Course Title: Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: BUSM8746C

Course Title: Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5369 - Diploma of Logistics

Course Contact: Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact Email: timothy.wallis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 150

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

None

Course Description

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises in accordance with relevant Australian and international regulatory requirements, standards, codes of practice and workplace procedures.

It includes analysing the enterprise’s internal and external operating environment, developing strategies to maximise enterprise outcomes, implementing and evaluating strategies, and responding to changes within the transport and logistics environment.

Work is under general guidance on progress and outcomes. It requires discretion and judgement for self and others in planning and using resources, services and processes to achieve required outcomes.

The unit generally applies to those with responsibility for resource coordination and allocation, who lead individuals or teams.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TLIP5011 Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises

Element:

1 Analyse the enterprise's internal and external operating environment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Effectiveness of the enterprise's principal services, products and competitive advantages are identified and confirmed through market analysis

1.2 External factors, including legislative requirements, changes to technology, domestic and international market variability and political constraints impinging on enterprise operations are researched and analysed

1.3 Impending changes to internal operations or the external environment are determined

1.4 Analysis is undertaken of the enterprise's capacity to operate within the defined environment, outlining opportunities to improve market share and/or positioning

1.5 Recommendations for changes to workplace structure, systems, procedures, workforce composition and market orientation are generated and documented in consideration of internal and external analysis and enterprise goals and values

Element:

2 Develop strategies to maximise enterprise outcomes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recommendations for changes to enterprise operations are assessed for feasibility and for cost-benefit from both a short- and long-term perspective

2.2 Enterprise capability and capacity to facilitate changes within financial and time constraints are assessed and documented

2.3 Recommendations and supporting documentation are circulated to relevant personnel for agreement

2.4 Strategies to implement agreed recommendations are generated and documented

2.5 Support processes, including the allocation of human, physical and financial resources, the designation of timelines and the setting of the culture and climate of the enterprise, are undertaken

Element:

3 Implement and evaluate strategies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Performance benchmarks for measuring the effectiveness of change strategies are implemented

3.2 Responsibility for implementing change strategies is clearly defined and allocated to designated personnel

3.3 Implementation processes are monitored and adjustments are made to strategies as required

3.4 Enterprise performance in relation to identified benchmarks is regularly monitored and reviewed, and adjustments are made as required

3.5 Individuals/teams are kept informed of progress in the implementation of change

Element:

4 Respond to changes within the transport and logistics environment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Nature, extent and impact of issues or changes on enterprise operations are identified

4.2 Relevant information is processed to establish priorities and responses for dealing with issues or changes

4.3 Strategies are generated/adjusted and controlled to meet changes in the transport and logistics environment

4.4 Liaison is initiated and maintained with organisations/individuals affected by changed operational practice

4.5 Actions undertaken are clearly documented and filed


Learning Outcomes


This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises in accordance with relevant Australian and international regulatory requirements, standards, codes of practice and workplace procedures.


Details of Learning Activities

A range of in class activities, case studies and face to face delivery will provide a range of learning and teaching experiences for students.


Teaching Schedule

The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows but please note that it is subject to change.  

Week

Week Commencing

Topics

Assessment

1

3 Jul

Teacher, Student intro rules, Explain Cluster and schedule, Assessment and Feedback, Deadlines and submissions and Results: competency and grades

Task 1 - explanation of blog to be completed by week 4

2

10 Jul

RACI, internal environment and Competitive advantage

 Overview of Task 2 and 3

3

17 Jul

Legislation & Regulations

Porters 5 forces and SWOT -

 

4

24 Jul

Corporate Planning, initial purpose and mission, Market power

Course evaluation assessment 20% - blog

5

31 Jul

Economies of scale, scope - market share and law

 Group Presentation overview

6

7 Aug

Operational change control process, Impact and awareness of change

 

7

14 Aug

Marketing strategy and objectives

 

8

21 Aug

Leadership and Implementation strategy

Group presentation discussion on format

28 Aug – 3 Sep  Mid-Semester Break

9

4 Sep

Case example, enabling strategies

 

10

11 Sep

Strategy implementation

 

11

18 Sep

Reviewing normal budgeting, performance and implementation and written report activities

 Overview of written report activities - Discuss final submission and hand in process

12

25 Sep

People authorisation and written report activities

 Discussion re written report and presentations

13

2 Oct

Deliverables and milestones (PDCA)

Quality management and six sigma

 

14

9 Oct

Group presentation -  (Delivery by all groups)

 

15

16 Oct

Group presentation -  (Delivery by all groups)

Submission of final work

16

23 Oct

In class facilitation and final late hand ins as agreed after extension requests

 Final submissions by extension request

 

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


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


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 effectively with others when developing and evaluating strategies for an enterprise
  • completing documentation related to developing and evaluating strategies for an enterprise
  • implementing contingency plans
  • modifying activities to cater for variations in workplace contexts and environment
  • monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule
  • operating electronic communications equipment to required protocol
  • planning and organising business systems and activities
  • prioritising work and coordinating self and others in relation to workplace activities
  • providing leadership and working collaboratively with others when developing and evaluating strategies for an enterprise
  • reading and interpreting business and market data, regulatory requirements and other planning information relevant to developing and evaluating strategies for an enterprise
  • reporting and/or rectifying identified problems promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
  • selecting and applying appropriate technology, information systems and procedures
  • working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment

