Faculty of Business and Economics

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation


Ms Carolyn Sutherland


Not offered in 2016


The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills relating to the legal principles which underpin contemporary human resource management issues. It includes consideration of such matters as recruitment and selection, contract of employment issues, performance appraisal, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination, termination of employment, remuneration, rewards and employee benefits, employee health and safety and related HRM issues. The unit takes a practical approach to these matters and focuses specifically on practical case studies and decisions of the Courts and Tribunals.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify a wide range of legal issues affecting the human resources practitioner
  2. illustrate the practical implications of the law in the area of human resources management by identifying emerging issues in the media, the workplace and the case law
  3. apply the legal principles from relevant cases to hypothetical scenarios involving human resources management issues
  4. evaluate the principles underlying employment laws and assess the law's impact on the employment relationship.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (take-home): 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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