BAM 6007 Work and Employer Relationships

FdSc Business Management

BAM 6007 Work and Employer Relationships


MODULE GUIDE

Bolton Business School

Contents
  1. Overview.. 3

  2. Learning and Teaching Strategy. 3

  3. Module Communications. 3

  4. Module Description.. 3

  5. Learning Outcomes and Assessment 4

  6. Assessment Deadlines. 4

  7. Assignment feedback. 3

  8. Module Calendar 6

  9. Formative Assessment 6

  10. Indicative Reading: 7

  11. Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of Assignments: 8

  12. Procedures for Examinations. 10

  13. General Assessment Criteria Level HE6. 11

  14. Assessments. 12


 
  1. Overview

Module Tutor:

Room:                                   CF07

Email:                                    

 

Level:                                     HE6

Credits:                                 20

Module Pre-requisites:     None

 

2.  Learning and Teaching Strategy


The module is delivered in a two and a quarter hour session for 14 weeks with  additional individual tutorial time. To complete the module successfully you must also allocate a substantial amount of independent study time.

 

Most sessions comprise a formal lecture of approximately 60 minutes and a seminar. Time will be built into the programme to allow you to have individual tutorials in which you have the opportunity to discuss your progress on the module with your Module Tutor.Revision sessions are scheduled for week 13 and in the final week an examination will take place.

 

3.  Module Communications


 

Your Module Tutor will normally aim to respond to your email messages within 2working days of receipt; however responses will be longer in holiday periods.

 

4.  Module Description


The nature of the employment relationship is consistently contested within UK and international employing organisations with critical implications for work and labour management. This module therefore aims to develop your knowledge and conceptual understanding of the labour process its implications in managing the employment relationship at the macro (national Government policy), meso (industrial relations) and micro (workplace) levels. Within this context, the module will enable you to critically analyse and evaluate the roles and responsibilities of major stakeholders (e.g. Governments, employers, trade unions) in influencing the employment relationship. You will also learn about the different mechanisms (e.g. employment relations policies; industry/ organisational practices) that various stakeholders adopt in their efforts in sustaining the employment relationship and of their underpinning challenges. The module aims to explore these aspects from national and international perspectives. The module also expects you to use your initiative in evaluating different employment relations issues within the workplace. The module therefore raises awareness of the practical challenges that management experience in managing the employment relationship within contemporary workplaces.


 

This module provides you with an introduction to the key theoretical constructs in examining the nature of the events industry. The module builds on the historical development of events and provides an overview of the key concepts which underpin events management from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

 

Within the programme of study a critical framework from which you base further study is developed and the promotion of an independent, active approach to learning is cultivated to encourage you to become an effective learner. This module provides you the student with the underpinning knowledge of the essential operational practices needed to support the infrastructure of the events industry.

 

5.Expected Learning Outcomes and Assessment










BAM4101 Learning Outcomes 

Assessment

 
Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the major theoretical approaches underpinning the employment relationship, enabling its management within a meso, micro and macro-level context.Assignment
Within this context, the module will enable you to critically analyse and evaluate the roles and responsibilities of major stakeholders (e.g. Governments, employers, trade unions) in influencing the employment relationship.  Assignment
Evaluate the practical challenges that managers experience in managing the employment relationship within the contemporary workplace.Exam Case study
Present recommendations to a set of employment relations issues in a given organisation.  Exam Case study
 

6.Assessment

 












Assessment item



Submission Date



Weight


 
1Report analysing the roles of stakeholders in managing the employment relationship within a UK context28November 201650%
 

2
A response to an Employment relations case study completed under examination conditions17 January 201750%


 

7. Assignment feedback


Feedback on items of assessment can be formal (such as on a signed feedback form) or informal (such as advice from a tutor in a tutorial). Feedback is therefore not just your grade or the comments written on your feedback form, it is advice you get from your tutor and sometimes your peers about how your work is progressing, how well you have done, what further actions you might take.

 

We recognise the value of prompt feedback on work submitted. Other than in exceptional circumstances (such as might be caused by staff illness),you can expect your assignment work to be marked and feedback provided not less than three working weeks from the date of submission. However, please note that that such feedback will be provisional and unconfirmed until the Assessment Board has met and may therefore be subject to change.

