HRM08015 2022 Employee Relations

General Details

Full Title
Employee Relations
Transcript Title
Employee Relations
N/A %
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, Karen McManus, Mary Gilmartin, 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)

This module examines the nature of employee relations incorporating conflict resolution strategies, collective bargaining, dealing with disputes; negotiating and monitoring employee behaviour.


Learning Outcomes

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


Utilise conflict resolution strategies


Negotiate at advanced level


Differentiate between bargaining levels, scope and units


Devise and implement involvement and participation practices


Design grievance and disciplinary procedures

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 Employee 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 employee relations skills. These relevant case studies are used to bring the material to life.


Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed by a final examination and a written assignment 

Repeat Assessments

All failed elements of assessment may be repeated.

Indicative Syllabus

Conflict Resolution

  • Conflict resolution skills and strategies

Collective Bargaining

  • Bargaining scope, units and levels

Negotiating skills

  • Phases in negotiations
  • Roles in negotiations

Employee Involvement

  • Participation and Involvement

Discipline and Grievance Handling

  • The disciplinary procedure
  • Rules in employment
  • Disciplinary hearing
  • Grievances in the workplace 


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Assignment Project Assignment 50 % Week 11 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Year 1,2,3,4,5

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
Recommended 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.

Recommended 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

Core Text: 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

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
Public Appointments Service
Irish Academy of Management (an association of academics focused on research and teaching in management studies)
International Labour Organization
National Centre for Partnership and Performance
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
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Employment Appeals Tribunal
Labour Court ph.
Equality Authority
Health & Safety Authority
Society for Human Resource Management (US)

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

People management - the magazine of the CIPD
CIPD in Ireland

Other Resources
Additional Information

Lecturer: Jimmy Treacy

Office: B1085