Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

The units of study listed in the following table are those available for the current year. Students may also include any units of study, which are additional to those currently listed, which appear under these subject areas in the Business School handbook/website in subsequent years (subject to any prerequisite or prohibition rules).

Table of postgraduate units of study: Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Students must complete 60 credit points in units of study comprising:
(i) 24 credit points in foundation and advanced core units of study
(ii) a 6 credit point capstone (core) unit of study; and
(iii) 30 credit points in elective units of study.

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Students must complete 36 credit points in units of study comprising:
(i) 24 credit points in foundation and advanced core units of study; and
(ii) 12 credit points in elective units of study.

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Students must complete 24 credit points in units of study comprising:
(i) 24 credit points in foundation and advanced core units of study.

Units of study for these courses

Core units of study

(i) Foundation (all courses)
The foundation unit is designed to be taken at the commencement of the course.
WORK5002 Foundations of HRM and IR

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2hr lecture and 1x 1hr tutorial per week Assessment: tutorial facilitation and reflections (20%); final exam (40%); research essay (30%); tutorial attendance (10%)
Note: This is the foundational unit for the graduate Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations program and should be taken in a student's first semester of study.
The unit provides an integrated overview of the social, legal, psychological, ethical and strategic dimensions of human resource management (HRM) and industrial relations (IR). The learning content develops broad and deep knowledge in a select number of topical HR and IR issues and links these to a real-world context. As such the unit provides students with the essential preparatory knowledge and skills to build an intellectual foundation for the suite of subsequent core and elective units in HRM and IR available in the program.
(ii) Advanced (all courses)
WORK6010 HR Data Insights

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2h workshop/week commencing week 2, 1x 1h lecture/week Assessment: participation (10%); group report (20%); individual report (20%); individual presentation (10%); final exam (40%)
Note: This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses.
This unit introduces students to evidence-based HR and some of the different ways in which data can be used to make insightful, informed, and effective evidence-based business decisions. The unit begins with an introduction to some of the basics of data analysis before looking at examples of how data can be used to provide meaningful insights in a range of different HR functions. The weekly workshops and class assignments provide students with the opportunity to develop their analytic and communication skills to turn data into insights, which is crucial for evidence-based HR.
WORK6017 Human Resource Strategies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour seminar/tutorial Prerequisites: WORK5002 or WORK5003 Assessment: presentation (20%); group report (20%); essay (20%); final exam (40%)
Note: This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses.
This unit examines the theoretical foundations of strategic human resource management and then critically analyses the empirical evidence related to a range of HR strategies deployed in contemporary workplaces, both in Australia and internationally. In doing so, the unit explores the issues underpinning emerging HR strategies, their implementation and the outcomes experienced within the organisation and the wider environment. The HR strategies studied involve those that focus on managing a contemporary workforce and may include human resources strategies associated with: the management of front line workers, teams, non-standard forms of employment, job quality and work-life balance, and gender and diversity at work, for example.
WORK6040 Emerging Challenges in Industrial Relations

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 1h lecture + 2x 1h workshop Prerequisites: WORK5002 Assessment: individual reflections (20%); group report (20%); group presentation (10%); individual presentation (10%); final exam (40%)
Note: This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses.
This unit focuses on contemporary and emerging challenges in the world of work and employment. Adopting a primarily industrial relations lens, the unit explores the impact of key trends and disruptions (incl. technological advancements, demographical changes, climate change, etc. ) on work and employment in Australia and beyond; assessing the implications for societies, organisations, managers, and workers. The unit engages with the work and employment questions of today and tomorrow and further seeks to develop relevant workplace competencies, including negotiation skills.

Capstone unit of study (Master's degree only)

The capstone unit draws on all the units completed and thus is undertaken at the end of the degree. The capstone unit is only available to students enrolled in the Master's degree.
WORK6034 HRM and IR in Action

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 3 hour seminar/tutorial per week Prerequisites: minimum of 36 credit points Prohibitions: WORK6031 Assessment: presentation (20%), assignment (40%), final exam (40%)
Note: This is the capstone unit for the Master of Human Resource Management and Industiral Relations and should be taken in a student's final semester of study..
This unit examines the emergence, significance and challenges associated with applied human resource management and industrial relations within contemporary organisations. In doing so, the unit brings together and consolidates theories, practices and debates associated with human resource management and industrial relations, whilst drawing on both Australian and international examples to illustrate the current and future imperatives central to human resource management and industrial relations.

