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WORK3206: Workplace Law and Regulation

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit of study examines the regulatory framework that exists around paid work in Australia. It examines the development of employee and employer rights and responsibilities through the employment contract and labour law. It focuses on both individual and collective regulation of work in Australia paying particular attention to the industrial sphere, as well as discrimination and termination of employment. Both the aim and purpose of industrial regulation and the impact of this regulation on workplace relations is analysed.

Unit details and rules

Unit code WORK3206
Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Credit points 6
Completion of at least 48 credit points
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Stephen Clibborn,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Written exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Participation Tutorial participation
10% Ongoing Ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Case study
30% Week 08
Due date: 14 Apr 2022 at 13:00

Closing date: 21 Apr 2022
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Presentation group assignment Tutorial presentation
Oral presentation and written task
20% Weekly 8-10 minutes and 400 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Case Study: This is a written assignment. Full details of the essay will be provided in week 1
  • Tutorial presentation: In the first tutorial, you will be asked to choose a tutorial presentation topic. Each tutorial presentation will be prepared and presented by a small group of students during the semester. The assessment will be marked based on the joint presentation and a one-page executive summary. The one-page executive summary must be submitted online before the time of the presentation. A copy of your one-page executive summary may be distributed to all students online after the final group's presentation.
  • Tutorial participation: In the early part of the semester, tutorial discussion will focus on specific questions and topics. Later in the semester, discussions will revolve around student tutorial presentations and practical problem-solving. Classes are designed to encourage active participation. Each student will earn a tutorial participation mark. In tutorials, it will be assumed that all students have read, and are ready to discuss, each week’s core readings and relevant current items in the media.
  • Final exam: The final exam is designed to test students’ overall understanding of the unit. The main materials on which the exam will be based are: lectures, essential readings and tutorial discussions.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to contents and concepts Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 Regulation of work Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Formation of the work relationship Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Rights and obligations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Work and family Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Discrimination Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Bargaining and agreement making Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Workplace Investigation and Health and Safety Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Reading Week (Public Holiday 25 April) Independent study (3 hr)  
Week 10 Termination Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 The trial Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 The future of work regulation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Unit overview and conclusion Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures will be recorded and made available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Joellen Riley Munton (2021) Labour Law: An Introduction to the Law of Work, Oxford University Press, Australia.

All other readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas, or are otherwise detailed on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and apply the salient rights and obligations imposed on employers and employees
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the development of these rights and obligations
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of the interplay between different spheres of regulation
  • LO4. recognise how these regulatory spheres impact on the management of labour
  • LO5. demonstrate the ability to read and write in a critical, academically-appropriate fashion
  • LO6. explain current issues in the regulation of employment, as reported in the media and in public policy debates, and their implications
  • LO7. demonstrate analytical skills and an ability to organise, understand and articulate arguments about regulation of work in written and verbal communication
  • LO8. locate relevant and current reading, data and research
  • LO9. work collaboratively to address complex problems related to the application of employment laws.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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