BUSM 7043 Industrial Relations and Workplace Change

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200719

Coordinator Michael Lyons Opens in new window

Description Industrial Relations and Workplace Change is designed to equip current and future employment relations professionals and practitioners with the knowledge necessary to analyse and implement the processes for workplace change and workplace-level bargaining. The understanding of workplace change covered in this unit includes an emphasis on rights, obligations and "voice". The unit focuses on workplace change problem solving for employee engagement and dispute resolution in both local and global workplace change contexts.

School Business

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 8579 - The Industrial Relations Process

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Describe the purposes and roles of workplace change both in Australia and other countries;
  2. Evaluate the importance of consultative processes and the effectiveness of particular mechanisms in the workplace change context;
  3. Contrast traditional approaches to the industrial relations of workplace change with key elements of an employee engagement focus to be able to analyse the implications of workplace change proposals;
  4. Advocate an approach to workplace change problems in complex and changing circumstances to make strategic contributions;
  5. Identify global and international issues that affect the industrial relations of the workplace change processes.

Subject Content

- workplace change and The external environment: regulation and policy influences
- workplace change and The Internal environment: management styles and prerogatives
- workplace change and Collective representation: Productivity and flexibility
- workplace change through Bargaining and Negotiation
- workplace disputes: causes, avoidance and Resolution
- employee voice: employee engagement and performance
- Product markets and international best practice
- industrial relations, HRM and Measuring for evaluation


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay 2,000 words 50 N Individual
Take-home Exam 2,000 words 50 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Bray, M, Waring, P and Cooper, R & Macneil J 2018, Employment relations: theory & practice, 4th edition, McGraw Hill, Sydney.

Teaching Periods

2022 Quarter 1

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


Subject Contact Michael Lyons Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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