Core Module Information
Module title: Labour Relations

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HRM11203
Module leader: Vaughan Ellis
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management


Description of module content:

The module develops your understanding and critical insight into the employment relationship and issues relating to the balance of power between different interest groups, as affected by changes both in the external context and the organisation of work. This enables you to develop knowledge and skills to evaluate management approaches to labour relations, recommend appropriate polices & practices, and make a contribution to the determination of organisational strategy in this area.

The module establishes a theoretical and practical framework for the critical analysis of labour relations, the political significance of issues and the impact of changing context on national trends and organisational practice. The development of new approaches to labour relations, in both private and public sectors and the influence of government on these, is of particular relevance. You will be involved in examining and analysing trends in labour relations practice and examining the role of management in the workplace, focussing on the contribution that effective management of labour relations makes to the achievement of key business objectives and organisational change. Consideration is also given to variations in national practice and the influence exerted on these by multinational companies. Key skills and competences are identified in developing policies and procedures, handling conflict (discipline & grievance, collective disputes), negotiation. The module explores the implications of developments in employment legislation and assumes some prior knowledge of UK Employment Law.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Analyse different perspectives on the employment relationship and critically evaluate theories of conflict and how to manage it.
LO2: Assess the contribution which effective management of labour relations makes to the achievement of key business objectives, enabling the development of key managerial skills.
LO3: Analyse the dynamics of the employment relationship (roles of parties, structures and processes) and the ways in which these are influenced by national and international context.
LO4: Evaluate alternative approaches to labour management and make recommendations appropriate to the needs of differing organisations

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Vaughan Ellis
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The LTA strategy will be supported by Moodle which provides direct access to learners to the University's virtual learning environment and information systems. Relevant knowledge and practice-based learning skills are developed through a mix of on-line and off-line learning media.
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which include a general introduction to the topic; guidance on how to work through the online module materials; core academic theory relating to the topic (which will include a link to the electronic textbook); a mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit which will help to engage you in the learning process. The online materials require you to reflect and share your work experiences and reflect upon these as much as possible within the learning materials and throughout assessments. You will be assigned to a discussion group and required to interact with fellow students via the VLE through discussion forums.

To support learning, you will have access to:
• A weekly ‘virtual office hour’ – module leaders will be available for synchronous contact
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
o A module introduction, including learning outcomes, summary of key learning points.
o Eleven units of learning - introductory unit, followed by eleven subject specific units
o Narrated PPTs, covering key learning points
o Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate)
o Case Studies with outline solutions provided (formative feedback)
o Online discussions instigated and moderated by the module leader
o Self-Assessment Questions (formative feedback)
o Reflective Exercises
o End of Unit Progress tests
o Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials
o Examples of assessments - & outline solutions
o A database of Frequently Asked Questions

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is available via the completion of the online exercises and case studies associated with this module.

Summative Assessment:
There is one component of summative assessment which comprises of 2 elements of work.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Seminar 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 188
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 90 1-4 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 5000
Report 10 All 14/15 HOURS= 05.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Contact your module leader