Contemporary Issues In Employee Relations and Employment Law | Abertay University

Contemporary Issues In Employee Relations and Employment Law


Contemporary Employee Relations is designed for students studying contemporary issues in managing the employment relationship in complex settings.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : a detailed knowledge of the role and interplay of a range of institutions and processes involved in managing the employment relationship

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.   Identify the evolving developments in employee relations and the role of the various parties involved in the management of employee relations

2.  Critically appraise the process, patterns and outcomes of employee relations

3.  Analyse the interplay of arrangements shaping the employment relationship: Skills, practice and policy-making

4.  Explain the core principles that underpin employment law and equal opportunities as they apply in the UK and advise about the appropriate action that should be taken in workplace scenarios where emplo

Indicative Content

1 Overview of employee relations

From managing industrial relations to the management of employee relations: Nature of employee relations; theoretical approaches to employee relations; the economic context of employee relations

2 Employee relations: the role of parties and institutions

Management control and the labour process; Managerial strategies in employee relations: policies and procedures; The role of HR strategies in employee relations

3 Employee Relations: Patterns, processes & outcomes

Bargaining arrangements; employee involvement strategies; employee relations approaches in non-union workplaces

4 Employment Relationship: Skills, practices and policy

Negotiating and negotiation skills; Discipline and grievance incorporating individual employment law; managing diversity; unfair dismissal, redundancy and employment tribunals

5 Employment Law and Equal Opportunities

Current and future developments in UK employment law and equal opportunities legislation; The key principles that underpin UK and EU employment law and equal opportunities legislation and their impact within the workplace on managers and employees.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Class contact will alternate between lecture, tutorial and seminar-style work, with lectures providing key input on concepts and contexts, and tutorial and seminar-style work involving students in group activities, presentations and case study analysis and discussion. Assessment units are designed to develop students' analytical and research skills, give opportunity for the application of tools and concepts, and address learning outcomes as specified. The Innovation and Global Growth Week is an integral part of postgraduate study at Dundee Business School. Students, in multi-disciplinary teams, will take part in a series of intensive interactive organisational facing full-day workshops which focus on 'live case' problem solving and the development of innovative solutions.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 28
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 118
Assessment 40
Independent 0

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.