Short Title:Employee Relations Practice
Full Title:Employee Relations Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MNGT H4008
 
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Management and administration
Module Delivered in no programmes
Reviewed By:Christine Nangle
Module Author:ERIC WHITSELL
Module Description:The module widens and deepens the student’s critical understanding of industrial/employee relations with particular emphasis on the competencies required to gain staff commitment to achieve an organisation’s goals and objectives, in particular when the interests of employer and employee have to be reconciled. It is also about developing the general management skills to develop a positive workplace, combined with the application of effective influencing and negotiation skills.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Contribute to setting the strategic direction for an organisation’s industrial/employee relations policy and practice
LO2 Critically discuss the patterns of collective bargaining and its determinants in the Irish Republic
LO3 Explain the substantive and procedural issues associated with individual grievance handling, discipline and the termination of employment
LO4 Explain the main forms/models of industrial democracy and employee involvement/participation currently in use.
LO5 Assist in the drafting of procedural and substantive agreements
LO6 Make a meaningful contribution to policy formation or policy changes on union recognition and collective bargaining arrangements.
LO7 Play a constructive part, as a member of a team, in the preparation for and in the process of formal negotiations
LO8 Give advice on grievance and disciplinary issues and assist in the conduct first stage disciplinary and grievance interviews
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The main element of continuous assessment involves an essay/project style assessment in which the student individually will be required to critique a recent or current development in Irish Industrial Relations. Students will be assessed on their ability to research the background and development of such a contemporary development as well as the degree of reflection and careful argument presented in their critique of the topic.   30.00 n/a
Presentation Student in groups of three/four members will deliver a presentation on a given topic as part of a seminar session for their fellow students on a selected contemporary industrial relations topic. The presentation will be assessed on the quality of research/investigation undertaken together with the ability of each presenter to deliver an effective presentation as part of a team effort   10.00 n/a
Other The learning outcomes requires that the student will be actively engaged throughout the module and as such will be assessed on an ongoing basis on his/her engagement with preparation for formative assignments, case study presentations, question/answer sessions, seminar discussions.   10.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination   50.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecturer provides overview of topic area, relevant theories and models, and latest research and practice. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning Critical analysis, discussion and reflection of case studies and empirical material. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Completion of prescribed reading, skills reflection/application exercises and advanced preparation for class. 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecturer provides overview of topic area, relevant theories and models, and latest research and practice. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning Critical analysis, discussion and reflection of case studies and empirical material. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Completion of prescribed reading, skills reflection/application exercises and advanced preparation for class. 7.00 Every Week 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Blyton, P., Heery, E., & Turnbull, P., [Editors] 2011, Reassessing the Employment Relationship, Palgrave.
  • Gennard, J., Judge, G.Bennett, A., and Saundry, R. 2016, Managing Employment Relations, 6th Edition Ed., CIPD London.
  • Kerr, Anthony 2015, Trade Unions and Industrial Relations Acts, Round Hall Dublin.
  • Rollins, D., and Dundon, T. 2007, Understanding Employment Realations, McGrawHill
  • Wallace, J., Gunnigle, P., and Mc Mahon, G.and Michelle O'Sullivan 2013, Industrial Relations in Ireland, 4th Edition Ed., Gill & Macmillan
Recommended Book Resources
  • D’Art, D., & Turner T 2002, Irish Employee Relations in the New Economy, Blackhall
  • Aylott, L. 2014, Employee Relations, Kogan Page
  • Burchell, F. 2014, Labour Relations, 4th Edition Ed., Palgrave Macmillan
  • Dibbins, P., Wood, G., and Klerck, G. 2011, Employee Relations: A Critical and International Approach, CIPD London.
  • Gunnigle P., et al [eds.] 2002, The John Lovett Lectures, Liffey Press
  • Hastings, T. 2008, The State of the Unions: Challenges facing Organised Labour in Ireland, Liffey Press
  • Hastings, T., et al [eds] 2007, Saving the Future: How Social partnership Shaped Ireland’s Economic Success,, Blackwell
  • Hyman, R., & Ferner, A. 1994, New Frontiers in European Industrial Relations, Blackwell
  • Salamon, M. 2000, Industrial Relations Theory and Practice, 4th Edition Ed., FT/Prentice Hall
  • Tower, B. 2004, Handbook of Employee Relations, Law & Practice, 4th Edition Ed., Kogan page
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Gunnigle, et al 2009, Subtle but deadly ? Union avoidance through "double breasting" among multinational companies, Advances in Industrial Relations and Labor Relations, 16, 15
  • Geary, J. 2015, Economic crisis , austerity and trade union responses: The Irish case in comparative perspective, European Journal of Industrial Realations, 1, 17
  • Geary, J. 2006, Employee Voice in ireland, Labour Relations Review, 1, 19
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Roche, W.K., and Teague, P. 2014, Do recessions transform work and employment, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52 (20), 26
This module does not have any other resources