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Managing Contemporary Organisations BMA501


This unit offers an investigative insight into the fundamentals of management.

Encompassing platform leadership and organisation theory, a brief history of management theory will be followed by investigations into different theories of organisations. You will explore topics under three key areas being: underpinning knowledge/theories; applying theory to practice; contemporary and future management issues.

You will be offered the opportunity to advance your understanding of fundamental management principles which can be applied in various organisational settings, ranging from private sector entities to NGOs, public sector taxpayer-funded organisations and start-ups. All students will be invited and expected to discuss topics from across the scope of this unit and the management discipline. To support discussions, assorted readings and other learning material will focus on foundational management approaches and management theories.

You’ll be expected to read widely, being aware of current business affairs and applying capabilities associated with self-directed learning. You are invited to bring your ideas and questions to workshops for deeper exploration of topics of interest with the group. You will explore management theory and review case studies for the purpose of strengthening your ability to identify and address business problems and research possible solutions. You will explore ways and means to create and sustain a workplace where people are given the best opportunities to succeed and in doing so, support organisational goals.

Embedded in each of the modules are case studies to support and direct discussions during workshop sessions.


Unit name Managing Contemporary Organisations
Unit code BMA501
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Theresa Simpkin
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 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
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically appraise management practice in the context of local and global organisations
  • Create solutions to contemporary organisational challenges congruent with applicable UN SDGs.
  • Evaluate how managerial competencies apply and their value in complex organisations.
  • Communicate knowledge and ideas to diverse audiences within a collaborative environment.
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 $2,836.00

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Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

Recorded lectures; 4x3 hour workshops throughout the semester.  Please refer to the timetable for dates, times and venue.

AssessmentUnderpinning theory ‘quizzes’ (20%)|Individual Case Study (40%)|Team Consultancy Report (40%)
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A series of prescribed readings are provided in the  weekly topic sections of the MyLO shell for this unit.

Students are advised that prescribed reading is to be completed prior to the weekly tutorial and timetabled workshops.


Bateman, TS & Snell, SA 2011, Management, 2nd edn, Irwin, Chicago.

Bartol, K 2011, Management. A Pacific Rim focus, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill, Sydney. Davidson, P 2009.

Management: Core concepts and applications, 2nd Australasian edn, Wiley, Brisbane.

Hitt, MA, Black, JS, Porter, LW & Hanson, D 2007, Management, Pearson, Frenchs Forest. Robbins.

SP, DeCenzo, D, Coulter, M, Woods, M 2013, Management: the essentials, 2nd edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

Samson, D, Donnet, T & Daft, R 2021, Management: Asia-Pacific Edition, 7th ed, Cengage, South Melbourne

Schermerhorn, John R., Paul Davidson, Aharon Factor, David Poole, Peter Woods, Alan Simon, Ellen McBar. Management: Asia–Pacific Edition, 6th Edition. John Wiley & Sons

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