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 Mr Peter Dixon
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party (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
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 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Accelerated Study Period 3 11/9/2023 4/10/2023 26/10/2023 10/12/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe core principles and models central to human resource management (HRM) practices.
  • Justify and argue human resource management (HRM) policies and approaches using literature.
  • Apply human resource management (HRM) theories, research and practices to human resources issues.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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Mutual Exclusions

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

XPD111, ZAA132


Teaching Pattern

Teaching arrrangements will be advised to you by your Hong Kong Lecturer in Week 1.

AssessmentAssessment Task 2: Quiz (30%)|Assessment Task 1: Group Presentation (30%)|Assessment Task 3: Essay (40%)
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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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