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Postgraduate Course: Managing Employment Relations (CMSE11548)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course introduces the management of employment relations as the study and practice of managing power relations between various stakeholders. In particular, we will examine (a) the role that the state, employers and workers play in managing this relationship: i.e. how they impose power to advance their interests and the strategies they use to facilitate cooperation; and (b) various issues or phenomena through which ER is managed.
Course description The course offers a critical exploration of the roles and interaction of key actors/stakeholders in systems of employment relations, including the state, employers and workers and, contemporary economic and cultural developments affecting their current policy postures and priorities. Against this stakeholder backdrop, the course aims to develop an informed understanding of key organisational phenomena that impact employment relations (such as technology, equality and diversity, well-being, and conflict).

Students will gain:
- knowledge and understanding of the chief stakeholders and the operations of power within the employment relation
- the ability to critically discuss current approaches to conflict and cooperation in employment matters
- insight into the practical and conceptual significance of change processes currently affecting the conduct of employment relations
- knowledge of key structures and constructs through with the employment relationship may be manage
- the ability to discern and comment critically upon the chief economic and ideological premises driving government and managerial approaches to employment relations

Outline Content

Introduction to ER
The role of organisations
The role of the state
The role of worker collectives
The Future of work
The possibilities for Well-being in ER
The possibilities for Equality and Diversity in ER
The possibilities for Conflict in ER

Student learning experience

Tutorial/seminar hours represent the minimum total live hours - online or in-person - a student can expect to receive on this course. These hours may be delivered in tutorial/seminar, lecture, workshop or other interactive whole class or small group format. These live hours may be supplemented by pre-recorded lecture material for students to engage with asynchronously.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 85 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% coursework (individual) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 1, 4

15% presentation (individual) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 3

35% coursework (group) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessments within agreed deadlines.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the chief stakeholder and issues of employment relations
  2. Evidence an understanding of how power is exercised, resisted and negotiated in the employment relation
  3. Critically discuss current managerial and policy approaches towards key employment matters
  4. Show insight into ethical and social considerations of employment relations issues and processes significance of change processes currently affecting the conduct of employment relations in the UK (and overseas)
  5. Exercise autonomy and initiative in collaborative contexts, thereby learning the skills necessary to act as a responsible stakeholder and participant in the context of work and life
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.

Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Work with a variety of organisations, their stakeholders, and the communities they serve -learning from them, and aiding them to achieve responsible, sustainable and enterprising solutions to complex problems.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Act with integrity, honesty and trust in all business stakeholder relationships, and apply ethical reasoning to effective decision making, problem solving and change management.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to
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Course organiserMs Kirstine Collins
Course secretaryMr Sean Reddie
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