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Small businesses contribute significantly to the wealth of most countries, particularly in regional economies. In Australia, small business is defined as an organisation employing fewer than 20 people. Australian small businesses contributed around $380 billion to Australia's GDP in 2016 and contributed to approximately 44% of Australian employment (ABS 2017). The study of small business management requires an understanding of a wide range of activities such as:

  • Marketing
  • Planning
  • Promotion
  • Budgeting
  • Customer service
  • Human resource and operations management

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of the small business sector including the strategies and concepts that maximise small business effectiveness. Much of the information you study about business does not fit into nice, neat categories. Research results are often conflicting, and serious questions can be raised about previously accepted findings. There is no one answer to small business issues and problems so during this unit you will explore a variety of strategies and practices in order to provide you with the insights and arguments to develop your own small business proposals.

Summary 2021

Unit name Freelancing and Small Business
Unit code BMA357
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Dr Bronwyn Eager

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



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Learning Outcomes

ILO1Evaluate and apply small business management theories and concepts.
ILO2Critically evaluate contemporary small business management challenges & opportunities using theory, independent and collaborative research.
ILO3Communicate small business management strategies, theories and practices.




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Case Study Analysis (Part 1) (20%); Case Study Analysis (Part 2) (30%); Group Presentation (20%); Individual Report (30%).

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