Course Title: Manage suppliers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: BUSM8002C

Course Title: Manage suppliers

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5369 - Diploma of Logistics

Course Contact: Suzanne Maugeri

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1466

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ian Burns

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to manage suppliers in various contexts within the transport and logistics industry.

It includes assessing and building productive relationships with suppliers, and evaluating the delivery of goods/services against agreements. It also includes negotiating arrangements, resolving disagreements with suppliers and reviewing supplier performance.

The unit generally applies to those who lead individuals or teams.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TLIR5014 Manage suppliers


1 Assess suppliers and build productive relationships

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Criteria to effectively evaluate supplier services are developed and documented

1.2  Existing suppliers are assessed against criteria

1.3  Availability and suitability of alternate suppliers who can meet the service support requirements within legislative requirements are identified

1.4  Terms and conditions of suppliers to achieve service requirements are established and communicated

1.5  Cooperative relationships are developed with suppliers in accordance with organisational policies and procedures


2 Evaluate delivery of goods and/or services against agreements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Quality of goods and services supplied is assessed against criteria

2.2 Non-compliance is identified, documented and corrective action is implemented within the terms of contractual arrangements

2.3 Contingency plans are developed should suppliers fail to deliver

2.4 Relationships with suppliers are managed to support effective delivery


3 Negotiate arrangements with suppliers

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Arrangements with suppliers are negotiated and implemented in accordance with organisational policies and procedures

3.2  Market factors that may affect the supply of goods and services are identified and communicated to relevant personnel

3.3  Immediate corrective action is taken in consultation with suppliers where potential or actual problems are indicated


4 Resolve disagreements with suppliers

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Disagreements with suppliers are investigated to identify validity and causes

4.2 Disagreements are negotiated and resolved

4.3 Amendments to agreements, as a consequence of the resolution of disagreements, are documented

4.4 Approval is sought and obtained for amendments

4.5 Approved amendments are communicated to suppliers and relevant personnel


5 Review performance of suppliers

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Suppliers are continuously reviewed for quality, profitability, service, delivery status and other relevant performance indicators

5.2 Supplier performance is evaluated against purchasing agreement requirements

5.3 Suppliers are informed of evaluation outcomes as required

5.4 Recommendations about future use of suppliers are made to relevant personnel

5.5 Suppliers are deleted from supplier shortlist according to criteria

Learning Outcomes

This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to manage suppliers in various contexts within the transport and logistics industry.

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.


Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete this course.  This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

This course is co-delivered with BUSM8001C Manage Customer Service





Week 1

5 February 2018

Introduction to course


Reading: Lecture Notes Week 1 and associated inclass activities 


Week 2

12 February 2018

Managing Customer Service

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 2 and associated inclass activities   


Week 3

19 February 2018

Understanding What Motivates People

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 3 and associated inclass activities   


Week 4

26 February 2018

Continuous Improvement for Customer Service

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 4 and associated inclass activities   


Week 5

5 March 2018

Levels of customer service

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 5 and associated inclass activities   


Week 6

12 March 2018

Customer feedback

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 6 and associated inclass activities  


Week 7

19 March 2018

Managing Suppliers

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 7 and associated inclass activities   


Week 8

26 March 2018

Quality Assurance Procedures

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 8 and associated inclass activities 


Mid-Semester Break 

29 March - 4 April 2018

Week 8 Cont. 

5 April 2018

Quality Assurance Procedures

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 8 and associated inclass activities 


Week 9

9 April 2018

Assessing Potential Suppliers and Building Productive Relationships.

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 9 and associated inclass activities  

Assessment 1:  Customer Service Management Report

Due: 11:59PM Sunday 15 April 2018 (online submission)

Week 10

16 April 2018

Service Level Agreements

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 10 and associated inclass activities  


Week 11

23 April 2018

Negotiating Arrangements with Suppliers

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 11 and associated inclass activities  


Week 12

30 April 2018

Resolving Disagreements with Suppliers ( Presentations )

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 12 and associated inclass activities   


Week 13

7 May 2018

Reviewing  Performance of Suppliers

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 13 and associated inclass activities   


Week 14

14 May 2018

Ending supplier contracts

Reading: Lecture Notes Week 14 and associated inclass activities

Assessment 2:  Supplier Management Portfolio

Due: 11:59 PM Sunday 20 May 2018 (online submission)