 

 

8. Module Calendar


 












































































 

Week
 

Week Commencing
 

BAM4101Topic
 

Seminar Activity
 Tuesday 20September 2016Course InductionCase study on Amazon
1Tuesday 27 September 2016

 
Background to Industrial relations 
2Tuesday 4 October 2016StakeholdersCase Study on analysing a business’s stakeholders
 

3
Tuesday 11 October 2017Macro Employment Policy (national Government policy), meso (industrial relations) and Micro (workplace) levelsDistribution of Assignment 1
 

4
Tuesday 18 October 2016Management and the Board of Directors 
 Tuesday 25 October 2017Reading Week 
 

5
Tuesday 1 November 2016The role of Trade Unions and collective bargaining and negotiationArticle on role of unions, etc.
 

6
Tuesday 8 November 2016Role of the EUSeminar paper on the role of the EU
 

7
Tuesday 15 November 2016Employment Law and its impact on industrial relationsPreparation for assignment submission
 

8
Tuesday 22 November 2016The role of women in the workplaceCase study on maternity rights Assignment 1 submission
 

9
Tuesday 29 November 2016London and its employment challengesLondon focussed case study
 

10
Tuesday 6 December 2016Diversity in the WorkplaceDiscussion on BIS report
 

11
Tuesday 13 December 2016Current Industrial Relations  - NHS etcHandout of Exam Case Study
  Christmas Holidays 
12Tuesday 3 January 2017Sustainable employment and current employment challengesArticle on current employment issues on employment sustainability
13Tuesday 10 January 2017Exam preparation 
14Tuesday 17 January 2017Examination 
15Tuesday 24 January 2017Resits and feedback 


 

9.  Formative Assessment


 

Formative assessment is an important aid to learning.  It is designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform development.  It can be used to identify any areas which would benefit from extra attention on your part, or extra support from your tutor.  It does not contribute to the overall formal assessment for the module.

 

Informal formative assessment is provided in this module through:

 
  • Induction – Introductory diagnostic hand-written assessment

  • Group activities and discussion

  • Tutorial (Group & Individual) feedback on assessment drafts

  • Group tutorial revision sessions in preparation for examination

  • IT and research skills workshops

 

 

10..  Indicative Reading:

Blyton, P., and Turnbull, P., (eds) (2004) The Dynamiccs of Employee Relations, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

Buchanan, D., and Huczynski, 7th Edition,(2010)  Organizational Behaviour, Pearson London.

Colling T and Terry M.,(eds.)  (2010) Industrial Relations 3rd Edition, Chichester Wiley

Gennard, J., and Judge G., 5th Edition (2010) ‘Employee Relations’ London, CIPD,

Mullins, L.,  (2013), Managing Organisation Behaviour 10th Edition, Pearson, Harlow

Rollinson, D and Dundon, T., (2011) Understanding Employment Relations, McGraw Hill London

TUC., Your Rights at Work: Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Job,Kogan Page, London


Williams, S (2014) Introducing Employment Relations 3rd Edition, OUP Oxford

Whetten, D., Cameron, K. S. (2011). Developing Management Skills. 8thGlobal Edition. London: Pearson.

 

E-Resources





Academy of Management Review (e-journal)
European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology (e-journal)
Human Relations (e-journal)
Journal of Organizational Behaviour (e-journal)
Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology (e-journal)
 

11. Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of Assignments:


 
  1. Assignments should be word-processed in Arial 12 point font, be double-spaced, on A4 size paper. Writing should appear on only one side of the paper, be fully justified and with each page being numbered in the footer, numbering to be centred.


 
  1. There should be a title page detailing the programme, module title, assignment title, student number, marking Tutor and date of submission. Do not put your name on the assignment. It is good practice to put your student number in the top left hand side of the header of each page, and the date of submission in the top right.


 
  1. If there is a word count limit for your programme please include the following text:


Word Count: You are expected to revise and edit your assignment to remain within +/- 10% of the indicative word length outlined. In order to ensure that word counts can easily be checked you should include a note of the word count as identified by your word processing package.  A deduction should be made from this figure for all tables, figures, quotations, appendices and references which DO NOT count towards the overall word limit.

 

Students who exceed a specified indicative word lengthfor a written assignment will be subject to the following penalty system:

 
  • Up to 10% over the specified indicative word length= no penalty


 
  • 10 – 20% over the specified indicative word length = 5 marks subtracted (However if the assignment would normally gain a pass mark, then the final mark will be not be less than 40%).


