MGMT303-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Leading and Managing People: Essential Employment Frameworks

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course addresses the essential frameworks needed for managing people. It examines the psychological and legal influences that shape employing and leading staff. It covers the specific obligations and responsibilities affecting processes such as recruiting, performance management, dispute resolution, termination and organisational change - as well as exploring the dynamics for managing relationships between managers and employees.

It is a central course for people aiming to work as either line-managers or HRM specialists. The course outlines the essential regulatory frameworks, along with the relational processes, that leaders need in order to manage people.

It addresses a range of fundamental areas that are common challenges for managers, and issues that HR professionals are typically expected to advise on.

The course addresses the values and ideological frameworks that shape employment, with the ways in which managers and employers relate. This includes the principles of collaboration and conflict, and the ways these can create productive, resilient and engaged work groups.

Relationship to other courses
This course complements other 300-level Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour.

It is designed to contribute to the competency requirements of the Human Resources Institute of NZ (HRINZ) for Legal Compliance & Employment Relations

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT303S2 is:
Lecture/Tutorials 20 hours
Tests and cases 40 hours
Assignment 40 hours
Lecture Preparation 50 hours
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Specifically, this course aims to equip students with an understanding of the ideological and legislative frameworks governing employment, with the ability to analyse and manage employment issues. At the end of this course, students should be able to:
  • explain employment relations theory and contemporary employment systems
  • explain and address the applications of employment-related legislation
  • explain the framework governing processes such as dispute resolution and negotiation, along with the functions of specialist employment institutions and processes
  • identify, and propose methods to resolve employment relations issues.

    Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Learning Goals:
    The broad goals for the BCom and the ways in which this course addresses these:
  • LO1.1.1 Students can demonstrate an understanding of theory, concepts, models or reasoning from their selected subject major to a problem/issue/context.
  • LO1.1.2  Students can critique concepts, models or reasoning from their selected subject major.
  • LO1.2.8 Apply management concepts to analyse and deal with key organisational and management issues.
  • LO1.2.3 Describe the key elements and processes of the NZ legal system relevant to a business context.
  • LO1.2.4 Explain the impact of technology on organisations.
  • LO2.1.4 Students can write a report/essay on a problem/issue/situation/scenario that:
     - incorporates content at an appropriate level of detail
     - is logically structured
     - is presented professionally using correct English, referencing and appropriate resources
  • LO2.1.1 Students can apply subject specific knowledge and tools to analyse, propose a solution to and/or address a given problem or issue.  Innovative approaches and solutions are encouraged.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


Any 45 points from  LAWS101,  LAWS110 or
MGMT 200-level courses or

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 18:30 - 19:30 Online Delivery
23 Aug - 29 Aug
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 19:30 Online Delivery
18 Oct - 24 Oct
02 Thursday 18:30 - 19:30 Online Delivery
18 Oct - 24 Oct
03 Thursday 18:30 - 19:30 Online Delivery
18 Oct - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Bernard Walker


Bernard Walker and Bernard Walker


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
In-course work (weekly cases) 16% Ongoing throughout the course
Term Test 1 25 Aug 2021 22% Term Test 1 (One-hour 6:30-7:30pm)
Group Project 28 Sep 2021 40% Group Project
Term Test 2 21 Oct 2021 22% Term Test 2 (One-hour 6:30-7:30pm Online)

In-course work and Cases
1. You are required to do preparatory readings, involving cases and topics before classes.
2. There are also short cases that are to be completed on Learn, throughout the course. Dates for these are shown on Learn. These contribute to the course final grade.

Late submission
Late submission of assignments will be NOT be accepted without the approval of the course coordinator. Late submission is granted at the discretion of the course coordinator only and each application will be evaluated on its merit.

If an assignment is submitted in the first three days after the close-off time, then it will have 10% of the maximum possible grade deducted, for every 24 hours after the due date.  No assignments will be accepted beyond 72 hours after the close-off time.
The only exception to the above is where formal special consideration conditions are satisfied; (for details on these requirements, see the university website ). Please note that a special consideration application must be submitted within seven days of the due date for the assessment.

The marks for tests and exams may be scaled before a final grade is determined.  You should not automatically regard 50% as a pass mark.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Rudman, R. S. , CCH New Zealand Limited; New Zealand employment law guide ; 20th edition; CCH New Zealand Limited, 2021.

Rudman, R. (2021) New Zealand Employment Law Guide 2021
ISBN: 9781775473725 (Book)
ISBN: 9781775473732 (eBook)

This textbook is available in print and digital versions. The print book can be purchased on-campus via UBS, or print and digital versions are available from the CCH bookstore

(2) Other resources
Course readings and lecture resources, including copies of power-point slides will be available on LEARN


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $3,875.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship .

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