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Freelancing and Small Business BMA357


The nature of the workforce is changing. The future of work is characterised by a shrinking ‘traditional’ job market and a rising gig economy. In Australia, self-employment now makes up a third of the workforce, and small business is considered to be the backbone of the Australian economy. To navigate this landscape, people require flexibility, autonomy, and small business skills. The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of how to package and develop your skills to meet market needs, and to design flexible and sustainable career pathways and strategies for running a small business. In this unit you will you explore freelancing and small business sectors, including small business management theories, concepts, and strategies. Through independent and collaborative research, during the unit you will have the opportunity to develop a personal plan for future employment (within or outside of the traditional job market) and to work towards enhancing the effectiveness of a real-world small business.


Unit name Freelancing and Small Business
Unit code BMA357
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Bronwyn Eager
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Accelerated Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Accelerated Study Period 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Accelerated Study Period 2 22/5/2023 14/6/2023 6/7/2023 20/8/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate and apply small business management theories and concepts.
  • Critically evaluate contemporary small business management challenges & opportunities using theory, independent and collaborative research.
  • Communicate small business management strategies, theories and practices.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080301 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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



AssessmentIndividual Report (20%)|Group Presentation (30%)|Personal Business Model Canvas (50%)
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You will need the following text (free e-text available via the UTAS Library]:

Osterwalder, A. & Pigneur, Y. (2010). Business Model Generation: a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers. John Wiley & Sons.


Longenecker, J, Petty, J, Palich, L & Hoy, F 2017, Small business management, 18th edn, Cengage, Boston.
Burns, P 2016, Entrepreneurship and small business: start-up growth and maturity, 4th edn, Macmillan Education, Australia.
Schaper, M, Volery, T, Weber, P & Gibson, B 2014, Entrepreneurship and small business, 4th AsiaPacific edn, Wiley, Australia.

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