Course Title: Plan for international trade

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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.


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


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

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Ascertain business context of cargo movement
1.2. Examine factors to be considered in route/mode selection
1.3. Evaluate conditions and risks of different routes in relation to delivery requirements
1.4. Utilise resources that provide information on the current service status of particular transport routes


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Analyse and prepare protection, presentation and preservation requirements
3.2. Analyse range of containers available for international cargo and evaluate for use
3.3. Evaluate marking requirements and prepare correct marking advice
3.4. Identify risk factors in relation to packing and storing of goods for transportation and select appropriate options


4. Calculate international freight and other shipment costs

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Examine and apply 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
4.2. Take into account, variations in calculating shipping charges caused by surcharges and other variants
4.3. Calculate and compare costs of shipping a variety of goods by the several types of ocean service
4.4. Examine and apply types of rates, volume-to-weight ratio factors, volume rules including rounding off, principles and methods of rating cargo for international carriage by air
4.5. Explain variations in calculating airfreight charges caused by the applicability of TACT rates, fuel surcharges, other variants, and exchange rates
4.6. Calculate and compare costs of shipping a variety of goods by different air cargo services
4.7. Investigate and communicate postal and courier freight rates and size/weight factors and limitations
4.8. Investigate and communicate rates and costs associated with chartering vessels and aircraft
4.9. Investigate and communicate rating principles and methods used in domestic, sea, road, rail and air transport
4.10. Investigate all standard and extraordinary ancillary shipment costs on a door-to-door basis applicable in each mode
4.11. Investigate and communicate 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)


5. Identify the cargo insurance and claim requirements for goods

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Evaluate the need for cargo insurance
5.2. Investigate the standard types of cover arrangements used by underwriters
5.3. Identify documents to be lodged with carriers, forwarders, insurance underwriters and customs in cargo loss or damage situations and complete for a hypothetical situation


2. Review shipping and airfreight services available for transporting cargo

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Identify airlines and air cargo services operating in and out of Australia
2.2. Compare configuration and carrying capacity of different types of aircraft
2.3. Identify shipping services and types of ocean vessels operating in and out of Australia
2.4. Compare different types of shipping services
2.5. Compare configurations and carrying capacities of different types of ocean vessels

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

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

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

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

Teaching Schedule


Pre-training review:
Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy

2.Introduction to transport systems Terminals cargoes.

3 Physical components of transport systems

4.Rail Transport

5.Road Transport, Intial Course Evaluation Assessment

6.Rail and Road costings

7.Infrastrucre elements including packaging and insurance risk

8.First Mini test one

9.Inventory Costs and Calculations

10.Shipping - Scheduled

11.Shipping - Charters

12.Air Transport Scheduled and Charters

13.Air Transport costings

14.Multimodal and Intermodal

15.Final Test.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Plan for Intl Trade Course Notes. Purchase from RMIT Book Shop 


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

The critical aspects of assessment are:
• Validity – the assessment tool is designed and implemented so that it measures performance accurately and precisely
• Reliability – the assessment tool is designed and implemented so that the measurements received are consistent over a period of time or a number of assessment events
• Fairness – the assessment tool is designed and implemented so that it is non-discriminatory and unambiguous
• Flexibility – the assessment tool is designed to allow for its application in a range of different contexts and conditions, and uses a range of methodologies.

Submission Requirements


Assessment 1 Test (1)

Assessment 2 Final Test

Assessment 3 Project.

Assessment tasks may need to be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• 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 work for assessment 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, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Marking Guide (competency):
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to the task


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in the assessments system. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all requirements in all the assessment tasks.


We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing pertinent issues and how these might be addressed.


If required by the teacher we would expect to see ongoing uploading of information into Pebble Pad that is relevant to the unit, full utilisation of Pebble Pad and Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled Collaborate sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to management issues in the workplace.

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.

Assessment Matrix

Full details on how this course is assessed against the Unit elements and performance criteria plus critical aspects of evidence can be found in the Learning and Assessment Tool available from your course teacher.

Other Information

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course includes all planned activities including face to face classes, lectures. Workshops and seminars; workplace visits, on line learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning. The total scheduled hours also covers the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others providing third party evidence and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

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