Courses & Units

Organisational Behaviour BMA547

Hobart, Launceston



Organisational Behaviour (OB) is the study of human behaviour at the individual, group and organisational level. The primary purpose of this unit is to improve the management of organisations through the development of knowledge of human behaviour. To do this, managers must be able to understand the behaviour of others and attempt to predict and influence it. It is hoped that, through your active participation in this unit, you will gain an appreciation of organisational behaviour as a field of study, which can be used in the effective management of people and organisations. Organisational Behaviour is a field of study that draws upon a diverse range of disciplines (including psychology, social psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and economics) for a systematic and integrated approach to the study of human behaviour. While its concepts, theories and understandings about human behaviour draw upon these disciplines, Organisational Behaviour is unique in that it takes an integrated and contingency approach to management, has an applied focus, and rests on scientific foundations.


Unit name Organisational Behaviour
Unit code BMA547
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Dr Kim Backhouse

Teaching staff

Dr Kim Backhouse

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

LO1understand and explain the complexity of key individual, group and organisational level influences on human behaviour in organisations.
LO2knowledge of theories, concepts and models in organisational behaviour and the ability to apply them critically and creatively to topical issues.
LO3apply current theory and practice to personal workplace experience.
LO4to effectively communicate organisational behaviour theory and practice.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,702.00 090799

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Teaching Pattern

Semester 1: Offered face-to-face weekdays in Hobart; seven face-to-face workshops in Launceston; 3 face-to-face evening workshops in Burnie; and by distance.

Semester 2: Offered face-to-face in the Hobart Saturday program; and by distance.


Online quiz (25%), Report (35%), Case study presentation (10%), Essay (30%)

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