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Sustaining the Employment Relationship (11192.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Business School


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The aim of this unit is to introduce students to 'best practice' research on the employment relationship. The unit focuses on a small number of key contemporary issues relating to the challenges of creating and sustaining a positive employment relationship and a healthy and safe work environment. The unit examines the theory and practice of how an organisation's performance may be influenced by the relationship with the workforce, unions and other stakeholders. The unit also examines, in broad terms, the key elements of the legislative framework for employment and the associated institutional arrangements as well as the legislative and management challenges of sustaining a healthy and safe working environment.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain the theory and concepts of sustaining the employment relationship including developments in this field of study;

2. Apply dimensions of the competencies and behaviours of an HR professional (enabling organisations to sustain a positive relationship with the workforce and with other relevant stakeholders) and curate evidence for a learning-portfolio, reflect on and discuss the learning and development relevant to the student's professional life;

3. Explain the characteristics of effective practice for sustaining a positive workforce relationship and identify how this relates to employee wellbeing and effective individual and organisational performance;

4. Discuss elements of sound ethical principles and use basic HR metrics in evidence-based decision-making associated with sustaining a positive employment relationship;

5. Explain the factors driving organisational change, changes in the future of work and the workforce (including inclusion, ICT and internationalisation) that have implications for workforce management;

6. Explain industry research in sustaining a positive employment relationship with the workforce in a selected organisational context that enhances employee wellbeing and job performance; and

7. Demonstrate clearly in writing the results of research and analysis of organisational HRM capability in a dynamic organisational content.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of an on-campus interactive workshop and an online lecture per week.


11174 Introduction to Management.



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