 
  • More than 20% over the indicative word length = maximum 40%.

 

Assignments shorter than the indicative word length will not have marks deducted (even if these are more than 10% short). However, it is likely to be an exceptional piece of work that covers the assignment requirements fully in much less than the set word count, less 10%.

 
  1. All written work must be referenced using the Harvard System, full details of which are available from the UOBLibrary website.


  2. Unless otherwise notified by your Module Tutor, electronic copies of assignments, saved as a Word document, should be uploaded to the Moodle area for this module. Your Tutor will explain the process.  If you experience problems uploading your assignment to the designated area, then you must forward an electronic copy as an attached to your Module Tutor, by the due deadline.  The time you send the email with your assignment as an attachment, will evidence the time the assessment was submitted.


  3.  

    Please note when you submit your assignment to the Moodle for this module, it will automatically be checked for evidence of plagiarism as part of the process.

     

    Submission of assessments may be done on or before the published submission date. Assignments not available at this time will be considered as “late” unless an extension has been previously agreed, with the Programme Leader for your programme.

     

    Students who fail to submit assessments by the specified date (without an extension being granted or without accepted Mitigating Circumstances) will be subject to the following penalties:

     
    • Up to 7 calendar days late = 10 marks subtracted but if the assignment would normally gain a pass mark, then the final mark to be no lower than the pass mark for the assignment.


     
    • More than 7 calendar days late = 1 mark will be awarded.


     

    Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that the assignment is submitted in the format/s specified in the Module Guide or on the Assessment Brief.

     

    YOU SHOULD ALWAYS ENSURE YOU KEEP A COPY OF ANY ASSIGNMENT SUBMITTED BY WHATEVER METHOD

     
    1. In the case of exceptional and unforeseen circumstances, an extension of up to 14 days after the assessment submission deadline may be granted by your Programme Leader, following firstly discussing the problem with the Module Tutor.  You should complete an Extension Request Form available from your Tutor and attach documentary evidence of your circumstances, prior to the published submission deadline.


     

    Requests for extensions for periods longer than 14 calendar days must be made using the Mitigating Circumstances procedures.

     

    Please note that the failure of data storage systems is not considered to be a valid reason for an extension. It is therefore important that you keep multiple copies of your work on different storage devices before submitting it.

     

    Please refer to the Assessment Regulations for further details:

     

    12.  Procedures for Examinations


     
    1. Examinations are normally held during Week 14. Examination timetables are posted on the Bolton Moodle area for this module well in advance of the examination period.


     

           It is essential that you note the dates of any examination, including resit examinations and ensure that you are available to take them. 

     

    Please note that we do not accept holiday bookings as a legitimate reason for missing an examination.

     
    1. Examinations take a variety of forms. Some may be traditional closed book format; some may use a case study which you are given in advance. Some may allow you to use textbooks or notes during the examination. Please ensure you check the format of your examination in advance.


     
    1. It is important that you prepare fully for examinations. Revision slots are indicated on your module calendar.Failure to attend these and other timetabled sessions will seriously jeopardise your success in examinations.


     
    1. You will need to check the room location and equipment requirements in advance. Please ensure that you reach the examination room at least 15 minutes prior to the timetabled start. You will need to bring with you your Student Identity Card, as proof of your identity.  Failure to supply your identify cards could result in you not being allowed to take your examinations.


     
    1. Students whose English is a second language may take a hard-copy pocket language dictionary into the examination. Large dictionaries and electronic dictionaries are not permitted.


     

    If you require any special examination arrangements to be made, please ensure that Disability Service is made aware of this
    1. General Assessment Guidelines Level HE6


     










































































     RelevanceKnowledgeArgument/AnalysisStructurePresentationWritten EnglishResearch/Referencing
    Class I
    (Exceptional

    Quality)
    85-100%

     

     

     

     
    Directly relevant to title.

     

    Expertly addresses the assumptions of the title and/or the requirements of the brief.

     
    Demonstrates an exceptional knowledge/understanding of theory and practice for this level.

    Demonstrates the ability to expertly identify and critically appraise the most important issues, themes and questions.

    Demonstrates originality in conceptual understanding.
    Makes exceptional use of appropriate arguments and/or theoretical models.

    Presents an exceptional critical evaluation of the material results in clear, logical and insightful conclusions.

