Courses & Units

People and Organisations BAA111

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast, Hong Kong Universal Ed


Organisations are composed of people. The study of human behaviour is, therefore, fundamental to understand organisations and organisational effectiveness. The primary purpose of this unit is to improve the management of organisations through the development of knowledge of human behaviour.

The unit will draw upon concepts and theories from a diverse range of disciplines (including psychology, social psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and economics) for a systematic and integrated approach to the study of human behaviour in organisations (i.e. organisational behaviour).

The topics in the study schedule begin with a focus on the individual analysis of behaviour, characterised by factors such as individual behaviour, abilities, attitudes, personality, perception, emotions and moods, job satisfaction and motivation. Next, the analysis of behaviour at the group or team level examines the dynamics of group and team processes, including the distribution of power, the impact of politics, and leadership. Understanding the nature of formal and informal group processes is central to improving organisational efficiency and influences individual decisions. Finally, topics covered at the organisational level of analysis include organisational structure and design, organisational culture, and the processes involved in organisational change and adaptation required to meet the ever-increasing demands of the competitive global marketplace.

Through your active participation in this unit, students will understand, integrate, and apply knowledge on why people act the way they do in organisations and learn how this knowledge can be used in the effective management of people and organisations.


Unit name People and Organisations
Unit code BAA111
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Dr Sarah Dawkins (Hobart, Cradle Coast, Distance)

Associate Professor Tim Butcher (HKUE, Accelerated Study Period 2)

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021
Accelerated Study Period 2 24/5/2021 16/6/2021 8/7/2021 22/8/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

LO1Explain the principles associated with managing teams of people in organisations.
LO2Apply knowledge to the management of team performance.
LO3Communicate 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 $1,812.00 $1,419.00 not applicable $2,702.00

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Mutual Exclusions

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

BMA247, XPD101


Teaching Pattern

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Group Development Report (15%), Journal Article Review (15%), Essay (30%), Group Presentation (40%).

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