UNIT OUTLINE

UNIT OUTLINE
UNIT OUTLINE
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BMA341
Industrial Relations
Semester 2, 2014
THIS UNIT IS BEING OFFERED BY:
DISTANCE
Taught by:
Dr Karin Mathison
CRICOS Provider Code: 00586B
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Contents
Contact Details ........................................................................................................................................ 2
Unit Description ...................................................................................................................................... 3
Prior Knowledge &/or Skills OR Pre-Requisite Unit(s) ............................................................................ 3
Enrolment in the Unit ............................................................................................................................. 3
When does the unit commence? ............................................................................................................ 3
Intended Learning Outcomes and Generic Graduate Attributes for BMA341 ....................................... 4
Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approach .................................................................... 5
Learning Resources ................................................................................................................................. 5
Technical requirements for MyLO ...................................................................................................... 6
Student Feedback via eVALUate ............................................................................................................. 7
Details of Teaching Arrangements .......................................................................................................... 8
Assessment ............................................................................................................................................. 9
Submission of Assessment Items .......................................................................................................... 11
Review of Assessment and Results ....................................................................................................... 12
Further Support and Assistance ............................................................................................................ 13
Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism .................................................................................................. 15
Study Schedule ...................................................................................................................................... 16
Contact Details
Unit Coordinator/Lecturer:
Dr Karin Mathison
Campus:
Hobart (Sandy Bay)
Room Number:
Room 428, Commerce Building
Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
+61 3 6226 2714
Consultation Time:
By appointment
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Unit Description
This unit offers students an opportunity to pursue advanced study in the discipline of industrial
relations (IR). Upon completion of the unit students will be able to identify and articulate contrasting
theoretical approaches in IR, plan and contribute to a negotiation and identify and critically evaluate
contemporary issues in IR with reference to theories of power and conflict.
The unit is multi-disciplinary in approach and spans the disciplines of sociology, politics, history,
business and law. There is a strong focus on practical application of theoretical concepts in realworld situations. Assessment in the unit therefore includes identification and analysis of
contemporary IR issues, a negotiation exercise and a major exploratory research project on a topical
IR issue.
Prior Knowledge &/or Skills OR Pre-Requisite Unit(s)
BMA247 or BMA217
Enrolment in the Unit
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, students should not enrol in this unit after the end of
week two of semester, as the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE) cannot guarantee
that:
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any extra assistance will be provided by the teaching team in respect of work covered in the
period prior to enrolment; and
penalties will not be applied for late submission of any piece or pieces of assessment that were
due during this period.
When does the unit commence?
The unit will commence on Monday 14th July 2014.
The associated MyLO site will be available from Monday 7th July 2014.
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Intended Learning Outcomes and Generic Graduate Attributes for BMA341
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
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ASSESSMENT METHODS
GRADUATE ATTRIBUTE OUTCOMES
The assessments and teaching activities
in this unit have been designed to
develop the following graduate
attributes in students.
In this unit you will learn:
In assessing this unit I will be looking at your ability to:
Learning Outcome 1
Distinguish between the major theories of the employment
relationship.
Contemporary issue analysis
Explain the roles, rights and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the
employment relationship.
Research paper
Learning Outcome 2
Identify and critique contemporary issues in industrial relations.
Contemporary issue analysis
Identify contemporary issues
and their impact upon the
management of industrial
relations in organisations.
Propose the application of industrial relations theories in practical
situations.
Negotiation exercise
Negotiation journal
Research paper
Learning Outcome 3
Work constructively with others to complete a task.
Negotiation exercise
Distinguish between different
theoretical approaches to
industrial relations.
Collaborate with others,
communicate effectively and
reflect on personal learning.
Learning Outcome 4
Present an academic argument
supported by academic
literature.
Communicate effectively in a variety of forms.
Negotiation journal
Reflect on personal learning.
Research paper
Critically analyse a special topic relating to industrial relations theory
and/ or practice.
Research paper
Locate and use appropriate academic sources.
Research paper
Present an argument in writing with adequate content, sound logic,
and good grammar.
Research paper
Knowledge:
Explain the major theories of the
employment relationship as the basis for
understanding industrial relations.
Apply the major theories in a number of
contexts, focusing on the roles, rights
and responsibilities of key stakeholders
in the employment relationship.
Communication Skills:
Communicate and defend an argument
persuasively and succinctly in a variety
of forms.
Problem Solving Skills:
Think logically, critically and creatively to
solve problems related to the practice of
industrial relations.
Identify contemporary industrial
relations issues and recognise potential
issues in a business context.
