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Employment relations and employee engagement

This module explores the choices organisations make about employment relations strategies and the associated impacts on employee engagement. It provides an understanding of different employment relations perspectives, theories and debates as well as the national and international contexts of employment relations. Throughout the module the roles of employee participation and voice as crucial processes underlying employee engagement are critically examined. Other areas covered include managing diversity, communication, change management, and the management of conflict associated with grievance, discipline and dismissal.

Vocational relevance

This module is part of a qualification that is intended to provide a route to professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) if you wish to develop a career in HR management. It will also provide training in research and academic skills if you want to develop an academic career in the field of HR management.

More generally, by studying a postgraduate business qualification you can expect your salary to increase and for it to have a positive impact on your career progression, as well as bringing improvements to their organisation.

Qualifications

B866 is an optional module in our:
Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. These qualifications allow most postgraduate modules to count towards them. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.

Postgraduate Loans 

If you study this module as part of an eligible qualification, you may also be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England. For more information, see Fees and funding.

Module

Module code
B866
Credits

Credits

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  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
30
Study level
Postgraduate
Study method
Distance learning
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What you will study

The module is organised into eight units of study. The first three of these are primarily concerned with an examination of different theories and perspectives of employment relations, along with a critical examination of the concept of employee engagement. They also explore the role and impacts of the ‘actors’ within the employment relations landscape and the impact of different contextual factors (both national and international contexts) on employment relations.

The remaining five units focus on organisational-level employment relations processes and strategies. Employment relations processes that support a positive climate and organisational performance are investigated, notably those concerned with employee engagement, voice, communication and involvement. Employment relations strategies associated with processes of managing organisational change such as overcoming resistance to change are also reviewed. The crucial role of employment relations in conflict resolution is critically examined, along with procedures that can serve to mitigate risk in the areas of discipline, grievance, dismissal and redundancy. Finally, issues related to the integration of employment relations practices and employee engagement strategies within an organisation are critically explored.

You will learn

  • The nature of the employment relationship and the concept of employee engagement, as well as different theories, perspectives and debates in employment relations; 
  • The main ‘actors’ in employment relations and their roles and functions; 
  • Different  employment relations environments related to local, national and global contexts; 
  • Organisational processes and the design and implementation of employment relations, practices, policies and procedures, with a particular focus on employee engagement; 
  • How the integration of employment relations processes impact on organisational outcomes such as employee engagement 

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

Your tutor will help you with the study material, mark and comment on your assignments and provide advice and guidance. You will contact your tutor by email, telephone or via your tutor group forum on the B866 module website.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

Course work includes

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

Employment relations and employee engagement starts once a year – in November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2022.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Essential Documents website.

    Entry requirements

    This is an optional module in our MSc in Human Resource Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management therefore you must hold a BA/BSc degree awarded by a recognised university, or equivalent. Due to the defined study pattern for this qualification it is highly recommended that you study The human resource professional (B863) and Human resource management in context (B864) before taking this module.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    03 Nov 2018 Apr 2019 £1530.00

    Registration closes 18/10/18 (places subject to availability)

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    This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2022.

    Future availability

    Employment relations and employee engagement starts once a year – in November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2022.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    An extensive variety of specially written resources presented in different media (print and online) and designed exclusively for this module. Audio-visual material, published articles, case studies and access to The Open University library.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • macOS 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

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    If you have a disability

    Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Other alternative formats of the module materials may be available in the future.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.