LAW 6508 - Employment and Industrial Relations Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code LAW 6508 Course Employment and Industrial Relations Practice Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to GDLP students only. Not available for Study Abroad & Exchange. Course Description This course introduces the practice of Employment and Industrial Relations law in South Australia and aims to provide an introduction to:
- the fundamentals of employment law;
- implied terms, National Employment Standards, Awards and Agreements;
- the different jurisdictions in which employment claims may be litigated, including the Fair Work Commission, the Industrial Relations Commission of South Australia, the South Australian Industrial Relations Court, the Workers Compensation Tribunal, the Equal Opportunity Commission, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the State and federal civil courts.
- common law and statutory remedies for recovery of employment entitlements;
- remedies for termination of employment, including unfair dismissal claims and general protections disputes;
- workers compensation claims including the processes for commencing a claim and disputing decisions; and
- discrimination in employment.
The course is offered in partnership with South Australian practitioners and agencies.
Course Coordinator: Desiree HollandCourse supervisor-Simon Bourne
Adelaide Law School Liaison Academic- Prof Andrew Stewart
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.This course will be taught intensively from 9 am - 5 pm for one and half days, or equivalent number of hours across several evenings. Full details of seminars and activities are made available on MyUni course website prior to the course commencing.
Seminar 1 - 3.5 hours Short Answer questions, unfair dismissals and general protections
Seminar 2 - 3.5 hours Monetary claims and conciliation conference
Mock conciliation conference Tribunal-3 hrs
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Apply appropriate knowledge to employment and industrial relations case studies. 2 Determine appropriate course of action to achieve desired objectives. 3 Collaboratively and individually research, analyse and evaluate information from a wide variety of sources. 4 Assess client requirements and propose coherent feasible solutions. 5 Demonstrate ability to collaborate within a diverse group of people. 6 Reflect on their abilities to effectively work within the Law.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
No textbooks are assigned for GDLP courses.
Seminar resources and readings are available on MyUni ONLY. Students must bring electronic devices to seminars to access seminar materials.
Due to an emphasis on current legal practice other materials may be added after the course outline has been posted. Students are required to check MyUni daily to keep up to date.
Recommended ResourcesMost course resources are provided to students ONLINE via MyUni. Relevant law can be accessed online via:
Due to the emphasis on current legal practice, other materials may be added after the course outline has been posted. Students are required to check MyUni daily to keep up to date.
Online LearningThe course is supported by the MyUni course website. The website contains the following resources:
1. Course information – including seminar schedule and assessment outline.
2. Course materials – such as lecture presentations, seminar materials, readings and resources.
3. Assessment – items of assessment and online submission.
4. Grade centre – where students’ results for assessments are entered.
MyUni will also be used to post announcements. Students are expected to check MyUni daily to keep up to date.
Students should check daily their University of Adelaide email.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be taught intensively. Problem-solving seminars and practical exercises are supported by online lectures and readings.
Students must come prepared for seminars and, where applicable, having listened to online lectures, undertaken prior reading and developed draft responses to seminar questions.
A reminder that students must bring along electronic devices to the seminar so they can access the seminar materials electronically.
Seminar Attendance-Attendance at seminars is not compulsory, however not attending will put you at a severe disadvantage in completing the assessments, as content taught in class is linked to the assessments.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact time
This course will be taught intensively.
In addition to attending formal classes it is anticipated that students will do substantial independent work to prepare for classes and to complete the course assessments.
This is a three-unit course and the university workload measurement for students on this course, including class contact time, is 156 hours. This includes any required pre-reading before the classes commence, and any research and writing of assignments after the end of formal classes.
Learning Activities SummaryLearning activities will involve an intensive seminar series as well as online lectures and materials to be used in preparation for the seminars.
Lectures are a teacher-driven learning activity; relaying of knowledge and information.
Seminars are more interactive than lectures. Students are expected to prepare answers to seminar questions to facilitate useful in-class discussions between peers. As such, seminars are largely student driven. Seminar leaders are learning facilitators.
Assessment tasks are also learning activities.
A detailed seminar schedule will be posted to MyUni prior to the course commencing. Topics include: The fundamentals of employment law; Implied terms, National Employment Standards, Awards and Agreements; Different jurisdictions in which employment claims may be litigated, including the Fair Work Commission; Common law and statutory remedies for recovery of employment entitlements; Remedies for termination of employment, including unfair dismissal claims and general protections disputes; Workers compensation claims including the processes for commencing a claim and disputing decisions; and Discrimination in employment.
Specific Course RequirementsThe course is based on the rules of the Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (LPEAC) 2018 which specifies the expected competency standards for entry level lawyers at the point of admission.
In this course, the following elements of the National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers are embedded:
Ethics and professional responsibility
Work management and business skills
For further information please contact the Law Society of SA Program Manager (GDLP).
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessments will be made available to students, prior to the nominated deadline. Assessment deadlines will be posted on MyUni prior to the course commencing.
The assessment tasks due dates may vary to what is currently scheduled.
Assessment Task Due Task Type Learning Outcomes Redeemable Length Weighting Pre task -short answer questions 1 day prior to course commencing Individual 1,3 yes Approximately 600 words n/a Short answer questions Discrimination and Workers Compensation Week 1 Individual 3,4 yes Approximately 1200 words n/a Short answer questions Employment Relationship Week 2 Individual 3,4 yes Approximately 230 words n/a Letter of Advice Week 2 Individual 1-4 yes Approximately 2,000 words n/a
Assessment Related RequirementsThe purpose of the GDLP program is to facilitate your transition from undergraduate academic law studies to the legal professional employment environment through the demonstration and practice of professionally-based skills and competencies.