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Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approach
The University is committed to a high standard of professional conduct in all activities, and holds its
commitment and responsibilities to its students as being of paramount importance. Likewise, it
holds expectations about the responsibilities students have as they pursue their studies within the
special environment the University offers. The University’s Code of Conduct for Teaching and
Learning states:
Students are expected to participate actively and positively in the teaching/learning
environment. They must attend classes when and as required, strive to maintain steady
progress within the subject or unit framework, comply with workload expectations, and
submit required work on time.
Work, Health and Safety (OH&S)
The University is committed to providing a safe and secure teaching and learning environment. In
addition to specific requirements of this unit you should refer to the University’s policy at:
www.utas.edu.au/work-health-safety.
Learning Resources
Prescribed Text
A prescribed text is a resource that you must have access to for the purposes of studying this unit.
There is no prescribed text for this unit.
Recommended Texts
A recommended text is a resource that you can use to broaden your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. You
may also find a recommended text helpful when conducting research for assignments.
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Bray, M, Waring, P & Cooper, R 2011, Employment relations: Theory and practice, 2nd edn,
McGraw-Hill Australia, Sydney.
Alexander, R & Lewer, R 2008, Understanding Australian industrial relations,7th edn,
Thomson Learning, Southbank.
Teicher, J, Holland, P, & Gough, R (eds.) 2006, Employee relations management: Australia in
a global context, 2nd edn, Prentice Hall, Frenchs Forest.
Sappey, R, Burgess, J, Lyons, M & Buultjens, J 2006, Industrial Relations in Australia: Work
and Workplaces, Prentice Hall, Frenchs Forest.
Other Recommended Resources
Useful websites:
www.fairwork.gov.au The Fair Work Ombudsman
www.airc.gov.au Australian Industrial Relations Commission
www.wst.tas.gov.au Workplace Standards Tasmania
www.tcci.com.au Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
www.actu.org.au Australian Council of Trade Unions
www.ituc-csi.org International Trade Union Confederation
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Newspapers and business magazines:
Australian Financial Review
Business Review Weekly
Sydney Morning Herald
The Age
The Australian
Academic journals:
Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Employee Relations
European Journal of Industrial Relations
Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Industrial Relations Journal
Journal of Industrial Relations
My Learning Online (MyLO)
Access to the MyLO online learning environment unit is required for this unit. The unit has its own
MyLO site.
To log in to MyLO and access this unit, go to: http://www.utas.edu.au/learning-teaching-online .To
access the unit, select BMA341. These instructions will help you to log in for the first time.
For help using MyLO go to http://www.utas.edu.au/learning-teaching-online.
Technical requirements for MyLO
For help and information about setting up your own computer and web browser for MyLO, see:
http://uconnect.utas.edu.au/
While on campus, you can access the University network and MyLO via a laptop computer or other
mobile device. See: http://uconnect.utas.edu.au/uana.htm
MyLO can be accessed via Library computers and in computer labs on campus. See:
http://www.utas.edu.au/it/computing-distributed-systems/computer-labs-facilities-and-locations
For further technical information and help, contact the UTAS Service Desk on 6226 1818 or at
http://www.utas.edu.au/service-desk during business hours.
Learning to use MyLO
When you login to MyLO, you will see a unit called Getting Started with MyLO. Enter the unit to
learn more about MyLO and to practice using its features.
MyLO Expectations
1.
Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct across all modes of
communication, either with staff or with other students. Penalties may be imposed if the Unit
Coordinator believes that, in any instance or mode of communication, your language or
content is inappropriate or offensive. MyLO is a public forum. Due levels of respect,
professionalism and high ethical standards are expected of students at all times.
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2.
Submission of assessment tasks via MyLO presumes that students have read, understood and
abide by the requirements relating to academic conduct, and in particular, those requirements
relating to plagiarism. All work submitted electronically is presumed to be “signed-off” by the
student submitting as their own work. Any breach of this requirement will lead to student
misconduct processes.
3.
MyLO is an Internet service for teaching and learning provided by the University. It is
expected that you check your units in MyLO for updates at least once a day.
Using MyLO for BMA341
IMPORTANT! Before you are provided with access to your unit’s MyLO resources, you must
complete the Student Agreement form. To do this:
1. Access the unit’s MyLO site.
2. Locate the Begin Here folder and click on it to open it. You can find the Begin Here folder by
scrolling down until you see Content Browser OR by clicking on the Content button.
OR
3. Once you have opened the Begin Here folder, click on the Student Agreement file.
OR
4. Read the terms, then check the I agree box. You should now be able to access all available
unit content on MyLO. You only need to do this once in each MyLO unit.
