Courses & Units

Small Business Management BMA357

Hobart, Launceston


Small to medium-sized firms (e.g. those with less than 200 employees) comprise the majority of all businesses in the economies of most countries.  In Australia they comprise around 96 percent of all the non-agricultural firms.  The majority of such firms are very small (micro-enterprises) with less than five employees, quite often family-run, and usually just a single owner-manager.  The reality of business management within the small firm is substantially different from that found in the majority of large organisations.  Owner-managers, as the name suggests, are both owners - and therefore responsible for all the risks associated with their business venture - and managers.  Such individuals must deal with all the functional tasks of business management (e.g. accounting, planning, marketing, human resources, production and information technology), frequently without much training and little assistance.

In this unit students are introduced to the concepts and principles of small business management. This unit integrates various disciplines of business and management.  We assume students have some background in finance, accounting, marketing, leadership and related skills associated with running a business.  We shall focus on how such topics are applied in small business management.


Unit name Small Business Management
Unit code BMA357
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Tasmanian School of Business & Economics (TSBE)
Discipline Management

Dr Tommy Wong

Teaching staff

Dr Tommy Wong & Ms Sophie Clark

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


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


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Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 23/2/2015 23/3/2015 13/4/2015 29/5/2015

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $2,093.00 080301

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BMA101, BMA151/251, BMA121

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Teaching Pattern

Two hour lecture, one hour tutorial each week


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