Managing Workplace Relations

HRM20017 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

More teaching periods

2024 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23

8 Jul 24 - 6 Oct 24

29 Oct 24

Last self enrolment:
21 Jul 24

2 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Aug 24


87.5 credit points

Aims and objectives

This unit considers the legislative/structural, ideological, ethical, political and practical issues for human resource management in Australian and global contexts. It analyses implications and explores resolutions to manage workforces in an Industrial Relations context.

Students who  successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify and analyse the key elements of various pieces of legislation related to work in Australia

2. Explore, understand and apply the major industrial relations theories to assess the nature of the employment relationship with its key stakeholders

3. Conduct a comparative analysis of global labour market trends and labour market flexibility

4. Describe, evaluate, and utilise negotiation models

5. Undertake research individually or in groups, to investigate changes in collective and alternative agreements, at the workplace level.