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.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22


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.