Assessments will be made available to students, prior to the nominated deadline. Assessment deadlines will be posted on MyUni prior to the course commencing. Assessments guidelines will be provided for each assessment task.
All assessments are competency based (non-graded pass). Competence must be demonstrated in all assessment tasks and activities. MyUni requires a numerical value to display that competency has been demonstrated. Please note:
1=Competency demonstrated (Non-graded pass)
0=Competency not demonstrated (Re submission required)
Pre-task -Six short answer questions
With reference to the online materials, provide answers to six questions relating to Employment Law.
Short answer questions Discrimination and Workers Compensation
With reference to the seminar discussions and course materials, answer sixteen short answer questions regarding Discrimination and Workers Compensation.
Short answer questions -Employment Relationship
With reference to the seminar discussions and course materials, answer five short answer questions regarding the Employment Relationship.
Letter of Advice
Advise your client whether they should consider an unfair dismissal application or a general protections application.
Further details will be provided on MyUni.
Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
All assignments in this course are to be submitted electronically through Turnitin. Submissions to Turnitin are to be in Microsoft Word format (NOT in pdf)’.
Students work will be marked in accordance with the marking rubric.
Students are required to demonstrate competency in all elements of the national competency standards and failure to do so will result in the relevant assessment being marked as non-competent. If the assessment is deemed non-competent students may be offered the opportunity to revise and resubmit the assessment. A re submission is only allowed if a bona fide attempt has been made in the initial submission. In most cases only the parts of the assessment that do not attain competence will be required to be resubmitted. Only ONE opportunity is provided for resubmission.
Final assessments that do not attain competence on resubmission (fail), per University policy, are double-marked before the results are released back to the student.
Requests for extensions must be made electronically via GDLP Enquiries GDLPEnquiries@lawsocietysa.asn.au Students MUST apply for an extension prior to the deadline. Extensions will be granted only for unexpected illness, hardship or on compassionate
grounds in accordance with University Policy. Work commitments, travel, holidays or sporting engagements are not unexpected circumstances.
Assessments submitted late without an approved extension will not be marked.
Failure to complete assessments
All assessment in this course must be completed. Failure to complete any of the assessments will result in course failure.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme) Grade Description CN Continuing FNS Fail No Submission NFE No Formal Examination F Fail NGP Non Graded Pass P Pass C Credit D Distinction HD High Distinction RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
Finality of Assessment Grades
Students are advised that Course Coordinators will not enter into negotiations of any kind with any student regarding changes to their grades. It is irrelevant, in any given circumstance, that only a minimal number of additional marks are required to inflate a student’s grade for any individual assessment item or course as a whole. Pursuant to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policyand the Adelaide Law School Assessment Policies and Procedures, grades may only be varied through the appropriate channels for academic review (such as an official re-mark).
ModerationIn accordance with the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, course coordinators ‘ensure that appropriate marking guidelines and cross-marking moderation processes across markers are in place’ in each course. Procedures adopted by Adelaide Law School to ensure consistency of marking in courses with multiple markers include:
- assurance of the qualifications of markers, and their knowledge of the content covered in each course;
- detailed marking guidelines and assessment rubrics to assist in the marking of items of assessment;
- sharing of example marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
- reviewing of selected marked assessments from each marker by the course coordinator;
- comparison of the marks and their distribution across markers;
- automatic double-marking of all interim assessment receiving a fail grade, and of final assessments where a student’s overall result is a fail grade;
- the availability of re-marking of assessments in accordance with Adelaide Law School’s Assessment Policies and Procedures.
Approval of Results by Board of ExaminersStudents are reminded that all assessment results are subject to approval (and possible moderation/change) by the Law School’s Board of Examiners. Assessment results at the University are not scaled. Under the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, students are assessed ‘by reference to their performance against pre-determined criteria and standards … and not by ranking against the performance of the student cohort in the course’. However, under that same policy, the Board of Examiners (as the relevant Assessment Review Committee for courses at Adelaide Law School) is required to ‘ensure comparability of standards and consistency’ in assessment. On occasions, the Board of Examiners will form the view that some moderation is required to ensure the comparability of standards and consistency across courses and years, and accordingly provide fairness to all law students. All assessment results are therefore subject to approval (and possible change) until confirmed by the Board of Examiners and posted on Access Adelaide at the end of each semester.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.Student feedback The course is constantly being updated and revised to reflect the evolution of the law, to respond to student feedback, and to engage with the latest teaching practices. Student feedback is collected each time the course is run, including through SELT reports. Previous SELT reports, and staff feedback on them, are posted on the course MyUni site for students to view and consider.
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- Reasonable Adjustments to Teaching & Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy
- LinkedIn Learning
The centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.
Lex Salus ProgramLex Salus (law and wellbeing) is an initiative of the Adelaide Law School aimed at destigmatising mental health issues; promoting physical, mental and emotional wellness; building a strong community of staff and students; and celebrating diversity within the school. It also seeks to promote wellness within the legal profession, through the involvement of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Honourable Chris Kourakis, as the official Patron of the program.
Students can participate in the Lex Salus program by attending barbecue lunches, pancake breakfasts, knitting and crochet circles, seminars, guest speakers, conferences and other activities. Our Facebook page, website and regular all-student emails promote upcoming events, and have tips and information on wellness.
Our Lex Salus YouTube channel also includes videos on topics like managing stress, and interviews with LGBTQ lawyers and their supporters which celebrate diversity and individuality. Students who commit to 10 hours of volunteering with Lex Salus in one year can have their service recognised on their academic transcript and through a thank you morning tea with the Chief Justice and law school staff.
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Policies & Guidelines
This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.
- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
Academic IntegrityAll students must be familiar with the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Academic Misconduct is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Academic Misconduct (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be a ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia. Academic Integrity is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.
Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.
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