Introduction to Industrial Relations

Course code IRHR2010
Available in 2017
2016 Course Timetables


The effective management of complex employment relationships is a critical function in contemporary organisations. The course introduces industrial relations delineating its essential concepts. In so doing, it considers the historical dimensions of work and the employment relationship, and the origins and the development of industrial relations up to the present time. Particular detailed attention is given to the present day structures and characteristics of employee representation, management and employers' associations. This is complemented by an examination of the role of the state, and how recent systemic changes affect state regulation and the workplace. The problem based learning structure allows you to develop your inquiry and communication skills.



  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate descriptive knowledge of the field of industrial relations.

2. Apply the essential concepts of industrial relations and their interrelationship at the personal, organisational and national levels.

3. Recognise and consider the social, historical and equity issues within industrial relatins.

4. Investigate solutions to industrial relations problems based on research and assessment of current practices.

5. Communicate your knowledge of industrial relations in both written and verbal formats reactive to both audience and purpose.


The syllabus incorporates five main areas: the scope of industrial relations as a field of study; management; employee representation; the role of the state and regulatory processes; key determinants of industrial relations. Contemporary Australian examples are central to the course. Historical and international examples of industrial relations structures and processes are also used.

Assumed Knowledge

IRHR1001 Managing the Organisation or MNGT1001 Introduction to Management

Assessment Items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: PBL Exercises: Advising NBS Hotel and Advising Evie

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial assessment

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.