Course Title: Undertake small business planning

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: BUSM6406C

Course Title: Undertake small business planning

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 39925-4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Viv Weir
Phone: 9925-8012

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


Course Description

This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge required to research and develop a business plan for achieving business goals and objectives.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBSMB404A Undertake small business planning


Element 1 Identify elements of a business plan

Performance Criteria:

1.1 identify purpose of the business plan
1.2 Identify and review the essential components of the business plan
1.3 Identify and document business goals and objectives as a basis for measuring business performance


Element 2 Develop a business plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research resources, legal and compliance requirements, specifically in relation to occupational health and safety (OHS), in accordance with business goals and objectives.
2.2 Research market needs, and market size and potential
2.3 Identify sources and costs of finance, from the financial plan, to provide required liquidity and profitability for the business
2.4 Identify methods, from the marketing strategies, to promote the market exposure of the business
2.5 Identify methods/means of production/operation from the production/operations plan to conform with business goals and objectives
2.6 Identify staffing requirements to effectively produce/deliver products/services
2.7 Identify specialist services and sources of advice, where required, and cost in accordance with resources available


Element 3 Develop strategies for minimising risks

Performance Criteria:

3.1 identify specific interests and objectives of relevant people and see and confirm their support of the planning business direction
3.2Identify and develop risk management strategies according to business goals and objectives, and relevant legal requirements
3.3 Develop contingency plans to address possible areas of non-conformance with the plan

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to identify the research and planning required to develop of Business Plan for a small business.


Details of Learning Activities

In class activities
Group discussion
Class exercises
Class presentations

Out-of-class activities
Online research


Teaching Schedule

WeekClass content       Elements
1Course overview and assessment
Psychology of business – motivation, barriers to success, goal setting.
Developing a concept
2Personal career audit
SWOT analysis
Business planning – establishment costs
Obtaining an ABN
The impact of the GST
3Business and legal requirements. Choosing an appropriate business structure
The use of advisors – lawyers, accountants, government agencies, consultants
O.H. & S. requirements
Career Audit2.1, 2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7
4The strategies of marketing
Defining a market for your product/service
Writing a press release
Business and legal requirements. Choosing an appropriate business structure
 2.2, 2.3,2.4,
5Writing a business plan
Purpose of the components of the plan
Layout and presentation of the plan
Online research1.2, 1.3
6Excursion – Business VictoriaExcursion 
7Development of Business Plan
Refining Plan and planning presentation
Draft Plan1.1-3
3 1-3
8Presentation of Business PlanAssessment
Business Plan – 60%
Presentation – 40%

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will demonstrate the research and creation of a small business concept relevant to the Music Industry.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site. 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

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration




Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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