Knowledge Evidence

You are required to provide evidence of the following:

  • application of current competencies within functional activity
  • application of relevant Australian and international standards and associated certification requirements
  • Australian and international regulations, codes of practice and legislative requirements relevant to workplace operations
  • current and future market initiatives including new technology, products and processes
  • operational competitor and internal business systems, resources, management and workplace operating systems
  • hazards and risk that may exist when developing and evaluating strategies for an enterprise, and ways of controlling the risks involved
  • market and other external environmental factors including the regulatory environment
  • organisational strengths and weaknesses including the competencies of individuals in the team/group
  • problems that may occur when developing and evaluating strategies for an enterprise, and action to be taken to report or resolve these problems
  • relevant work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental protection procedures and regulations
  • relevant workplace documentation procedures
  • resource availability including the competencies of individuals in the team/group
  • workplace processes for developing and evaluating strategies for an enterprise.

Feedback

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

 

Assessment Outline

Students are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all tasks to be deemed competent in this unit

Assessment Task 1
Date handed out:  Week 1 
Date and time due: Week 4
Individual: This assignment is to be completed individually                                   

Purpose: The purpose of this assessment is for the student to demonstrate the competencies and skills needed to identify key Business Strategies as outlined in weeks 1 - 4 successful completion of this and competency

Requirements:
Answer question in blog as outlined during weeks 1 - 4 - teacher will advise result in blog shell

Scope:

Learning & Assessment Activities

Week 4

 

Strategies overview

Using either your organisation, or an organisation of your choice:

1.     What are their principal services and products?

2.     What is their competitive advantage?

3.     What market analysis is conducted to confirm the effectiveness of principal services, products and competitive advantage?

 

Assessment Task 2 – Strategies Presentation
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due:  Weeks 14 & 15
Group or Individual:  Groups of no more than 4 students

Overview:All businesses should have an annual strategic plan, something to guide the activities for the year, to nominate priorities, to reflect on the current market and see how trends and changes in the market place may affect the activities of the business for the next year; like a road map to follow. So for this unit we have prepared you to create and present an outline of your Business strategies using the range of activities you have already discussed during class activities & Guide to Writing a Business Strategies template provided in blackboard.

Purpose: The purpose of this assessment is for students to demonstrate skills and competencies in preparing and delivering a Business presentation in class in front of their peers. In order to successfully implement an overview of business strategies you must get organisational buy-in.  This presentation will allow you to develop the skills of ‘selling’ your business strategies to the organisation.

Requirements: Prepare a presentation on the subject matter as outlined by the teacher during weeks 1- 14.
Using the PowerPoint template provided create a presentation outlining the key points of the plan –each member of the group must present an equal part of the presentation. In groups of not more than 4 students you will be required to present a short, 10-15-minute presentation on your plan.  You should articulate each element of your plan and why that element is important to your business. (10 mins for presentation 5 mins for questions)

Given you have only 15 minutes – you may not be able to include all elements of your report – however you should endeavour to include the most ‘mission critical’ elements.
We are expecting that while studying this unit you will be continuously gathering information and storing this within your portfolio. By doing this you should have gathered a range of information (both physical and electronic), that will assist in preparing your presentation and writing this assignment. 

We expect that this stored information and resources, from our experience, is then able to be used for both future assignments and future workplace problem solving.

Assessment Task 3 –Strategies Written Report

Date handed out:  Week 1
Date and time due:  Week 15
Group   (Same Group as Assessment Task 2)

Purpose:  The purpose of this assessment is for students to develop written report skills on the subject matter in a business like format.

Requirements: The students are to create a written report on the subject matter in a business like format as outlined by the teacher throughout the semester.

Additional note on assessment:
We are expecting that while studying this course you will be continuously gathering information in a portfolio.
By doing this you should have gathered a range of information (both physical and electronic), that will assist in writing this assignments. 
We expect that this stored information and resources, from our experience, is then able to be used for both future assignments and future workplace problem solving.

Some suggestions for what to store -:

  • The reflections that we ask you to do from time to time in your Blackboard activities
  • Your own reflections on thoughts you have while studying and how the study relates to your workplace
  • A range of relevant websites and materials from the ‘cloud’ (worldwide web)
  • Copies of regulatory and statutory requirements from external authorities
  • Some copies of documentation from your workplace that may be relevant to your activities e.g.
  • perhaps copies of policy and procedures,
  • copies of emails that you may like to discuss or reflect upon,
  • copies of documents that you have created yourself that are relevant to this unit.


Assessment Matrix

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 a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on blackboard.
  • 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. For example, Julie Macpherson, s34567, Task 2 – Safety Induction Assessment, OHTH5872C Ensure a Safe Workplace, Page 1.

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)

 

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf


Re-submissions (VE Programs)

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

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
Re-submissions are not graded and do not contribute 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:

More Information: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

 

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

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS 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
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.

 

Referencing
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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