Course Title: Plan for international trade

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: MKTG5796C

Course Title: Plan for international trade

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4222 - Certificate IV in International Trade

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Barry Whyms

9925 5437

Nominal Hours: 50

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 required

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to effectively plan for the international trade of goods.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBINT409B Plan for international trade


3. Evaluate packing, marking and stowage requirements for a variety of cargo

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Protection, presentation and preservation requirements are analysed and advice prepared
3.2 Range of containers available for international cargo is analysed and evaluated for use
3.3 Marking requirements are evaluated and correct marking advice prepared
3.4 Risk factors in relation to packing and storing of goods for transportation are identified and appropriate options selected


1. Evaluate the most appropriate transport method and route and protection/security options according to particular cargo and delivery requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Business context of cargo movement is ascertained
1.2 Factors to be considered in route/mode selection are examined
1.3 Conditions and risks of different routes are evaluated in relation to delivery requirements
1.4 Resources that provide information on the current service status of particular transport routes are utilised


2. Review shipping and airfreight services available for transporting cargo

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Airlines and air cargo services operating in and out of Australia are identified
2.2 Configuration and carrying capacity of different types of aircraft are compared
2.3 Shipping services and types of ocean vessels operating in and out of Australia are identified
2.4 Different types of shipping services are compared
2.5 Configurations and carrying capacities of different types of ocean vessels are compared


4. Calculate international freight and other shipment costs

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Types of rates, volume to weight ratio factors, volume rules including rounding off and allowable projections, principles and methods of rating cargo for international carriage by sea are examined and applied
4.2 Variations in calculating shipping charges caused by surcharges and other variants are taken into account
4.3 Costs of shipping a variety of goods by the several types of ocean service are calculated and compared
4.4 Types of rates, volume to weight ratio factors, volume rules including rounding off, principles and methods of rating cargo for international carriage by air are examined and applied
4.5 Variations in calculating airfreight charges caused by the applicability of TACT rates, fuel surcharges and other variants, and exchange rates are explained
4.6 Costs of shipping a variety of goods by different air cargo services are calculated and compared
4.7 Postal and courier freight rates and size/weight factors and limitations are investigated and communicated
4.8 Rates and costs associated with the chartering of vessels and aircraft are investigated and communicated
4.9 Rating principles and methods used in domestic, sea, road, rail and air transport are investigated and communicated
4.10 All standard and extraordinary ancillary shipment costs are investigated on a door-to-door basis applicable in each mode
4.11 The total cost concept and other factors that may determine whether cargo is carried by air or sea, or a combination of both (multimodal transport) are investigated and communicated


5. Identify the cargo insurance and claim requirements for goods

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The need for cargo insurance is evaluated
5.2 Standard types of cover arrangements used by underwriters are investigated
5.3 Documents to be lodged with carriers, forwarders, insurance underwriters and customs in cargo loss or damage situations are identified and completed for a hypothetical situation

Learning Outcomes

This course applies to individuals with the skills and knowledge to evaluate options when planning for the international trade of goods. The planning activity will usually be in the context of providing a preliminary quotation, a quotation, a supplemtary advice on a quotation, or when evaluating a freight contract received from a buyer or seller

Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities

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

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussions, 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 learning activities


Teaching Schedule

Week and Detail

0. Pre-training review

1. Introduction to Transport

2. Physical components of transport systems

3. Rail transport

4. Road transport

5. Student Study Week

6. Infrastructure elements inclusing packaging and risk

7. Road and rail inventory costings

8. Intermodal and intramodal operations

Mid Semester Break

9. Shipping

10. Terminals and cargos

11. Chartering, transport costings and models

12. Scheduling

13. Air transport and total cost concept

14. Cargo insurance and documentation

15. Finalisation of major project

16. Presentation of project

17. Finalisation of results, interviews and feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Notes on Plan for International Trade to be purchased from RMIT Bookshop


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises, presentations and practical tests. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

Task One - Mini Test covering cargo concepts inclusing road and rail modes

Task Two - Mini Test covering terminals, warehousing, inventory and unitisation concepts

Task Three - Mini Test  covering Air and Sea shipping concepts and practices

Task Four - This project will comprise a major written and group assignment to cover all elements and criteria

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Graded Assessment at RMIT

At RMIT, the grades to be used for VET programs are:
DNS - Did not submit for assessment
NYC - Not yet competent
CAG - Competency achieved – graded
CC - Competent with credit
CDI - Competent with distinction
CHD - Competent with high distinction

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