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Managing Employee Relations (MGMT20009)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMGMT20009
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Why regulate employment? Do unions have too much power? How should pay be set? How can disputes at work be resolved? Should employees share in decision-making with management? These questions are central to contemporary debates over the policies and practices governing the relationship between managers and workers. This subject introduces students to the institutions, actors, and processes which shape the terms and conditions of work. An overview of key theoretical ideas provides the basis for examining major issues, trends and controversies in the regulation and management of employee relations.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the key institutions, processes and actors in the regulation and management of work and employment.
  • Critically evaluate competing views on the major issues influencing the regulation and management of employee relations.
  • Apply subject content to devise strategies that address employee relations challenges faced by business and management.

Generic skills

  • High level of development: critical thinking; problem solving; application of theory to practice; team work; collaborative learning; oral and written communication; analysis, interpretation, and synthesis of data and other information; receptiveness to alternative ideas.
  • Moderate level of development: accessing data and other information from a range of sources; use of computer software.

Eligibility and requirements


Please refer to Recommended Background Knowledge.


Please refer to Recommended Background Knowledge.

Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Please note that this is a second-year level subject. Students must have completed at least 50 points of study at first-year level to take this subject.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 2-hour examination, examination period (50%)
  • One individual assignment 1000 words, due week 5 (10%)
  • One group assignment (normally in groups of 4 students), equivalent to 500 words per student, 2000 words, due week 11 (30%)
  • Tutorial preparation and contribution, weekly (10%
  • To pass this subject students must pass the end of semester examination.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019