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Parent Programme
Bachelor of Business
Level 7
Employment Relations (Elective)
Reference Code: BB7 710
Year 3
Spring Semester 2
12 Weeks Full-Time X 2.5 Hours per week
12 Weeks Part-Time X 1.5 Hours per week

Employee Relations Module

Employee Relations:

The nature of - Employment Relations 

  • The nature and context of the employment relationship;
  • rights, duties and expectations arising from the psychological contract;
  • Contract of employment and relevant legislation.

Employers and Trade Union Organisations:

  • The role and structure of Trade Unions and Employer Organisations;
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of joining such associations;
  • Trends in membership.

Institutions involved in Dispute Resolution

  • Employment relations introduction to the relevant institutional framework;
    • Aims, objectives, structure, function, operation, usage and reform/evolution;
  • Workplace Relations Reform 2016.

Collective Bargaining - Employment relations

Employment relations - collective bargaining

  • The development of the concept of Collective Bargaining;
  • The roles played by Employer Organisations and Trade Unions;
  • Lobbying forces capacity as Social Partners;
  • Labour market segmentation and sex segregation;
  • Labour market flexibility and non-standard forms of work;
  • Trade union and industrial action; Collective bargaining and minimum wage.

Training and Skill Development

The importance of Employment Relations

  • Employee involvement in organizational decision-making;
  • Growth of job insecurity and unemployment;
  • Work family conflict;
  • Engaging employees in the knowledge economy.

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
LO 1
Evaluate the key theories in labour market and employee relations
LO 2
Critique the role of different actors involved in employee relations
LO 3
Compare and contrast the various forms of employee involvement and representation
LO 4
Apply the theoretical concepts associated with employee relations to practical work-based scenarios
LO 5
Assess the impact of training and skills development on workforce capability


LO4, LO5
LO1, LO2, LO3
Written Final Examination

Reassessment Opportunity

Where the combined marks of the assessment and examination do not reach the pass mark the learner will be required to repeat the element of assessment that they failed. Reassessment materials will be published on Moodle after the Examination Board and will be aligned to the MIMLOs and learners will be capped at 40% unless there are personal mitigating circumstances.

Aims & Objectives

This module aims to provide learners with an understanding of the importance of employment relations for a business.   Maintaining positive relationships with employees can help a business improve productivity and the efficiency of their operations.  However, it can often be a function which can consume significant businesses resources due to a mishandling, or misunderstanding, of employee relations.

This module aims to provide learners with the necessary insights of the prominent areas of employee relations, such as labour market theories, training and skill development, and employee engagement, which would best utilise this important business resource.