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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Employment Law & Negotiations
Module Code HR5001
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: John McMackin
Semester 2: John McMackin
Autumn: John McMackin
Module TeachersJohn McMackin
Anne O'Callaghan
Scott Jevons
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to provide an overall knowledge and insight into employment law and the corresponding legislation and judicial elements that underpin employment law decisions. It aims to provide an understanding and appreciation of the everyday application of employment law in the workplace. This will equip students with a strong foundation in employment law so as to assist them in the crucial business of maintaining full legal compliance in the Irish workplace. Further, this module provides an introduction to the skills of negotiation in an employment context and the opportunity to practice them.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the impact of employment law and third-party decisions on the HR policies, practices and procedures of an organisation so as to be legally compliant at all times.
2. Recognise the uses and implications of legal materials including the constitution, statutory law, statutory instruments, European legislation (directives and regulations), codes of practice, case law and judicial precedents.
3. Evaluate the implications of current employment legislation and related decisions of various adjudicating bodies for an organisation's HR policies, practices and procedures.
4. Explore the various rights, duties and responsibilities employees and employers have towards each other and the general public in a work context
5. Describe the essentials of negotiation and the key skills and groundwork for effective negotiation in an employment law context

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Assignment Completion40No Description
Group work36No Description
Independent Study25No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Employment law
- Irish Employment Law in context

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reflective journalStudents will submit a Reflective Journal based on their experience of preparing for and participating in negotiation exercises30%n/a
EssayPrepare a written report of your findings of a Workplace Investigation, based on a detailed case study to be provided during the semester.70%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Regan, M.: 2014, Employment Law in Ireland, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MHRMSc in Leadership and People Strategies

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