Module Title:Industrial Relations
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various IR scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this subject is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to manage more effectively the Employer-Employee relationship. Learners should demonstrate knowledge regarding the institutions, stakeholders, processes, legislation and developments surrounding the current Industrial Relations context in Ireland.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe and critically evaluate a theoretical understanding of Industrial Relations
LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of Industrial Relations law and seminal Industrial Relations Case Studies
LO3 Analyse and critically evaluate the role of the Stakeholders in the context of Irish Industrial Relations
LO4 Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the prevention and management of Organisational Conflict
LO5 Describe and critically evaluate Social Partnership and Workplace Partnership as an approach to Industrial Relations
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
An Introduction to Industrial Relations
The nature of Industrial Relations. The context of Industrial Relations. The role of Theory in Industrial Relations.
Industrial Relations Legislation
The Industrial Relations Act 1990. Key Industrial Relations Case Studies.
The Institutional Framework of Industrial Relations
The Labour Relations Commission. Rights Commissioners. The Labour Court. Current Developments and Issues.
Trade Unions
The nature, role and structure of Trade Unions. The opportunities and challenges facing the Trade Unions. Current Developments and Issues.
Employer Associations
The nature, role and structure of Employer Associations. The opportunities and challenges facing Employer Associations. Current Developments and Issues.
Organisational Conflict
The nature of Organisational Conflict. Styles of managing Organisational Conflict. Theoretical understanding of Organisational Conflict. Current Developments and Issues.
Industrial Action
The nature of Industrial Action. Seminal Case Studies of Industrial Action. Strikes.
Social Partnership
The nature of Social Partnership. The history of Social Partnership. The future of Social Partnership.
Workplace Partnership
The nature of Workplace Partnership. The requirements of Workplace Partnership. The future of Workplace Partnership.
Current Industrial Relations Issues
The complexities of the Irish Industrial Relations landscapes. The future approach to Industrial Relations in Ireland.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other In class examination (term 1) 1,2 15.00 Week 12
Project Group/individual project and presentation (term 2). 1,2,3,4,5 15.00 Week 22
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Time Every Week 5.50
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BRLMB_B Bachelor of Business(Honours) in Management 4 Elective