Course Title: Plan for international trade

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: MKTG5796C

Course Title: Plan for international trade

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

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

Teacher:  Justin Briggs

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


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


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

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 classroom based activities.
The self-paced activities will be delivered thought 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 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

19 Feb

Induction and pre-training review
• Course delivery and assessment details
• Course support documents
• Online learning environment
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
Overview of the specific technology required for this course:
o Blackboard

216 FebIntroduction to 10 Steps of International Trade.Assessment 1 discussion Assessment Task 2 Hand out
323 FebIntroduction to Import and Export Documentation. 
42 MarIntroduction to Transport General 
59 Mar

Introduction to Transport General

Monday 9 March - Labour Day (public holiday)

616 MarIntroduction to Air, Sea, Road & Rail Freight Services 
723 MarIntroduction to Air, Sea, Road & Rail Freight Services 
8a30 MarIntroduction to E- Logistics and the Internet. 
 2 - 8 Apr Semester Break 
8b9 -10 AprSelf-directed Study Assessment Task 2 
913 AprIntroduction to Intercoms 
1020 AprIntroduction to International Payment TermsAssessment Tasks 1
1127 AprFreight Costs 1 
124 MayFreight Costs 2 
1311 MayFreight Insurance 1 
1418 MayFreight Insurance 2 
1525 MayRevision and reviewAssessment Task 2 Due
161 JuneResubmissions and Resits 

This may be subject to change throughout the semester

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Russell Burke - International Logistics and Freight Forwarding Manual 4th Edition. 978-0-9580908

Bloomberg, Murray, Hanna - The Management of Integrated Logistics ( A Pacific Rim Perspective ) 2nd Edition 978-072-480-6720

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

Assessment Tasks 1
Date handed out: Week 10

Date and time due: Week 10

Group or Individual: This assignment is to be completed individually

Purpose: This assessment allows you to demonstrate your knowledge of Different modes of transport used for international trade.

Requirements: The test will be 1 .5 hours in duration, consisting of multiple choice & written explanation questions.

Scope: The test will cover all study areas examined up to and including week 9: There will be a total of 20 questions which will be weighted in accordance with their relevance to the subject matter & importance in showing your understanding of the material covered. 

Assessment Task 2 – Portfolio of Evidence
Date handed out: Week 2
Date and time due: Week 15 27th of May 2015 ( 5.00pm )
Group or Individual: Group ( 3 students per group )

Throughout this course you will be required to complete a comprehensive Business Plan ( Small Business Victoria Business Plan Template ) based upon one of the companies and products allocated to your group, in order to demonstrate your ability to:
1. Evaluate the most appropriate transport method, route and protection/security options according to cargo and delivery requirements
2. Review shipping and airfreight services available for transporting cargo
3. Evaluate packing, marking and stowage requirements for a variety of cargo
4. Calculate international freight and other shipment costs
5. Identify cargo insurance and claim requirements for goods
6. Assess and evaluate the total cost of importation to maximize R.O.I
7. S.W.O.T analysis of your company & market place of your product
You will be required to prepare the Business Plan based on the, and provide a summary of each of the 6 activities outlining your groups business plan.

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, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.
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:
Form to use:
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.
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Form to use:
Resubmissions (VET Programs):
If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.
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.

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:;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

Assessment Matrix

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