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This unit offers an investigative insight into the fundamentals of management. Encompassing both leadership and organisation theory, a brief history of management theory will be followed by investigations into different theories of organisations that consider topics like social responsibility, the business environment, decision making functions of management, strategic planning and implementation, organisational structures and human resource management, motivation, leadership, control, communications, group dynamics, culture, conflict, time management, internationalism and changing trends in management.

The topics of this unit aim to advance students understanding of fundamental management principles which can be applied in various organisational settings, ranging from private sector entities to NGOs and other taxpayer funded organisations and start-ups. Given the management scope and the linked topics, discussion of them will be entered into by all students. To support discussions assorted readings and other learning material will focus on various management styles and management theories.

You will explore management theory, research theory and review case studies for the purpose of strengthening the ability to manage business problems through to solutions, and to determine how to create and sustain a workplace where people can succeed (if the people succeed the business will succeed). The unit will be offered in 12 chapters (each chapter per week). Embedded in each of the 12 units are case studies for discussions during workshop sessions.

Summary 2021

Unit name Fundamentals of Management
Unit code BMA501
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Dr Mark Wickham (Semester 1, 2021)

Mr Alistair Chong (Semester 2, 2021)

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



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Learning Outcomes

ILO1Critically analyse management theories, concepts, and processes in diverse business contexts
ILO2Apply theoretical knowledge to design solutions for contemporary management challenges
ILO3Transmit knowledge and ideas through written and/or oral communication







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Case Study (20%), Report (40%), Plan (40%).

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