Elective units of study

The following units are available to all students:
IBUS6002 Cross-Cultural Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x 3hr lecture/seminar per week Assessment: tutorial participation (10%); culture report presentation (10%); mid-semester test (20%); case study debate(30%); final exam (30%)
An understanding of cultural differences and how to manage such differences is critical to effective management in international and multi-cultural business environments. The aim of this unit is to provide conceptual frameworks and evidence from practice that will develop an understanding of the ways in which cultures differ, how these differences can impact on management, and how cultural issues can limit organisational effectiveness. Major topics include the significance of culture in international management, the meaning and dimensions of culture, comparative international management and leadership styles, managing communication across cultures, ethics and social responsibility in global management, cross-cultural negotiation and decision-making, forming and managing global teams, and developing the international and global manager.
IBUS6005 Ethical International Business Decisions

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 3-hour seminar per week from week 1 to week 13 Assessment: Group assignments (40%), final exam (30%), and individual assignments (30%)
In order to succeed in international business, both corporations and individuals need broad decision-making abilities. Business decision-making tools yield more coherent and justifiable results when used with an understanding of the ethical, social and environmental aspects of the process. This applies to various situations in the international business setting including business relations with government, customers, employees, and NGOs. This unit is designed to look at these non-financial elements in the decisions made within the international business context. Upon completion of this unit, students will have enhanced skills and knowledge relevant to the understanding of ethical issues and ethical decisions making in international business organisations.
QBUS6320 Management Decision Making

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3hrs of classes (lecture/tutorial) per week Prerequisites: QBUS5001 or QBUS5002 Assumed knowledge: Basic Algebra, Probability, and Statistics Assessment: assignment 1 (25%), assignment 2 (25%), final exam (50%)
This unit introduces models and tools for decision analysis and their application in managerial settings. The unit focuses on the use of formal decision methods for management decisions in business. The main goal is to show how these decision models can improve the decision process by helping the decision maker to understand the structure of decisions; use subjective probabilities for measuring risk; analyse the sensitivity of decisions to changing decision parameters; quantify outcomes in accordance with risk attitudes, and estimate the value of information. Special attention is paid to informal interpretations of formal decision approaches.
WORK6001 Organisational Analysis and Behaviour

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 3 hour seminar/tutorial per week Assessment: presentation (20%), essay (40%), final exam (40%)
This unit introduces students to the behaviour of people when acting as members of an organisation. The aim of the unit is to provide an understanding of the processes and structures that influence organisational behaviour, by drawing on ideas from psychology, sociology, management and anthropology. Topics covered include: personality and the self; learning and socialisation; motivation and commitment; group behaviour and dynamics; organisational design and boundaries; organisational culture, change and leadership.
WORK6002 Strategic Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1a,Semester 2 Classes: Semester 1a: Intensive - TBA; Semester 2: 1 x 3hr seminar/tutorial per week Assessment: seminar-based assessment (20%), case study assessment (40%), final exam (40%)
The aim of this unit is to introduce the concept of strategy and explain its role in the management of organisations. The unit thus traces the development of strategic management as a field and examines different approaches to strategic management. WORK6002 introduces students to the classical strategy process of strategic analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation. This involves learning about and working with a range of strategy models and tools that can be used in the strategic management of organisations. In particular, a range of case studies is used to explore the practical application of these tools. The unit also critically examines traditional views of strategy by introducing a range of current debates in the strategy field.
WORK6012 Industrial Relations Policy

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive October Classes: Intensive - TBA Assessment: presentation (30%), end of unit quiz (20%), policy essay (50%)
The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the policy debates in employment relations with an emphasis on laws, institutions and social processes. It combines theoretical and historical understandings of employment relations in Australia with a detailed examination of the current policies and strategies of the key employment relations players and the role of the state. Topics covered include: the regulatory framework, state and federal governments policies, union policy, employer policy, the practices of Australia's industrial tribunals and responses to current challenges, such as the quest for improved productivity and greater flexibility. Overarching themes include individualisation and decentralisation of employment relations policy in Australia and whether there are more suitable alternatives.
WORK6018 International Industrial Relations

