Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


People are the most dynamic resource an organisation has at its disposal. Understanding how people undertake work that contributes to organisations and how organisations affect the lives of the people who work in them is complex. This course introduces some of the concepts that help to understand these issues. Topics include diverse perspectives on people and work, the impact of technology and generational trends on work, gender and ethnicity at work, organizational culture, employee voice and its impact on organisational performance. All topics will develop key generic skills and have a strong emphasis on practitioner-based knowledge from human resource management and employment relations.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and compare multiple perspectives on people and work in organisations

2. Describe and compare different types of work in different types of organisations and industries

3. Explain the impact of factors outside organisations (like technology, the law, labour markets and social institutions) on the way people work in organisations

4. Demonstrate how work in organisations is managed in order to improve organizational culture, organizational performance and employee outcomes

5. Apply at an introductory level several generic skills important for future academic study and professional practice, including: critical analysis; the reading, interpretation and reporting of descriptive statistics; interviewing as a data-gathering technique; and the use of evidence to support an argument.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Perspectives on people, work and organisations
  2. Trends in skills and occupations
  3. Employee voice and outcomes for organisations and people
  4. Different types of work and employment -  Part 1 (security)
  5. Different types of work and employment - Part 2 (independence)
  6. Different types of work and employment - Part 3 (industries)
  7. Inter-generational trends in labour markets
  8. Gender and ethnicity at work
  9. The impact of changing technologies: social media at work
  10. Globalisation and experiences of work in different countries
  11. The law and how it affects work: workplace health & safety

Assessment items

Quiz: In-class quizzes

Written Assignment: Written assignments

Formal Examination: End of semester exam

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students will be required to complete four hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.