HRM08014 2022 Industrial Relations

General Details

Full Title
Industrial Relations
Transcript Title
Industrial Relations
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Subject Area
HRM - Human Resource Management
BUS - Business
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Colette Armstrong, Caroline Casey, Mary Gilmartin, Karen McManus, Aileen Brennan, Jimmy Treacy
Programme Membership
SG_BBUSI_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business SG_BHRMS_K08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business with Human Resource Managment (Add-on)

The Industrial Relations module is designed to help the student develop a conceptual understanding of industrial relations theories and institutions. Key techniques and processes to improve efficiencies and effectiveness are fully examined from the perspective of managers, workers and trade unions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify key elements in industrial relations


Evaluate the nature of dispute resolution and wage setting institutions


Determine the historical advancement of trade unions and employer associations in Ireland


Appraise collective industrial relations law

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will contain a mixture of lecture and tutorial format as well as practical components.

A traditional classroom is used for teaching purposes for the delivery of Industrial Relations. The learning environment is designed to foster a shared sense of ownership and responsibility for the learning and development. At the beginning of the semester the participants are issued with a detailed module curriculum which includes the module learning outcomes, a class schedule, the necessary reading material and the assignment briefing document and marking criteria. Participants also have access to Moodle, the Institute’s Virtual Learning Environment. In addition the learners participate in practical sessions using case studies and will develop specific industrial relations skills. These relevant case studies are used to bring the material to life.


Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed by a range of continuous assessments including written assignment, presentation and MCQ

Repeat Assessments

All failed elements of assessment may be repeated.

Indicative Syllabus

Industrial Relations Model in Ireland

Framework of industrial relations in Ireland

Collective Industrial Relations Law

The Industrial Relations Act 1990

The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015

The Constitution and Industrial Relations

The Institutional Framework of Industrial Relations

Workplace Relations Commission

Labour Court

Roles in Industrial Relations

Employer Association

Trade Union

WRC Inspectorate

Employee Voice




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Tests Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Written Report Individual Continuous Assessment Assignment 60 % Week 11 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop/Seminar Flat Classroom Group 2 hour block 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Reading 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2020 Industrial Relations in Ireland
ISBN 1910393290 ISBN-13 9781910393291
Required Reading
2020 Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy
ISBN 1138683027 ISBN-13 9781138683020

Employment Relations is widely taught in business schools around the world. However, an increasing emphasis is being placed on the comparative and international dimensions of the relationships between employers and workers. It is becoming crucial to consider today's work and employment issues alongside the dynamics between global financial and product markets, global production chains, national and international employment actors and institutions, and the ways in which these relationships play out in different national contexts. Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy meets this need by presenting a cross-section of country studies, including the UK, Germany, the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, China and South Africa, alongside integrative thematic chapters covering essential topics such as theoretical approaches, collective representation and employment regulation. This second edition benefits from: Careful updates to theory and real-life developments A new chapter on employment relations in Italy Fuller treatment of topics such as labour migration, gender and discrimination, global value chains and corporate governance A more logical ordering of chapters, with globalization issues appearing earlier This textbook is the perfect resource for students on advanced undergraduate and postgraduate comparative and international programmes across areas such as employment relations, industrial relations, human resource management, political economy, labour politics, industrial and economic sociology, regulation and social policy.

Required Reading
2020-11-24 Human Resource Management at Work Cipd - Kogan Page
ISBN 1789664888 ISBN-13 9781789664881

Providing all the research, models and theory needed for an HR masters degree and the examples and context necessary to excel as an HR professional.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Industrial Relations in Ireland: Wallace, J, Gunnigle, P, McMahon, G (2020) Gill and Macmillan

Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy. Freege, J and Kelly, J (2020) Routledge

Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, 14th edition:Armstrong, M. (2020) Kogan Page.

Managing Employment Relations, Bennett, Saundry, Fisher. (2020) CIPD

Human Resource Management in Ireland. Gunnigle, P, Heraty, N, Morley, M (2020). Gill and Macmillan.

Human Resource Management at work, The definitive Guide. Marchington, M, Wilkinson, A. (2020). CIPD


Journal Resources

Full text Journals available on Library Databases:

Business Source Premier Database

Human Resource Management Review

Human Resource Management Journal

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Human Resource Planning

Human Resource Development International


Emerald Database

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal

Human Resource Management International Digest

Journal of Management Development

Journal of Managerial Psychology

Industrial Relations News

European Journal of Industrial Relations

URL Resources



Central Statistics Office

Economic and Social Research Institute
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (European Industrial relations Observatory on-line)
Eurostat (source of social and economic statistics on EU)
Industrial Relations News
Enterprise Ireland
Irish Academy of Management (an association of academics focused on research and teaching in management studies)
International Labour Organization
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union
Irish Business and Employers Confederation
Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Workplace Relations Commission
Labour Court
Human Right and Equality
Health & Safety Authority
Society for Human Resource Management (US)


Other Resources