HRM845 - Industrial Relations

Outline info
Last revision date Feb 25, 2021 11:51:58 AM
Last review date Mar 17, 2021 12:16:59 PM

Subject Title
Industrial Relations

Subject Description
The subject will explore the nature of the industrial relations process. Considerable emphasis will be placed on negotiating and administering the collective agreement through to grievance arbitration.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the nature of collective agreements and their role in regulating the workplace environment.
  2. Describe the process of preparing for and negotiating a collective agreement.
  3. Recognize the issues and problems that most frequently arise concerning administration of the collective agreement.
  4. Discuss the grievance arbitration process.

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM701, Introduction to Human Resource Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

Topic Outline

  • Introduction to Labour Relations
    • Historical perspective 
    • Legislative overview 
    • Unionization process
    • Problems and issues confronting the labour movement
  • Negotiating the Collective Agreement
    • Preparing for negotiations 
    • Conduct during negotiations 
    • Impasse resolution
  • The Grievance Arbitration Process
    • Processing the grievance 
    • Preparing for the arbitration hearing 
    • The hearing

Mode of Instruction
In-Class / Online Virtual Classroom
A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

Online Self-Directed
This course is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities. 

Prescribed Texts
Classroom / Online Virtual Classroom and Online Self-Directed:

Title: Labour Relations (eText)
Edition: 5 E 
Author(s): Suffield, Larry and Gannon, Gary
Publisher: Pearson Prentice-Hall 
ISBN: 9780135354988

Texts may be supplied by the Seneca Bookstore. Contact the Bookstore for more information.

Reference Material
For guides on research and citations:

Required Supplies

Student Progression and Promotion Policy

Grading Policy

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty and may not be accepted after a set period of time.
In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.
Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:
Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Supporting documentation may be requested for absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons. Faculty must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the absence, and applicable documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency:

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

In-Class / Online Virtual Classroom:

Midterm Test 30%
Arbitration Case Study 20%
Collective Bargaining, Simulation and Report 20%
Final Assignment 30%

Online Self-Directed:

Discussion Assignments (3 x 5%) 15%
Grievance/Arbitration Exercise 30%
Negotiations Assignment 25%
Final Assignment 30%

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Please note: HRPA requires an overall average of 70% for the required courses, with no individual course mark lower than 65%.

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Approved by: John Wong1, Danielle Mercier