HRM08014 2016 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
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Colette Armstrong, Caroline Casey, John McNamara, Mary Gilmartin, Karen McManus, Jimmy Treacy
Programme Membership
SG_BBUSI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business L8 (Ab-initio) SG_BHRMS_K08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in HRM Stream (Add-on)

The Industrial Relations module is designed to help the student develop a conceptual understanding of industrial relations theories and institutions. Its goal is to provide the student with skills to put these ideas and theories into practice. 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 government intervention in industrial relations


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 final examination and a range of continuous assessments including written assignment and MCQs.

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

Rights Commissioner

WRC Inspector

Industrial Relations Officer (Conciliation)

Adjudication Officers of the Workplace Relations Commission



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 UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop Flat Classroom Group 2 hour block 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013-04-26 Industrial Relations in Ireland Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN 0717143813 ISBN-13 9780717143818

A concise overview of contemporary Irish Industrial Relations, reflecting the changed economic, legislative, social and political environments in Ireland today. * Provides all the main contextual issues and theoretical perspectives, combined with details on institutions, to promote an informed view of this subject. * Presents a historical and international context, allowing for an apprecaition of industrial relations processes, law and practice. * Highlights the Croke Park Agreement, new employment legislation and trade union law amendments, and features and analyses all current industrial relations developments. * Includes comparative material, which gives context to the nature and development of the contemporary Irish system of industrial relations. * Provides guidance on key skills for managing people, including negotiation skills and skills for conducting disciplinary and grievance interviews. * Presents a balanced and comprehensive treatment of contentious topics, and uses case studies to provide context and engage debate. Written For: Industrial Relations or Human Resource Management courses at third level Institute of Professional Development courses Industrial relations practitioners

Recommended Reading
2007-07-25 An Introduction to Collective Bargaining & Industrial Relations McGraw-Hill/Irwin
ISBN 0073137154 ISBN-13 9780073137155

Authored by a well-respected team in labor relations, "An Introduction to Collective Bargaining & Industrial Relations, 4/E" covers key topics in industrial relations and collective bargaining using a unique conceptual framework based on the three levels of industrial relations activity (strategic, functional, and workplace). Two extensive, class-tested mock-bargaining exercises are included. International and comparative labor relations are both integrated throughout and receive full chapter treatment. No other textbook provides such a thorough treatment of international/global issues. Numerous examples are provided in the text and in boxes that include coverage on recent strikes, collective bargaining negotiations, and other contemporary collective bargaining events. The authors relate in a direct and clear fashion how concepts can be used to help understand current events.

Recommended Reading
2011-02-01 Understanding Employment Relations McGraw Hill Higher Education
ISBN 0077127412 ISBN-13 9780077127411

This is the ideal resource for students who need to gain a thorough understanding of contemporary issues and the practical skills needed for the workplace. Tony Dundon and Derek Rollinson clearly guide readers through the multitude of factors - economic, social, psychological and legal - that shape contemporary employment relations and management practice. Their student-friendly approach provides exercises, case studies and reflective questions - plus a wealth of additional resources online - designed to help readers think critically and apply their knowledge to real-world situations.

Recommended Reading
2013-09-21 Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy Routledge
ISBN 0415686636 ISBN-13 9780415686631

"Employment Relations" is widely taught in business schools around the world. Increasingly however more emphasis is being placed on the comparative and international dimensions of the relations between employers and workers. It is becoming ever more important to comprehend todays work and employment issues alongside a knowledge of 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.

This textbook is the first to present a cross-section of country studies, including all four BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India and China alongside integrative thematic chapters covering all the important topics needed to excel in this field. The textbook also benefits from the editors' and contributors' experience as leading scholars in Employment Relations.

The book is an ideal resource for students on advanced undergraduate and postgraduate comparative programmes across areas such as Employment Relations, Human Resource Management, Political Economy, Labour Politics, Industrial and Economic Sociology, Regulation and Social Policy.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Industrial Relations in Ireland: Wallace, J, Gunnigle, P, McMahon, G (2013) Gill and Macmillan

An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations:(2007) Katz and Kochan, :-:-#160::::McGraw Hill

Understanding Employment Relations: Dundon, T and Rollinson, D (2011). Mcgraw-Hill

Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy. Freege, J and Kelly, J (2013) Routledge

Employee Reward. Perkins, S :-:-amp:::: White, G. (2008) CIPD

Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, 13th edition:Armstrong, M. (2014) Kogan Page.

Human Resource Management. Gunnigle, P, Heraty, N, Morley, M (2011). Gill :-:-amp:::: Macmillan.

Human Resource Management at work (5th ed). Marchington, M :-:-amp:::: Wilkinson, A. (2012). CIPD

Industrial Relations Theory :-:-amp:::: Practice. Colling, T :-:-amp:::: Terry, M (2010). Wiley

Strategy and Human Resource Management, Third Edition: Palgrave :-:-amp:::: MacmillanBoxall P., Purcell J. (2011),

Strategic HRM: Research and Practice in Ireland, Harney, B., Monks, K. (eds) (2014) : Orpen Press.

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
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
Labour Court
Human Right and Equality
Health & Safety Authority
Society for Human Resource Management (US)


Other Resources


Additional Information

Lecturer: Jimmy Treacy

Office: B1085