    Demonstrates distinctive or independent thinking.
    Coherently articulated and logically structured.

     

    An appropriate format is used.
    The presentational style & layout is correct for the type of assignment.

     

    Effective inclusion of figures, tables, plates (FTP).
    An exceptionally well written answer with standard spelling and grammar.

    Style is clear, resourceful and academic.

     
    Sources accurately cited in the text.

     

    An extensive range of contemporary and relevant references cited in the reference list in the correct style.
    Class I
    (Excellent

    Quality)
    70-84%

     

     

     
    Directly relevant to title.

     

    Addresses the assumptions of the title and/or the requirements of the brief.

     
    Demonstrates an excellent knowledge/understanding of theory and practice for this level.

    Demonstrates the ability to identify and critically appraise the most important issues, themes and questions.
    Makes creative use of appropriate arguments and/or theoretical models.

    Demonstrates some distinctive or independent thinking.

    Presents an excellent critical evaluation of the material results in clear, logical and illuminating conclusions.
    Coherently articulated and logically structured.

     

    An appropriate format is used.
    The presentational style & layout is correct for the type of assignment.

     

    Effective inclusion of figures, tables, plates (FTP).
    An excellently written
    answer with standard spelling and grammar.

    Style is clear, resourceful and academic.

     
    Sources accurately cited in the text.

    A wide range of contemporary and relevant references cited in the reference list in the correct style.
    Class II/i
    (Very Good Quality)
    60-69%Directly relevant to title.

    Addresses most of the assumptions of the title and/or the requirements of the brief.
    Demonstrates a very good knowledge/understanding of theory and practice for this level.

    Demonstrates the ability to identify and critically appraise key issues, themes and questions.
    Uses sound arguments or theoretical models.

    Presents a sound critical evaluation of the material resulting in clear and logical conclusions.
    Logically constructed in the main.

     

    An appropriate format is used.
    The presentational style & layout is correct for the type of assignment.

    Effective inclusion of FTP.
    A very well written answer with standard spelling and grammar. Style is clear and academic.

     
    Sources accurately cited in the text and a wide range of appropriate references cited in reference list in the correct style.
    Class II/ii
    (Good Quality)
     

    50-59%
    Generally addresses the title/brief, but sometimes considers irrelevant issues.Demonstrates a good knowledge/understanding of theory and practice for this level through the identification and critical appraisal of some key issues, themes and questions.Presents largely coherent arguments. Evidence of attempted analysis and critical evaluation, with some descriptive or narrative passages.

    Conclusions are fairly clear and logical.
    For the most part coherently articulated and logically structured.

    An acceptable format is used.
    The presentational style & layout is correct for the type of assignment.

    Inclusion of FTP but lacks selectivity.
    Competently written with minor lapses in spelling and grammar. Style is readable and academic in the main.

     
    Most sources accurately cited in the text and an appropriate reference list is provided which is largely in the correct style.
    Class III
    (Satisfactory Quality)
    40-49%Some degree of irrelevance to the title/brief.

     

    Superficial consideration of the issues.
    Demonstrates an adequate knowledge/understanding of theory and practice for this level. An attempt is made to critically appraise some key issues, themes and questions.Presents basic arguments, but focus and consistency lacking in places.
    Issues are vaguely stated.

    Descriptive or narrative passages evident which lack clear purpose. Conclusions are not always clear or logical.
    Adequate attempt at articulation and logical structure.

    An acceptable format is used.
    The presentational style & layout is largely correct for the type of assignment.

    Inappropriate use of FTP or not used where clearly needed to aid understanding.
    Generally competently written although intermittent lapses in grammar and spelling pose obstacles for the reader.

    Style limits communication and is non-academic in a number of places.
    Some relevant sources cited.

     

    Some weaknesses in referencing technique.
    Borderline

    Fail
     

    35-39%


    Significant degree of irrelevance to the title/brief.

    Onlythe most obvious issues are addressed at a superficial level and in unchallenging terms.
    Demonstrates weaknesses in knowledge of theory and practice for this level. Key issues and themes not identified or appraised.

     
    Limited argument, which is descriptive or narrative in style with little evidence of analysis. Conclusions are neither clear nor logical.Poorly structured.

     

    Lack of articulation.

    Format deficient.
    For the type of assignment the presentational style &/or layout is lacking.

