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People and Organisations BAA111


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 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 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 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 Doctor Gemma Lewis
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): ECA|Shanghai Ocean University AEIN Institute|Universal College of Higher Education Hong Kong
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Accelerated Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Accelerated Study Period 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Accelerated Study Period 2 27/5/2024 19/6/2024 11/7/2024 25/8/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key theoretical concepts of Organisation Studies.
  • Apply Organisation Studies concepts to an organisational situation.
  • Communicate a reasoned argument to an academic audience for how to manage an organisational situation.
  • Demonstrate teamwork skills through interpersonal communication and group-based problem solving.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

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

BMA247, XPD101


AssessmentLifeline Exercise (30%)|Teamwork Scenario and Educational Video (30%)|Journal Article Review Exercise (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



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.

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