Undergraduate unit of study descriptions

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WORK – Work and Organisational Studies

WORK1003 Foundations of Work and Employment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Semester 1: Associate Professor Rae Cooper; Semester 2: TBA Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour tutorial hour per week Assessment: quiz (10%), participation (10%), mid-semester (20%), final quiz (20%), and essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This is the compulsory unit of study for the Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management major.
This unit draws on concepts from industrial relations and human resource management to examine the interests and strategies of workers, unions, managers, employers and the state. It explores the relationships between these parties as they seek to manage their environments and workplaces and to exercise control over each other. The unit enables students to understand how and why the organisation, regulation and management of work are changing in Australia and globally. As well as providing an introduction to all aspects of the study of the employment relationship, this is the foundation unit for a major in industrial relations and human resource management.
WORK2201 Foundations of Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Oliver Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour tutorial hour per week Prerequisites: 24 credit points of junior units of study Prohibitions: WORK2001, IREL2001 Assessment: participation (10%), quiz (20%), essay (40%), and final quiz (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This a compulsory unit of study for the Management major.
This unit serves both as a stand-alone unit for students who wish to obtain an overview of management methods and approaches and as the basis of study for advanced and specialised undergraduate units listed in the Management major. It examines management as a process of planning, organising, leading and controlling the efforts of organisational members and discusses how recent trends such as globalisation, economic change and the effects of new technology have led to profound changes in how organisations are managed. It explores these issues with respect to both large and small, public and private, and domestic and foreign organisations.
WORK2203 Industrial Relations Policy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Marian Baird Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1hr tutorial hour per week Prerequisites: 24 credit points of junior units of study including (WORK1003 or WORK1002) Prohibitions: WORK2003 Assessment: short essay (20%), major essay (40%), quiz (30%), and class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This is the compulsory unit of study for the Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management major.
The aim of this unit of study is to provide an understanding of the institutions and processes engaged in the regulation of work and labour markets. At times of intense change and debate such as today, it becomes all the more important to develop understandings of industrial relations policy which are intellectually rigorous; that is, which are evidence-based, theoretically-explicit and historically-informed. This unit is framed by these considerations. Particular topics may include: the development of policy; the nature of regulation; state and federal government policies; arguments for change; the influence of lobby groups; employer and union strategy; work-family debates and policies; the working of tribunals and courts; dispute settling procedures; the development of wage determination; the outcomes and implications of policy change.
WORK2205 Human Resource Processes

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Diane van den Broek Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1hour tutorial per week Prerequisites: 24 credit points of junior units of study including (WORK1003 or WORK1002) Prohibitions: WORK2005 Assessment: Academic Honesty Module (0%); Tutorial Facilitation (20%); In-class multiple choice quiz (20%); Major assignment (30%); Final exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This is the compulsory unit of study for the Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management major.
Building on the foundational coverage of Human Resource Management (HRM) issues and concepts provided in WORK1003, this unit provides an advanced understanding of key HRM concepts, processes and practices, including the employee psychological contract; engagement, motivation and satisfaction; recruitment and selection; learning and development; career planning and development; mentoring and coaching, performance management; reward management; high involvement management, employee wellbeing; HRM and ethics; international HRM; and HRM system evaluation and change. The unit's 'micro'/psychological focus is designed to complement and support the 'macro'/strategic focus taken in the advanced elective unit WORK2211 Human Resource Strategies.
WORK2210 Strategic Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1hour tutorial hour per week Prerequisites: 40 credit points worth of units of study Prohibitions: WORK2010 Assessment: mid-term quiz (30%), tutorial group discussion (10%), tutorial group paper (20%), case study assignment (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This is the compulsory unit of study for the Management major.
The aim of this unit is to critically examine the concept of strategy in the management of organisations. It examines different approaches to strategy and strategic management and traces the development of strategic management as an academic discipline. It takes students though the classical strategic management process as it is presented in most textbooks and it also introduces students to a range of current debates in strategic management. This unit can be taken as a stand alone introduction to strategy or as part of a broader program of study in management.
WORK2217 International Human Resource Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Dimitria Groutsis Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour tutorial hour per week Prerequisites: 40 credit points worth of units of study including either (WORK1003 or WORK1001) OR (IBUS2101 or IBUS2001) Prohibitions: WORK2017 Assessment: tutorial participation (15%), tutorial facilitation (15%), short essay (15%), major assignment (35%), and exam (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit considers the opportunities and challenges associated with managing employees in international and cross-cultural contexts, with specific emphasis on international recruitment, selection, preparation, placement, management development, performance management, reward and remuneration in the international, multi-national and trans-national corporation. Within the context of global labour markets, the unit considers the implications of internationalisation and globalisation for human resource management (HRM), the difference between domestic and international HRM, and the challenges of cross-cultural management. This unit will provide students with a theoretical understanding of IHRM and cross-cultural management, as well as a practical understanding of the issues and challenges associated with managing employees in international, global and cross-cultural contexts.
WORK2218 Managing Organisational Behaviour