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive May Classes: Intensive Assessment: class participation (10%); tutorial presentation (10%); major assignment (40%); final exam (40%)
This unit provides students with insights into the debate about the effect of globalisation on employment relations by using comparative analysis to identify the range of factors that account for similarities and difference in national patterns of industrial relations. The unit focuses on providing an understanding of the nature of industrial relations patterns in developed and developing market economies and invites students to compare a range of developments across these countries.
WORK6026 Organisational Change and Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 3 hour seminar/tutorial per week Assessment: assignment 1 (35%), assignment 2 (15%), presentation (10%), final exam (40%)
This unit seeks to develop diagnostic and prescriptive skills in relation to the management of organisational change while also encouraging the adoption of a critical perspective of the field. Part 1 (Organisational Change and the Nature of Organisations) introduces the fields of organisational change, explains its relevance to organisation performance and strategy and examines key change management models. Part 2 (Diagnosis and Intervention) examines the utility of key organisational change models and techniques and identifies factors that may impact on the effectiveness of the change management process. Part 3 (Key Areas of Intervention) analyses the application of organisational change practices and initiatives to a number of specific organisational issues.
WORK6030 Performance and Rewards

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2b Classes: Intensive Assessment: participation (10%), tests (20%), assignment (40%), final exam (30%)
This unit examines the processes and practices associated with contemporary performance and reward management. Results-based, behaviourally-based and competency-based methods of performance management are examined, along with processes of performance review, planning and developing. Coverage of reward management issues includes: job- and person-based approaches to building base pay structures; methods for rewarding individual performance; work group incentives such as gainsharing, goal-sharing and team pay; methods of rewarding employees for organisational performance, including employee share ownership; and performance-related rewards for executives. The unit also examines approaches to developing strategically integrated performance and reward management systems.
WORK6100 Disruptions and Innovations in HRM

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1hr tutorial each week, 1.5 hour lecture every 4 weeks (4 in total) and weekly online lectures (video podcasts) Assessment: participation (10%); individual research essay (30%); final exam (40%); group assignment (20%)
This unit of study examines emerging issues and trends in HRM, most particularly disruptive technologies; and the values that shape organisational decisions. It analyses how these changes are impacting HR capabilities, people management and workforce capacity. Students learn about the opportunities and challenges of disruptions in HR through practical examples of: HR digitalisation and workplace technology; new models of organisational engagement with stakeholders; and contemporary innovation through best practice case study examples.
WORK6111 Management Consulting

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2a Classes: Intensive Assumed knowledge: Knowledge is assumed in the areas of basic business strategy and organisational change. It is recommended that students enrolling in this Unit will have completed either or both of the following or similar Units: WORK6026 Organisational Change and Development, WORK6002 Foundations of Strategic Management. Assessment: seminar introduction (10%), seminar paper (30%), seminar participation (inc in-class exercise) (20%), and exam (40%)
This unit explores the role, influence and activities of management consultants in Australia and overseas. It examines management consultants as developers and disseminators of knowledge and practice and their role as change agents. The main management themes covered in the subject include: the consulting industry in Australia and overseas; consultant roles and the consultant-client relationship; consultants and organisational change; knowledge intensive firms and the management of expertise; the diffusion of management knowledge and fashion in a global economy; consulting as an occupation and career; managing a consultancy.
WORK6115 Managing Diversity and Inclusion at Work

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive September Classes: intensive: 6 days, 9am - 5pm Assessment: facilitation (15%), assignment 1 (10%), assignment 2 (30%), participation (5%), final exam (40%)
This unit examines the ways in which organisations manage a heterogeneous workforce and the legal and ethical issues associated with the management of workforce diversity. While drawing on international literature in the field, the primary focus is on the Australian experience, including the so-called 'program' approach and the complaint mechanism found in the anti-discrimination statutes. As well as encouraging the development of diagnostic and prescriptive skills in diversity management, students also have the opportunity to develop a critical perspective on the growing literature in this field.
WORK6116 Employment and the Law

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 2hr lecture and 1x 1hr tutorial per week Assessment: presentation (20%), essay (30%), final exam (40%), tutorial participation (10%)
Note: This unit is not available for students enrolled in the Master of Labour Law Relations
This unit of study examines the legal framework with respect to labour relations in Australia. In particular, it examines the scope of workplace law, the employment relationship, the Federal-State division of legislative power in industrial relations, the industrial arbitration systems, courts, tribunals, agreements and awards as well as discrimination and termination of employment. Current developments in the law and politics of the systems will be referred to throughout the course.
WORK6118 Managing Communication in Organisations

