Courses & Units

Employment Relations BMA341


This unit offers you an opportunity to pursue advanced study in the discipline of industrial relations. The unit is particularly focussed on the employment relationship, its regulation and management in contemporary workplaces. The unit introduces theoretical approaches to power, conflict and negotiation in a workplace environment. 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 has a strong focus on the application of theoretical concepts in real-world situations. There will be coverage of the Australian regulatory framework and approaches to the employment relationship taken by organisations, unions, governments and industrial tribunals.

Assessment in the unit includes identification and analysis of contemporary issues in industrial relations, a negotiation exercise and a major exploratory research project on an approved topic.


Unit name Employment Relations
Unit code BMA341
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Mr Peter Dixon
Teaching staff Associate Professor Tim Butcher
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Accelerated Study Period 3 11/9/2023 4/10/2023 26/10/2023 10/12/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the major employment relations frameworks and models to interpret employment relations strategies and practice.
  • Critically evaluate emerging and current trends in employment relations.
  • Communicate ideas and arguments in an evidence-based manner.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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BMA121 OR BMA101


Teaching Pattern

For this unit, on-campus classes will be delivered in intensive three-hour block workshops, four times a semester. Please refer to the Timetable and MyLO site for further details.

In addition to on-campus classes, this unit will deliver content online via learning activities in MyLO and/or Zoom workshops.
This unit is also offered fully online. Please follow the instructions given by your Unit Coordinator in MyLO regarding opportunities to attend online workshops or consultation sessions.

For students enrolled on-campus, please note that in ASP3, all units will now have an introductory 1-hour workshop in Week 1.

AssessmentIndividual Issue Analysis Powerpoint (25%)|Individual Negotiation Reflective Paper (25%)|Individual Essay (50%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



There is not a required textbook. There will be required readings for each topic that can be accessed through the Unit Reading List. As well there will be additional reading lists supplied on MyLO for some of the assessments

These materials will be useful to your developing knowledge and understanding of the content in this unit. When seeking sources of evidence to support your assignment work, the required readings and reading lists are a useful starting point.

For those students who wish to undertake some preliminary reading, the text book Bray, M, Waring, P, Cooper R and MacNeil, J (2017) Employment Relations: Theory and Practice, 4th Edition, Sydney: McGraw Hill will be useful. There are hard and electronic copies in the UTAS library.

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