Courses & Units

Theories of Work and Organisation BMA217



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, neoclassical and modern theories of work organisation are introduced, leading to a broad overview of the evolution of the two disciplines and their underpinning theoretical frameworks. Students will explore influential perspectives on the employment relationship with particular attention to the gendered and ethical dimensions of each. This foundational theoretical material will be embedded through a detailed analysis of various contemporary challenges confronting stakeholders in the employment relationship. Through the contrasting lenses of HRM and IR, students will consider issues including remuneration, performance management, OH&S and consultation.


Unit name Theories of Work and Organisation
Unit code BMA217
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Tasmanian School of Business & Economics (TSBE)
Discipline Management
Coordinator Mr Stuart Schonell
Teaching staff

Mr Stuart Schonell

Level Intermediate
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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2015 10/8/2015 31/8/2015 16/10/2015

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2015: $769.00 2015: $2,093.00 090399

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Teaching Pattern

Two hour workshop and one hour tutorial (attending students); online participation for distance students. Two hour workshop and one hour tutorial (attending students); online participation for distance students.


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