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People and Organisations BAA111

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hong Kong Universal Ed, Hobart


Organisations are composed of people. The study of organisational culture is, therefore, fundamental to understanding how organisations work. The primary purpose of this unit is to enable you to learn how people relate to each other and work together in organisations through theoretical perspectives on, and practical approaches to human relations and organisational behaviour.

The unit will draw upon current concepts from critical management and organisation studies – a field of research engages with a range of disciplinary perspectives including: philosophy, social psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and economics). Hence, you will benefit from a contemporary research-informed approach to the study of human relations and organisational behaviour.

The topics in the study schedule is divided into three modules, each of which building on the previous module. The first module (individuals in organisations: weeks 1-3) begins with a focus on understanding how individuals make sense of their experiences in organisations by examining theories and everyday examples of organisational situations and sense-making, individual identities, personalities and emotions. The second module (organisational groups: weeks 4-7) investigates conceptual and practical approaches to the analysis of human relations at the group or team level, including culture, power and influence, leadership and motivation. Finally, the third module (organisational culture: weeks 8-12) draws on theories and practices of how organisational communications, knowledge, bureaucracy, change and design influence peoples’ relationships with each other and with their organisations.

Through your active participation in this unit, you will understand, integrate, and apply knowledge on how and why people act the way they do in organisations and learn how this knowledge can be used to improve everyday approaches to managing people and organisations.


Unit name People and Organisations
Unit code BAA111
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Mr Timothy (Tim) Butcher
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Accelerated Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hong Kong Universal Ed Semester 1 On-Campus International
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Accelerated Study Period 2 23/5/2022 15/6/2022 7/7/2022 21/8/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the principles associated with managing teams of people in organisations.
  • Apply knowledge to the management of team performance.
  • Communicate a logical argument within a group or team context.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
089999 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

BMA247, XPD101


AssessmentReport (15%)|Presentation (40%)|Essay (30%)|Literature review (15%)
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Clegg et al (2021) Managing and Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, 6th Edition. London: SAGE.


Additional recommended readings will be provided via a reading list.  You can access the Reading List for this unit from the link in MyLO, or by going to the Reading Lists page on the University Library website.

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