Courses & Units

Theories of Work and Organisation BMA217

Launceston, Hobart


This unit of study builds on foundational concepts introduced in Managing People at Work. Students will be introduced to a range of theoretical perspectives that have influenced the development of the Human Resource Management (HRM) and Industrial Relations (IR) disciplines. Classical and modern theories of work and organisation are introduced, leading to a broad overview of the evolution of the two disciplines and their underpinning theoretical frameworks.

Theoretical material will be embedded through an analysis of various contemporary challenges confronting stakeholders in the employment relationship. Through contrasting, lenses students will consider current issues in the workplace.

Activities and assessment tasks in the unit are designed to develop and extend independent and critical thinking, develop the capacity to consider multiple perspectives on workplace issues, enable students to identify contemporary issues in HRM and IR and provide the skills necessary to complete the third year units in the HR major.



Unit name Theories of Work and Organisation
Unit code BMA217
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Ruth Barton
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Accelerated Study Period 1 31/1/2022 23/2/2022 17/3/2022 1/5/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain, analyse and compare theories, and perspectives related to work and organisation
  • Think critically and analyse work issues and cases to provide evidence-based recommendations
  • Present and justify independent and group expositions of knowledge
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090399 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable

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BMA101 or ZAA131


AssessmentExamination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (40%)|Assignment (20%)|Report (40%)
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There is no prescribed textbook for this unit. A list of weekly readings will be made available on MyLO.

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