Week 15

21 May  2018

 Revision and Review



Week 16

28 May 2018





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of final printed documents
  • demonstration of techniques
  • observation of presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of software applications

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Performance  Evidence

You will be required to provide evidence of the following skills:

  • applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures
  • communicating and working effectively with others when managing suppliers
  • completing documentation related to work activities
  • implementing contingency plans
  • modifying activities depending on operational contingencies, risk situations and environments
  • monitoring and prioritising work activities in terms of planned schedule
  • operating electronic communications equipment to required protocol
  • reading and interpreting instructions, procedures, information and signs relevant to managing suppliers
  • reporting and/or rectifying identified problems, faults or malfunctions promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
  • sourcing, managing, evaluating and reviewing suppliers.

Knowledge Evidence

You are required to provide evidence of the following:

  • code of practice for working collaboratively with others
  • common use arrangements
  • contract performance and dispute policies and procedures
  • financial accountability requirements
  • operation of recording, reporting and statistical analysis systems and resources
  • organisational policies, procedures, plans, guidelines and code of conduct relevant to procurement and supply contracts
  • organisational procedures for monitoring the performance of suppliers
  • probity requirements and ethical issues
  • procedures for operating electronic communications equipment
  • procedures for receipt and payment of goods and services
  • procurement approval procedures
  • relevant sections of national and state/territory regulatory requirements and codes of practice related to procurement
  • requirements for completing relevant documentation
  • steps involved in planning the work activities
  • suppliers in the marketplace.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.

Assessment Tasks

This course is co-assessed with BUSM8001C Manage Customer Service

Students are required to complete 2 tasks. You must successfully complete both tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.Students are required to complete 2 tasks. You must successfully complete both tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment Task 1 – Customer Service Management Report

Date and time due: Week 9 
Group or Individual: This is an Individual Assessment 

Understanding the requirements of your customers and planning to meet these is crucial to the success of any organisation.  Without customers you don’t have a business.  However, everyone can easily cite numerous examples of very bad customer service and while most companies think they have good customer service sometimes the reality is very different.

Assessment Task 2 – Supplier Management Portfolio

Date and time due: Week 14 
Group or Individual: This assignment is to be completed individually                                        


In the T&L industry much of the supply chain relies on having good suppliers who meet deadlines and provide the appropriate products as requested. Because this is such an important part of the supply chain it is incumbent on managers in the industry to build excellent relationships with these suppliers and to have strict procedures in place to ensure quality services. In order for you to be able to build those relationships and have the appropriate documentation in order you will require a set of tools to assist you.


Assessment Matrix

For these  assessment tasks you need to draw upon what you have learned throughout the course.


Assessment Matrix


The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS.


Submission Requirements

You should: 

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.


Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.


More Information


Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration.  Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.


More Information:


If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. 

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.


Grading & re-submissions
Successful re-submissions will contribute a CAG only (Competency Achieved Grading) result to your overall grade for the course.


Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:


Marking Guide (Competency):
You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.


You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.


Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:


Final Grades table:



Competent with High Distinction


Competent with Distinction


Competent with Credit


Competency Achieved – Graded


Competency Achieved – Not Graded


Not Yet Competent


Did Not Submit for assessment


Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.





Other Information

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment and may occur in oral, written or visual presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own.

The penalties for cheating in assessment are severe, whether the cheating involves plagiarism, fabrication, falsification of data, copyright infringement or some other method. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. It is also a disciplinary offence for you to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student.

RMIT Business produce their own referencing guidelines entitled written reports and essays: guidelines for referencing and presentation in RMIT Business which all Business students should use.

RMIT Business referencing guidelines (RTF, 1,286 KB, 52 pages); A supporting Referencing website has been developed for the RMIT Business guidelines.You can find out more about Academic Integrity at RMIT’s Academic Integrity webpage.

Group Assessment
A number of your assessments will rely upon group work. This is a critical part of your program as in the workplace you will be regularly required to work in a team environment. Teamwork is also one of the key employability skills for this qualification.

The key to being successful in group work is getting to know your classmates and finding out what they want to achieve. You should seek to find a team which shares your key interests and drivers.

If you are facing issues with your group, the key is to resolve them quickly well before assessments are due. If you need to you can seek support from your teacher. 


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