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1a Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture and 2 x 2hr seminars over 6 weeks Prohibitions: ECOF6030 or ECOF6040 Assessment: individual report (20%); team project - part 1: team report (15%); team project - part 2: team presentation (15%); tutorial participation(10%); final exam (40%)
In this unit, students learn theories of communication and how they apply within organisations, at an organisational, team and individual level. In the unit, we review the concept of communication through different theoretical and philosophical lenses so that students gain an understanding of how different perspectives provide different insights into communication within organisations. The unit also examines communication processes and how communication occurs between individuals and within groups. There is also a focus on communication challenges such as technology, diversity and globalisation. The unit incorporates practical exercises and case studies to enable students to evaluate their own communication practices and to apply the knowledge and understanding they gain from the unit to their own organisations and careers.
WORK6120 Research Essay

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Supervision Assessment: research essay (100%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Available only to students who have achieved 75% or better in at least four WORK (or equivalent) units studied; and have the Discipline's permission to take the unit.
This unit provides high-performing students with the opportunity to undertake supervised reading and research for a major essay of 5,000 words on an approved topic of special interest in work and organisational studies. The unit centres on supervised individual reading and research rather than on class-based teaching and learning. Enrolment is limited to students who (a) have achieved 75% or better in at least four WORK (or equivalent) units studied; and (b) have the Discipline's permission to do so. Approval is subject to supervisor availability. Students contemplating enrolment in this unit must first seek approval from the Work and Organisational Studies Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator. Approval will depend on the nature of the proposed essay topic and the availability of appropriate supervisory expertise.
WORK6130 Leadership in Organisations

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1hr lecture and 1x 2hr tutorial per week Prohibitions: ECOF5807 or ECOF6090 Assessment: presentation (30%), assignment (30%), final exam (40%)
This unit is designed to encourage students to consider the role and significance of leadership in various organisational contexts. The unit introduces the major streams of leadership theory and traces the development of our understanding about leadership. The unit explores how these theories allow us to understand leadership in practice and in what ways leadership is linked to different aspects of organisational effectiveness. It then examines the 'good, the bad, and the ugly' sides of leadership, e.g. positive forms (transformational, charismatic) and negative forms (narcissistic and Machiavellian). The unit explores leading for diversity and diversity in leadership (e.g. based on gender, culture and ethnicity) and the role of leaders in constituting ethical and socially responsible organisations. The critical role of leaders in effecting organisational change is explored and the leadership of top management teams and leadership succession is examined. The unit also examines leadership development programs and instruments and students have an opportunity to reflect on factors that might influence their own leadership style.
The following units are only available to students in the Master's degree:
BUSS6104 Business Practicum

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2 hours weekly tutorials Prerequisites: Completion of at least 48 credit points Assumed knowledge: A sound understanding of business and strong written and oral communication skills. Assessment: project proposal (15%); mid-way reflection (25%); digital presentation (30%); report - key findings (30%)
The Business Practicum offers students an opportunity to interact with a sponsor organisation (e.g., corporate, SME, NFP, government) while working on a project provided by it that requires a specific outcome by the end of the semester. The project examines the sponsor's current activities, challenges and future aspirations. While undertaking the unit, participants research the issues presented by the project and determine its scope and key deliverables in consultation with the sponsor. This process enables students to apply theoretical knowledge learned in class, where it is useful, and critically analyse data found during research to provide possible solutions to the problems identified. The final stage is communicating the key outcomes via a written report to the sponsor at the end of the project. Additionally, for the duration of the project, students are expected to reflect on how they have developed as an individual and as part of a team as a means of developing a professional identity that highlights their distinctive self and to consider their own personal employment strategies while building professional networks.
BUSS6500 Industry Placement

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 9 hours of pre-placement workshops; 210 hours internship; 2 hour debrief workshop. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 48 credit points with a minimum credit average (60%) Prohibitions: ECOF6500 Assessment: Performance objectives (0%), report (70%), presentation (30%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Permission is required to enrol in this unit. Contact the Careers and Employability Office for details: business.placements@sydney.edu.au.
This unit is available to outstanding students completing the Master of Commerce, Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, and Master of Professional Accounting program. It involves a professional placement with a business, government, or non-government organisation. It includes preparatory coursework in reflective, professional practice and report writing. Assessment includes a reflective journal and professional report and presentation based on the internship placement. Permission is required to enrol in this unit. Further information and application process is outlined at http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/opportunities/industry_placement_program
BUSS6503 USA Industry Placement

