Courses & Units

Foundations of Human Resource Management BMA121


The principal aim of the unit is to provide an overview of the fields of Human Resources (HR), and Employment Relations (ER) by providing the underpinning knowledge and developing an understanding of core theoretical principles and models of Human Resource Management (HRM). Students will focus on the outcome of HR/ER strategies and policies at the individual, organisation and societal levels. The effective management of employees is a key concern for organisations due the recognition of the positive role that well-managed human resources can play in increasing organisational and individual outcomes. It is necessary for people working as HR/ER specialists, and for those who are managing teams of people, to understand multiple HRM perspectives and to develop evidence-based people management strategies appropriate to specific organisational contexts. This unit will cover content (what), the rationale (why), and implementation (how) of effective people management practices.


Unit name Foundations of Human Resource Management
Unit code BMA121
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Desmond Ayentimi
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): ECA|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 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Accelerated Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Accelerated Study Period 3 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Accelerated Study Period 3 16/9/2024 9/10/2024 31/10/2024 15/12/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe core human resource management principles and models central to people and cultural practices.
  • Apply human resource management theories, research and practices to contemporary people and wellbeing issues.
  • Evaluate sustainable human resource management strategy using scholarly and practitioner evidence.

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:

XPD111, ZAA132


AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Human Resource Interview and Response (30%)|Assessment Task 2: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Analysis (35%)|Assessment Task 3: Strategy Feasibility Assessment (35%)
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You will need the following text:

Nel, P., Werner, A., Fazey, M., Millett, B., du Plessis, A., Wordsworth, R., Mackinnon, B. H., Suseno, Y., eds. (2017). Human resource management in Australia, 2nd edn., Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Australia. ISBN 9780195597448


Nankervis, A., Baird, M., Coffey, J. & Shields, J. (2017). Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice, 9th Asia-Pacific Edition. Cengage Learning Australia Pty Limited, South Melbourne. ISBN 9780170369862 

Hartel, C. E. J., & Fujimoto, Y. (2015). Human resource management, 3rd edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest.

Kramar, R., Bartram, T. & DeCieri, H. (2014). Human resource management in Australia: strategy, people, performance, 5th edn, McGraw-Hill North Ryde, NSW

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