Student Feedback via eVALUate
At the conclusion of each unit students will be asked to provide online responses to a number of
matters relating to the learning and teaching within that unit. All students are asked to respond
honestly to these questions, as all information received is used to enhance the delivery of future
offerings.
Changes to this Unit Based on Previous Student Feedback
N/A
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Details of Teaching Arrangements
Online Activities (Online details)
To successfully complete this unit, you should set aside time each week to read through/ listen to
the lecture slides, read any articles or other resources for that topic and complete the Weekly Tasks
located at the end of each set of slides.
You are also encouraged to test your comprehension regularly by taking the short quizzes located at
the end of each set of slides.
Learning Skills and Language Support (Other support details)
The Student Learning and Academic Development Team in the Student Centre works with all
students, domestic and international, to develop academic skills, literacy and English language skills.
More information can be found on this website http://www.utas.edu.au/student-learning/.
Communication, Consultation and Appointments
TO KEEP UP WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING THIS UNIT:
Check the MyLO News tool at least once every two days. The unit News will appear when you first
enter our unit’s MyLO site. Alternatively, click on the News button (towards the top of the MyLO
screen) at any time.
WHEN YOU HAVE A QUESTION:
Other students may have the same question as you. Please go to the Q&A Forum on our course’s
MyLO site. Check the posts that are already there – someone may have answered your question
already. Otherwise, add your question as a new topic. Students are encouraged to support each
other using this forum – if you can answer someone’s question, please do. I will attempt to respond
to questions within 48 business hours. If your question is related to a personal issue or your
performance in the unit, please contact me by email instead.
WHEN YOU HAVE AN ISSUE THAT WILL IMPACT ON YOUR STUDIES OR SUBMISSION OF AN
ASSESSMENT TASK:
Please contact me by email.
A NOTE ABOUT EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE:
You are expected to check your UTAS email (WebMail) on a regular basis – at least three times per
week. To access your WebMail account, login using your UTAS username and password at
https://webmail.utas.edu.au/.
You are strongly advised not to forward your UTAS emails to an external email service (such as Gmail
or Hotmail). In the past there have been significant issues where this has occurred, resulting in UTAS
being blacklisted by these email providers for a period of up to one month. To keep informed, please
use your UTAS email as often as possible.
*IMPORTANT* When I respond to a general question about the unit, I will post the question and my
response in the Q&A forum on the unit’s MyLo site. Please ensure you check this forum before
emailing me directly with a general enquiry; you might find the question has already been asked and
answered.
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I receive many emails. Be realistic about how long it might take for me to respond. Allow me at least
two (2) business days to reply. Staff are not required to respond to emails in which students do not
directly identify themselves, emails which are threatening or offensive, or emails that come from
external (non-UTAS) email accounts.
* I do NOT use the email facility in MyLO. Please email me directly at [email protected]*
Assessment
Assessment Schedule
In order to pass this unit you must submit all assignments and achieve an overall mark of at least 50%
of the total available marks. Details of each assessment item are outlined below.
Assessment Items
Due Date
Value/Weighting
Analysis of
contemporary issue
Negotiation exercise
Friday 1 August
10%
Monday 29 September
to Friday 3 October
Friday 3 October
30%
Outline:
Friday 17 October
Full paper:
Friday 31 October
40%
Negotiation journal
Research paper
20%
Link to Learning
Outcomes
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Learning Outcome 4
Assessment Item 1 – Analysis of contemporary issue
Task Description:
You will identify one (1) current industrial relations issue and analyse it with
reference to the concepts covered in Module 1.
Your analysis will be posted on MyLO.
References are not required.
Task Length
Maximum 750 words OR a 2 minute video presentation
Assessment Criteria:
Assessment criteria will be posted on MyLO from the commencement of
semester.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Due Date:
Friday 1 August
Value:
10%
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Assessment Item 2 - Negotiation exercise
Task Description:
You will negotiate an allocated industrial relations case over the course of
Week 11.
Cases will be provided and groups allocated on Monday 8th September.
The negotiation will be conducted via Skype or webconferencing in MyLO
and MUST be recorded.
Your recording/s will be submitted for assessment along with your
Negotiation Journal.
Task Length
You are required to negotiate for at least 45 MINUTES in total. This may be
spread over the course of the week.
Assessment Criteria:
Assessment criteria will be posted in MyLO from the commencement of
semester.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Due Date:
Monday 29 September to Friday 3 October
Value:
30%
Assessment Item 3 - Negotiation journal
Task Description:
You will describe and justify your negotiation strategy for the exercise
conducted in Week 11, with reference to relevant academic and other
sources.