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February Classes: Pre-placement workshops; internship Prerequisites: Completion of at least 48 credit points with a minimum credit average (60%) Assessment: performance objectives (10%); leadership in ethics practice module (0%); reflective learning entries (25%); presentation (30%); report (35%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Further information and application process is outlined at http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/opportunities/industry_placement_program.
This unit is taken by students accepted into the U.S.A. Industry Placement Program while they undertake a professional placement with a business, government or non-government organisation that has a particular focus on business interests. It includes preparatory coursework in reflective learning, professional practice and concurrent coursework on research methods, report and other professional writing skills. Assessment includes reflective learning and research report writing related to the work placement all based on the placement and international work and study experience.
BUSS6504 Europe Industry Placement

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: Pre-placement workshops; internship Prerequisites: Completion of at least 48 credit points with a minimum credit average (60%) Assessment: performance objectives (10%); leadership in ethics practice (0%); reflective learning entries (25%); presentation (30%); reflective report (35%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Permission is required to enrol in this unit. Contact the Careers and Employability Office for details: business.placements@sydney.edu.au.
This unit is taken by students accepted into the Europe Industry Placement Program while they undertake a professional placement with a business, government or non-government organisation that has a particular focus on business interests. It includes preparatory coursework in reflective, professional practice and concurrent coursework on study project reports and other professional writing skills. Further information and application process is outlined at http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/opportunities/industry_placement_program
BUSS6506 China Industry Placement

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February Classes: 9 hours of pre-placement workshops; 210 hours internship; 2 hour debrief workshop Prerequisites: Completion of at least 48 credit points with a minimum credit average (60%) Assumed knowledge: To enrol in this unit students must be Mandarin speakers and have the right to work in China. Assessment: performance objectives (0%), reflective journal entry (20%), presentation (30%), report (50%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Permission is required to enrol in this unit. Contact the Careers and Employability Office for details: business.placements@sydney.edu.au.
This unit is available to students accepted into the China Industry Placement Program while they undertake a professional placement with a business or a government organisation that has a particular focus on business interests. It includes preparatory coursework in reflective, professional practice and concurrent coursework on research methods, report and other professional writing skills. Assessment includes a reflective journal, a research report related to their work placement, and an oral presentation on the internship placement and international work and study experience. Further information and application process is outlined at http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/opportunities/industry_placement_program
BUSS6514 Industry Self-Sourced Placement

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 5 hours preparation workshop; 210 hours internship; 1 x 2 hours debrief workshop Prerequisites: Completion of at least 48 credit points. Assumed knowledge: A sound understanding of business and strong written and oral communication skills Assessment: performance objectives (0%); self reflection (1) (25%); self reflection (2) (25%); critical reflective report (50%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is available to outstanding students and involves a self-sourced professional placement with a business, government, or non-government organisation. It includes preparatory coursework in reflection learning, professional practice and report writing.
BUSS6515 Leadership and Collaboration Study Tour

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December Classes: Week 1: 4x2 hour preparation workshops. Weeks 2-5: 9am-5pm full-time, in country program. Week 6: 1x2 hour presentation session, 1x2 hour debrief session. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 24 credit points with a minimum WAM of 50%. Assumed knowledge: A sound understanding of business and strong written and oral communication skills. Assessment: pre-tour self-reflection and goals statement (15%); daily reflective journal (20%); final presentation (40%); post-tour self-reflection and goals statement (15%); engagement (10%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: For further information contact business.placements@sydney.edu.au
This unit is a study tour where students develop leadership, collaboration, and communication skills as they work between Australia and China to design a solution to a business challenge. This intensive program gives students the opportunity to experience and employ leadership, collaboration, and communication skills as they apply their business knowledge to understand, dissect, recommend and reflect on issues and challenges cognisant of the China business culture. To do so, students are given the opportunity to navigate new business networks thus developing the confidence to make business decisions and a body of work attractive to employers in China and Australia. As a part of this, students gain first-hand leadership skills as each is given an opportunity to lead the class as a potential solution to a problem is developed in a complex business environment.