Course Title: Plan and implement a transport and logistics system for an international trade organisation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: OMGT5035

Course Title: Plan and implement a transport and logistics system for an international trade organisation

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6144 - Advanced Diploma of International Business

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: 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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and implement a transport and logistics system within an international trade organisation or relevant workplace environment. It also includes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the transport and logistics system.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21668 Plan and implement a transport and logistics system for an international trade organisation

Element:

1. Determine a suitable transport and logistics system for international trade organisations.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse transport and logistics systems to assess potential contribution to the attainment of organisational goals and objectives. 1.2 Identify transport and logistics needs of all stakeholders. 1.3 Research and analyse constraints that may impact on transport and logistics systems 1.4 Identify and analyse operating environment of the transport and logistics systems. 1.5 Develop transport and logistics strategy in accordance with relevant regulatory and organisational requirements.

Element:

2. Develop and implement a transport and logistics system for an international trade organisation.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Establish policies, procedures and work practice guidelines to ensure the transport and logistic system is legal, ethical and functional. 2.2 Determine resource requirements of the transport and logistics system. 2.3 Establish organisational review and reporting protocols for the transport and logistics system. 2.4 Develop implementation plan for the transport and logistics system in accordance with relevant regulatory and organisational requirements. 2.5 Implement the transport and logistics plan in the required time period. 2.6 Establish a local and international receiving and distribution network.

Element:

3. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the transport and logistics system

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Establish critical success factors and key performance indicators for a transport and logistics system. 3.2 Establish timelines for the objectives of a transport and logistics system. 3.3 Implement performance monitoring systems linked to the management information system to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the transport and logistics system.


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 implement a transport and logistics system within an international trade organisation or relevant workplace environment. It also includes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the transport and logistics system.


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

This course is co-delivered with BUSM6356C Develop & Implement Strategic Plans

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 5

2

10 Jul

Situational Analysis System Planning, Framework and Information – Vision Mission Strategic Planning Identify transport and logistics needs of all stakeholders.

 Overview of Task 2 and 3

3

17 Jul

Information analysis, The marketing plan and principles and Organisational Values

 

4

24 Jul

SWOT analysis political, economic, social, and technological developments in a global context

 

5

31 Jul

Product Analysis, Distributor and Competitor financial analysis pages. Check that analysis of internal and external environment is consistent with the perspectives of other informed people

Course evaluation assessment  - blog due

6

 

7 Aug

Systems and Strategies Plan Environment and Summary (group presentation overview) Marketing strategy and objectives. Develop implementation plan for the transport and logistics system in accordance with relevant regulatory and organisational requirements.

 Group Presentation overview

7

14 Aug

Marketing, Product and Promotion tactics, Document relevant research and background for inclusion in the strategic plan

 Group presentation discussion on format

8

21 Aug

Distribution, Pricing other tactics Detail each strategy with an assigned priority, a timeframe, responsible parties and measurable performance indicators

 

28 Aug – 3 Sep  Mid-Semester Break

9

4 Sep

Review strategic plan for comment, support and endorsement

 

10

11 Sep

Reviewing, budgeting, performance and implementation and written report activities

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

11

18 Sep

Detail each strategy with an assigned priority, a timeframe, responsible parties and measurable performance indicators

 

12

25 Sep

Establish critical success factors Deliverables and Milestones (PDCA ) and written report activities - performance indicators to monitor progress in implementing plan

 

13

2 Oct

Review effectiveness of plan and consider methods for improving strategic planning processes and discussion re written report progress.

Discussion re written report and presentations 

14

9 Oct

Group presentation -  (Delivery by all groups)

In class facilitation and assessment written report due

Task 2 due

Submission of final work

15

16 Oct

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

 

16

23 Oct

Feedback & Re-submissions

 

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 are required to provide evidence of what someone competent in the workplace is able to do and what is acceptable evidence to permit an assessor to make a professional judgment. Evidence provided is to be related to:

  • developing a transport and logistics system for an international trade organisation including:
    - an implementation plan for transport and logistics system; policies
    - procedures and work guidelines,
    - resource requirements,_ reviewing and reporting protocols
  • monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the transport and logistics system
  • knowledge of transport and logistics systems in international trade.

Further, you will be required to provide evidence of the following:

communication skills to:

  • convey information in order tmanage international freight transfer operations
    - complete documentation pertaining tinternational transport and logistics systems
    - maintain workplace records and documentation pertaining ttransport and logistics operations
    - question, clarify, discuss and report on logistics needs with stakeholders
    - access, read and interpret business and market data, regulatory requirements and other planning information
  • numeracy skills for the analysis of statistical data
  • language and literacy skills tread and interpret instructions, procedures and information
  • planning skills to:
    - implement performance monitoring and management information systems
    - monitor work activities in terms of planned schedule
    - modify activities depending on differing operational contingencies, risk situations and environments
  • technological skills tselect appropriate transport and logistics information systems and procedures.

Knowledge Evidence

Further, you are required to provide evidence of the following:

  • transport and logistics system in international trading
  • Government and the impact of legislation on transport and logistics policies, practices and conventions – national and international
  • logistics contractual obligations and liabilities
  • insurance requirements for human resources, inventory, plant and equipment
  • internal and external logistics brokers
  • technological developments including automated handling and electronic data interchange (EDI)
  • informational and points of contact for varying types of transport and logistics operations/alternatives – politicians, industry advisory bodies and brokers
  • budgetary considerations for development, implementation and operation
  • public and private ownership of transport networks
  • inventory systems in the transport and logistics industry
  • integration of transport and logistics system reporting intMIS
  • sourcing and purchasing and materials management – policies, procedures and planning
  • organisational critical success factors and key performance indicators
  • technology used in transport and logistics
  • transport and logistics systems:
    - automated and manual
    - just in time (JIT)tracking
  • transport and storage of hazardous materials
  • transport and logistics local and international trends
  • customer service processes in the transport and logistics industry
  • management information and reporting requirements in the transport and logistics industry
  • cost/benefit analysis processes
  • legislative requirements, policies and procedures transport and logistics industry
  • materials handling equipment

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

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with BUSM6356C Develop & Implement Strategic Plans

Students are required to complete 3 tasks for these conjoined subjects. 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 5
Group or 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 Plan and Strategies as outlined in weeks 1 – 4.
Requirements:
Answer question in blog as outlined during weeks 1 - 4 - teacher will advise result in blog shell
Scope:
Learning & Assessment Activities
Week 5
Strategies overview
Using either your organisation, or an organisation of your choice:
1. What are their organisations 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 – System and Strategies Plan Presentation

Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 14
Group or Individual: Groups of no more than 4 students

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 a business plan you must get organisational buy-in. This presentation will allow you to develop the skills of ‘selling’ your business plan 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 business 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 business plan. You should articulate each element of your strategy and system plan and why that element is important to your business.
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 and Business Plan Written Report

Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 15
Group or individual: (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.


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 resubmission.  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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