    FTP ignored in text or not used where clearly needed.
    Deficiencies in spelling and grammar makes reading difficult.

    Simplistic or repetitious style impairs clarity.

     

    Style is non-academic.
    Limited sources and weak referencing.
    Fail 

    <34%


    Relevance to the title/brief is intermittent or missing.

     

    The topic is reduced to its vaguest and least challenging terms.
    Demonstrates a lack of basic knowledge of either theory or practice for this level, with little evidence of understanding.Inadequate arguments and no analysis.

    Descriptive or narrative in style with no evidence of critique.

    Conclusions are sparse.
    Unstructured.

     

    Lack of articulation. Format deficient
    For the type of assignment the presentational style &/or layout is lacking.

    FTP as above.
    Poorly written with numerous deficiencies in grammar, spelling and expression.

    Style is non-academic.
    An absence of academic sources and poor referencing technique.
     
    1. Assessments

     

    Assessment Number 1:           Report (50%)

     

    Assessment Title:                     Stakeholders

     

    Assessment Length:                2500 words

     

    Submission Deadline:              28 November 2016

     Learning Outcomes:


     


    LO1 Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the major theoretical approaches underpinning the employment relationship, enabling its management within a meso, micro and macro-level context.

     
    LO2: Within this context, the module will enable you to critically analyse and evaluate the roles and responsibilities of major stakeholders (e.g. Governments, employers, trade unions) in influencing the employment relationship.
    Assignment Help

    Assignment Brief:

    Selecting a business of your choice, (it is suggested that you choose a substantial sized organisation (plc, large public sector body or charity):
    • analyse and evaluate the roles of two key stakeholders who are involved in managing the employment relationship within that organisation.

    • identify and analyse some of the key current challenges experienced by stakeholders when managing employment relations within the business under discussion

    Secondary Research Level HE6 - It is expected that the Reference List will contain between fifteen to twenty sources. As a MINIMUM the Reference List should includethreerefereed academic journals andfouracademic books.

    Specific Assessment Criteria (for general assessment criteria please refer to page 18 and 9  of the Module Guide)

    First class 70+%: The essay will be of a high (excellent) standard. It will provide a excellent knowledge and understanding of the different roles of two key stakeholders and their involvement in managing the employment relationship within the context of the UK employing organisation. The essay will also make high quality analysis of the links between how the different roles of these stakeholders may impact on employment relations within different UK employing organisations. Referencing and research will be excellent and used throughout to support your arguments.

    Upper Second class 60-69%: The Essay will be of a good standard. It will provide a very good knowledge and understanding of the different roles of two key stakeholders and their involvement in managing the employment relationship within the context of the UK employing organisation. The essay will also make very good quality analysis of the roles of these stakeholders which may impact employment relations within different UK employing organisations. Referencing and research will be very good.

    Lower Second Class 50-59%: The essay will be of a good quality where you demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of the different roles of two key stakeholders and their involvement in managing the employment relationship within the context of the UK employing organisation. You will offergood analysis of of the roles of these stakeholders which may impact employment relations within different UK employing organisations.Referencing and research will be good.

    Third Class 40-49%:  The essay will be to a satisfactory standard. It will provide an overview of the roles of two key stakeholders and their involvement in managing the employment relationship within the context of UK employing organisations. Referencing and research will be evident.

    Fail: Students who do not meet the requirements of a third class grade will not successfully complete the assessment activity.

    Please also see Section 13 for General Assessment criteria.

     Submission Instructions:

    See Section 10 Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of written coursework, which will give you details on how to submit your work electronically.  You are required to submit only electronic copies of your written assessments, unless your Module Tutor advises you otherwise.

    Advice:
    • Do not cut and paste phrases or paragraphs from published sources. You should seek to use your own words to explain concepts and theory.

    • If you wish to refer to specific quotes from published sources then you must use full Harvard presentation. See BISSTO for clear guidance.

    • Do not share work with other students.

    1. Academic Misconduct and Referencing


    Academic misconduct may be defined as any attempt by a student to gain an unfair advantage in any assessment. This includes plagiarism, collusion, commissioning amongst other offences. In order to avoid these types of academic misconduct, you should ensure that all your work is your own and that sources are attributed using the correct referencing techniques. You can also check originality through Turnitin.

    Please note that penalties apply if academic misconduct is proven. See the following link for further details:

     

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