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Foundations of Human Resource Management BMA121

Hobart, Launceston, Hong Kong Universal Ed



The principal aim of the unit is to provide an overview of the fields of Human Resources (HR), and Industrial Relations (IR) 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/IR 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/IR 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
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Dr Desmond Ayentimi

Teaching staff

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 Domestic Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 3 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hong Kong Universal Ed Semester 2 On-Campus International


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
Accelerated Study Period 3 14/9/2020 2/10/2020 28/10/2020 12/12/2020

* 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

  • LO1: Identify and describe broad knowledge of principles and models of core human resource management (HRM) and industrial relations (IR) functions.
  • LO2: Analyse and apply HRM/IR theory, research and practice to people management problems.
  • LO3: Communicate an argument supported by HRM/IR theory and practice.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $2,702.00 080303

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. Please check the unit outline for details.


Quizzes (20%), Essay (25%), Group work (25%), Final exam (30%).

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


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