You will submit an individual Negotiation Journal for assessment.
Task Length
Maximum 1500 words
Assessment Criteria:
Assessment criteria will be posted in MyLO from the commencement of
semester.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Due Date:
Friday 3 October
Value:
20%
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Assessment Item 4 - Research paper
Task Description:
You will identify an industrial relations issue of interest; frame a question and
scope the paper; identify appropriate research resources; and, write up the
research paper.
There are 2 parts to this assessment: Outline of your research question and
paper: due by email 17 October 2pm
Research paper: submit to MyLO 31 October 2pm.
You must submit an outline of your research question and paper in order to
be eligible to submit your final paper.
Task Length
Maximum 3000 words
Assessment Criteria:
Assessment criteria will be posted on MyLO from the commencement of
semester.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Learning Outcome 4
Due Date:
Outline:
Friday 17 October
Full paper:
Friday 31 October
Value:
40%
Submission of Assessment Items
Lodging Assessment Items
Assignments must be submitted electronically through the relevant assignment drop box in MyLO.
All assessment items must be handed in by 2.00pm on the due date. Where appropriate, unit
coordinators may also request students submit a paper version of their assignments.
All assignments must have a TSBE Assignment Cover Sheet, which is available as a blank template
from the TSBE website: [http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources]. All
assignments must include your name, student ID number, tutorial day/time, and your tutor’s name.
If this information is missing the assignment will not be accepted and, therefore, will not be
marked.
Please remember that you are responsible for lodging your assessment items on or before the due
date and time. We suggest you keep a copy. Even in ‘perfect’ systems, items sometimes go astray.
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Late Assessment and Extension Policy
In this Policy
1.
(a) ‘day’ or ‘days’ includes all calendar days, including weekends and public holidays;
(b) ‘late’ means after the due date and time; and
(c) ‘assessment items’ includes all internal non-examination based forms of assessment
2.
This Policy applies to all students enrolled in TSBE Units at whatever Campus or geographical
location.
3.
Students are expected to submit assessment items on or before the due date and time specified
in the relevant Unit Outline. The onus is on the student to prove the date and time of
submission.
4.
Students who have a medical condition or special circumstances may apply for an extension.
Requests for extensions should, where possible, be made in writing to the Unit Coordinator on
or before the due date. Students will need to provide independent supporting documentation
to substantiate their claims.
5.
Late submission of assessment items will incur a penalty of 10% of the total marks possible for
that piece of assessment for each day the assessment item is late unless an extension had been
granted on or before the relevant due date.
6.
Assessment items submitted more than five (5) days late will not be accepted.
7.
Academic staff do NOT have the discretion to waive a late penalty, subject to clause 4 above.
Academic Referencing and Style Guide
In your written work you will need to support your ideas by referring to scholarly literature, works of
art and/or inventions. It is important that you understand how to correctly refer to the work of
others and maintain academic integrity.
Failure to appropriately acknowledge the ideas of others constitutes academic dishonesty
(plagiarism), a matter considered by the University of Tasmania as a serious offence.
The appropriate referencing style for this unit is: the Harvard style. For information on presentation
of assignments, including referencing styles: http://utas.libguides.com/referencing
Review of Assessment and Results
Review of Internal Assessment
It is expected that students will adhere to the following policy for a review of any piece of
continuous/internal assessment. The term continuous/internal assessment includes any assessment
task undertaken across the teaching phase of any unit (such as an assignment, a tutorial
presentation, and online discussion, and the like), as well as any capstone assignment or take-home
exam.
Within five (5) days of release of the assessment result a student may request a meeting with the
assessor for the purpose of an informal review of the result (in accordance with Academic
Assessment Rule No. 2 Clause 22 – www.utas.edu.au/university-council/universitygovernance/rules). During the meeting, the student should be prepared to discuss specifically the
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marks for the section(s) of the marking criteria they are disputing and why they consider their
mark(s) is/are incorrect. The assessor will provide a response to the request for review within five (5)
days of the meeting.
If the student is dissatisfied with the response they may request a formal review of assessment by
the Head of School, with the request being lodged within five (5) days of the informal review being
completed. A Review of Internal Assessment Form must be submitted with the formal review
(http://www.studentcentre.utas.edu.au/examinations_and_results/forms_files/review_of_assessm
ent.pdf).
Review of Final Exam/Result
In units with an invigilated exam students may request a review of their final exam result. You may
request to see your exam script after results have been released by completing the Access to Exam
Script Form, which is available from the TSBE Office, or at the following link –
http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources. Your unit coordinator will
then contact you by email within five (5) working days of receipt of this form to go through your
exam script.
