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MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Employment Law

Unit code BMAN70222
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


Legal framework of the employment relationship; employment status; sources, content, variation & termination of the contract of employment; discrimination & equal pay; general pay issues; unfair dismissal; business restructuring (including redundancies & transfers of undertakings); health & safety (especially stress at work); freedom of association & human rights.


BMAN70222 Programme Req: BMAN70222 is only available as a core unit to students on MSc HRM & IR


The course unit aims to give students an understanding and awareness of the way in which the employment relationship is regulated and, in particular, the growing body of employment legislation. This will include an understanding of the influence of EU law on domestic legislation and the potential implications of ‘Brexit’. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course unit students should be able to:

  • Identify the legal issues in an employment-related scenario and advise organisations accordingly
  • Explain the legal principles relevant to such issues
  • Apply the legal principles to the facts of a given case
  • Identify the management implications in an employment-related legal scenario
  • Assess the likely impact of legislation on organisations/individuals

Assessment methods

1) Employment Tribunal Report (50%) - around 3000 words

2) 2 hours partly-revealed examination (50%) (2 questions from 6)


Feedback methods

Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.

Responses to student e-mails

Specific course related feedback sessions

Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework

Written and /or verbal comments after students have given a group or individual presentation

Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance

Recommended reading

Cabrelli: Employment Law in Context (3rd ed., Oxford, 2018)

Collins, Ewing & McColgan: Labour Law (2nd ed., Cambridge, 2019)

Daniels: Introduction to Employment Law (5th ed., Kogan Page, 2019)

Lewis & Sargeant: Employment Law, The essentials (15th ed., Kogan Page, 2020)

Smith, Baker & Warnock: Smith and Wood’s Employment Law (13th ed., Oxford, 2017)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 118

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Cristina Inversi Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Methods

Office hours

Drop in surgeries (extra help sessions for students on material they may be struggling with)

Availability before and after lecture sessions and during breaks etc

Individual appointments with students on request (i.e outside of and in addition to the above)

Regular Blackboard announcements/messages

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