Courses & Units

Theories of Work and Organisation BMA217

Hobart, Launceston


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
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Dr Ruth Barton

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 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
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Accelerated Study Period 1 1/2/2021 24/2/2021 18/3/2021 2/5/2021

* 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

LO1Explain, analyse and compare theories, and perspectives related to work and organisation
LO2Think critically and analyse work issues and cases to provide evidence-based recommendations
LO3Present and justify independent and group expositions of knowledge


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090399 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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BMA101 or ZAA131


Teaching Pattern

One hour lecture and two hour workshop (Hobart attending students); online participation (discussions and webinar) for distance students; 4 x 2 hour workshops for distance students located in and around Launceston (at Newnham campus).


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