Should you require a review of your final result a formal request must be made only after
completing the review of exam script process list above. To comply with UTAS policy, this request
must be made within ten (10) days from the release of the final results (in accordance with
Academic Assessment Rule No. 2 Clause 22 – www.utas.edu.au/university-council/universitygovernance/rules). You will need to complete an Application for Review of Assessment Form, which
can be accessed from
www.studentcentre.utas.edu.au/examinations_and_results/forms_files/review_of_assessment.pdf.
Note that if you have passed the unit you will be required to pay $50 for this review.
The TSBE reserves the right to refuse a student request to review final examination scripts should
this process not be followed.
Further Support and Assistance
If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies or assessment items, have personal or lifeplanning issues, disability or illness which may affect your study, then you are advised to raise these
with your lecturer or tutor in the first instance.
If you do not feel comfortable contacting one of these people, or you have had discussions with
them and are not satisfied, then you are encouraged to contact:
DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
Name: Mr David Kronenberg
Room: 407, Commerce Building, Sandy Bay
Phone: 03 6226 2280
Email: [email protected]
Students are also encouraged to contact their Undergraduate Student Adviser who will be able to
help in identifying the issues that need to be addressed, give general advice, assist by liaising with
academic staff, as well as referring students to any relevant University-wide support services. Please
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refer to the Student Adviser listings at www.utas.edu.au/first-year/student-advisers for your
advisers contact details.
There is also a range of University-wide support services available to students, including Student
Centre Administration, Careers and Employment, Disability Services, International and Migrant
Support, and Student Learning and Academic Support. Please refer to the Current Students website
(available from www.utas.edu.au/students) for further information.
If you wish to pursue any matters further then a Student Advocate may be able to assist.
Information about the advocates can be accessed from www.utas.edu.au/governance-legal/studentcomplaints.
The University also has formal policies, and you can find out details about these policies from the
following link – www.utas.edu.au/governance-legal/student-complaints/how-to-resolve-a-studentcomplaint/self-help-checklist.
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Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism
Academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism, allowing another student to copy work for an
assignment or an examination, and any other conduct by which a student:
(a) seeks to gain, for themselves or for any other person, any academic advantage or advancement
to which they or that other person are not entitled; or
(b) improperly disadvantages any other student.
Students engaging in any form of academic misconduct may be dealt with under the Ordinance of
Student Discipline. This can include imposition of penalties that range from a deduction/cancellation
of marks to exclusion from a unit or the University. Details of penalties that can be imposed are
available in the Ordinance of Student Discipline – Part 3 Academic Misconduct, see
www.utas.edu.au/universitycouncil/legislation.
Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else’s thoughts, writings or
inventions and representing them as your own, for example:
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using an author’s words without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source;
using an author’s ideas without proper acknowledgment and citation; or
copying another student’s work.
It also means using ones’ own work from previously submitted assessment items if repeating a unit.
If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your assignments, please
consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines, and the academic integrity
resources on the web at http://www.academicintegrity.utas.edu.au/ The intentional copying of
someone else’s work as one’s own is a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from
a fine or deduction/cancellation of marks and, in the most serious of cases, to exclusion from a unit,
a course, or the University.
The University and any persons authorised by the University may submit your assessable works to
a plagiarism checking service, to obtain a report on possible instances of plagiarism. Assessable
works may also be included in a reference database. It is a condition of this arrangement that the
original author’s permission is required before a work within the database can be viewed.
For further information on this statement and general referencing guidelines, see
www.utas.edu.au/plagiarism/ or follow the link under ‘Policy, Procedures and Feedback’ on the
Current Students homepage.
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Study Schedule
Week
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Start of Week
Topic/s and activities
14 July 2014
21 July 2014
28 July 2014
4 August 2014
11 August 2014
18 August 2014
25 August 2014
Introduction to the study of IR
Different approaches to the employment relationship
The influence of culture on IR approaches: Australia, the UK, the US and Asia
Evolution of conflict theory: Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Mills
Industrial conflict: Causes and consequences
Bargaining
Fundamentals of negotiation: Strategy and planning
Mid-semester break: Monday 1 – 5 September
8
9
10
11
12
13
8 September 2014
15 September 2014
22 September 2014
29 September 2014
6 October 2014
13 October 2014
Negotiation sub-processes: Perception, cognition and emotion
Negotiation ethics
Advocacy
Negotiation exercise
Designing a major research project in IR
Contemporary IR issues
Examination Period: 25 October to 11 November 2014
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