinary in approach spanning the disciplines of sociology, politics, history, business, and law. There is a strong focus on the application of theoretical concepts in real-world situations. There will be coverage of the Australian legal framework and approaches by organisations at the workplace and at tribunal levels. Assessment in the unit, therefore, includes identification and analysis of contemporary IR issues, a negotiation exercise, and a major exploratory research project on an approved topical IR issue.


Unit name Employment Relations
Unit code BMA341
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Ruth Barton

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
Accelerated Study Period 3 14/9/2020 2/10/2020 28/10/2020 12/12/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • LO1: Apply the major theories of industrial relations (IR) to practice.
  • LO2: Analyse and apply evidence-based management to contemporary IR issues in organisations to evaluate outcomes.
  • LO3: Communicate an evidence-based argument supported by IR literature and practice.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $2,702.00 080303

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BMA217 OR BMA247

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour workshop per week. Please check the unit outline for details.


Analysis (10%), Reflection (30%), Research paper (60%).

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