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Helena Nguyen Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour tutorial hour per week Prerequisites: 24 junior credit points Assessment: individual case study (30%), group presentation (15%), individual group work reflection (25%), and exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This is the compulsory unit of study for the Management major.
This unit aims to give students the ability to understand how organisations operate. As an introductory organisational behaviour unit, it covers key debates across a range of social science disciplines including business, management, psychology, sociology, and communication studies. Key topics explored include power, control, networks, and organisational culture.
WORK2219 Managing Organisational Sustainability

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour tutorial hour per week Prerequisites: 40 credit points worth of units of study Assessment: individual reflection (15%), individual essay (25%), poster (25%), exam (25%), and tutorial attendance and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Managing organisational sustainability is critical to for effective, contemporary managers. This unit focuses on how to conceptualise and to practice sustainability in its broadest sense. Topics covered include the ethical aspects of management and organisational practice, corporate social responsibility, governance models in organisations and managing in diverse environments. Students will be encouraged to enhance their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of management and the impact of organisations on stakeholders including staff, government and community.
WORK2221 Organisational Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anya Johnson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 2hr lecture and 1x 1hr tutorial per week Prerequisites: 40 credit points worth of units of study Assessment: Tutorial attendance & Participation (10%), communication analysis report (30%), Team Case Analysis & Presentation (25%), and final exam (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Communication is integral to many organisational processes; for instance, effective planning, decision-making, negotiation, conflict management, change management and leadership all rely upon effective communication by organisational actors. At the same time, organisational communication has become more complex due to increasing levels of diversity in the workplace and an increasing reliance on emergent and rapidly changing communication technologies. Drawing on communication research models, theories and case studies, the unit will provide students with insight into how to manage the complexities of contemporary organisational communication. The unit will focus primarily on internal organisational communication and will examine communication processes at various levels: interpersonal (dyadic), group and organisation.
WORK2222 Leadership in Organisations

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Eric Knight Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour tutorial hour per week Prerequisites: 40 credit points worth of units of study Assumed knowledge: WORK2201 or WORK2218 Assessment: Group Assessment (30%), Case Studies (30%) and final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Leadership is increasingly seen to be a key factor affecting the performance of contemporary organisations and is an important area of study in the fields of management and organisational behaviour. While leadership principles are often associated with the work of senior management, they also have potential application to all members of organisations. This unit explores conventional and alternative perspectives on leadership and also examines the practice of leadership in diverse organisational contexts. Practitioner perspectives, experiences and case studies of business leaders are also presented. The unit builds on foundational units of study in Management, IR and HRM and International Business.
WORK2224 Globalisation, Work and Employment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Bradon Ellem Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2 hr lecture and 1x 1hr tutorial per week Prerequisites: 24 credit points of junior units of study including WORK1003 Prohibitions: WORK2223, WORK2214 Assessment: Participation (10%), short essay (20%), major essay (30%), exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines the way in which the internationalisation of economic activities impacts on the nature of employment, jobs and regulation across different countries and regions. It considers how economic development in different countries has contributed to the growth of particular employment arrangements. It focuses in particular on the country specific interplay between economics, politics, and society which has contributed to the development of particular employment regulatory regimes. Further, it maps economic changes on a global scale identifying international economic forces, agents and political arrangements and seeks to highlight pressures and tensions on employment arrangements that result from these global interactions.
WORK2225 Work and Social Change

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Wescott Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour tutorial hour per week Prerequisites: 24 credit points of junior units of study including WORK1003. Prohibitions: WORK2202, WORK2220, WORK2204 Assessment: tutorial participation (15%), tutorial facilitation (15%), essay (30%), and exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How people relate to work and organisations changes with the society around it. The aims of this unit are to analyse the way contemporary work has changed through three significant themes/modules. The first theme or module analyses how social change has shaped the nature of work and identity at both collective and individual levels. The second theme examines how institutions outside work, such as the interface of work and family, and unpaid work shapes contemporary work and business. The third module analyses remote and borderless work in Australia and overseas. Each of these modules will culminate in a workshop that debates the contemporary and future implications of these transformations within and around work, business and society.
WORK2227 Regulation at Work

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour tutorial hour per week Prerequisites: 24 credit points of junior units of study including WORK1003 Prohibitions: WORK2208, WORK2207 Assessment: Case study (30%), Seminar presentation (20%), Seminar participation (10%), Exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines the regulatory framework that exists around paid work in Australia. It examines the development of employee and employer rights and responsibilities through the employment contract and labour law. It focuses on both individual and collective regulation of work in Australia paying particular attention to the industrial sphere, as well as health and safety and discrimination. Both the aim and purpose of industrial regulation and the impact of this regulation on workplace relations is analysed.
WORK3922 Organisational Research Methods

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jane Lê Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 3 hour seminar per week Prerequisites: 40 credit points worth of units of study Prohibitions: IREL3902, WORK3902 Assessment: Research Question & Justification 1,500 words (25%) Interview Design & Conduct (15%) Questionnaire Design & Conduct (15%) Methods Section 3,000 words (35%) Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is assessed using a research portfolio which may include some of the following elements: theoretical framing, formulating a research question, interview exercise, questionnaire development, writing a methods section, and presenting findings. Participation is a critical part of the course and also assessed.