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Unisa Short Learning Programmes
Course in Practical Labour Law (72710)


This short learning programme aims to give trade union officials, shop stewards, small entrepreneurs, and line managers with little or no formal labour law training a first introduction to and a sound knowledge of those aspects of employment law that they may encounter on a daily basis in the workplace. They will also be given the necessary skills to apply this knowledge in practice 

Target group

Industrial relations practitioners, human resources managers, trade union officials, lawyers 

Admission requirements

Senior Certificate an equivalent NQF level 4 or qualification 


One year 

Language medium


Registration periods

01 February until 31 March 

Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning, case studies, practical exercises and a seminar 

Kind of assessment


Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies 

Formative assessment: 

Assignments and attendance of a seminar 

Summative assessment: 

Take-home examination 

Practical Labour Law (CPLL01D)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 24
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • The contract of employment 
  • Basic conditions of employment (including the work that an employee has to do; wages; ordinary working hours; overtime; leave; lunch breaks; and notice periods) 
  • Exercising discipline and managing performance 
  • Dismissal, discrimination and unfair labour practices 
  • The resolution of labour disputes 
  • A brief overview of some aspects of collective labour law (collective bargaining; strikes and lock-outs; replacement labour; picketing; and dismissal of strikers) 


Course leader


Centre for Business Law 

Office 6-090, Cas van Vuuren Building 

Tel: 012 429 6902 

Fax: 012 429 3343 



Programme administrator(s)

Ms M A Roux 

Centre for Business Law 

Office 6-157, Cas van Vuuren Building, UNISA 

Tel: 012 429 8432 

Fax: 012 429 8206