Course Title: Establish networks

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: BUSM6222C

Course Title: Establish networks

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5216 - Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Janis Lesinskis

9925 4982

Nominal Hours: 35

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 unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and maintain effective work relationships and networks. It covers the relationship building and negotiation skills required by workers within an organisation as well as freelance or contract workers.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBREL401A Establish networks


Develop and maintain business networks

Performance Criteria:

Use appropriate network strategies to establish and maintain relationships that promote the development of business opportunities
Identify and pursue network opportunities to maximise a range of contacts
Communicate information regarding new networks to inform individuals, colleagues and clients of potential benefits
Participate in professional networks and associations to obtain and maintain personal knowledge and skills


Establish and maintain business relationships

Performance Criteria:

Develop and maintain relationships to promote benefits consistent with organisational/client requirements
Gain and maintain trust and confidence of contacts through demonstration of high standards of business practices
Use a high level of negotiation skills to encourage positive outcomes
Identify difficult situations and negotiate solutions using collaborative problem-solving techniques
Seek specialist advice in the development of contacts where appropriate


Promote the relationship

Performance Criteria:

Develop strategies to represent and promote the interests and requirements of the relationship
Use appropriate presentation skills to communicate the goals and objectives of the relationship
Effectively communicate issues, policies and practices of the relationship to a range of audiences, in writing and verbally
Obtain feedback to identify and develop ways to improve promotional activities within available opportunities

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will have accumulated network details and developed strategies for professional networking activities

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of class workshops and on location projects that will help equip you with the skills to successfully manage a film production to industry standard.
Activities will utilise blended learning with both face to face classes and online network tools that may combine:

  • lectures
  • group discussion
  • independent information gathering
  • independent project based work
  • teacher directed group activities/projects

Out-of-class activities:

  • online information gathering and research
  • networking events

Teaching Schedule


1Types of networks  1
2Government and other  bodies and organisations1.Formative: Industry organisations 1
3Industry based networks  2
4Networking strategies  1, 2
5Web based businesses and services2.Formative: Networked services 1, 2
6Profile building  1, 2
7Special interest groups3.Formative: Associations, guilds and communities 1, 2, 3
8Social media  3
9Web presence  3
10Network building1.Summative: Contact, participation and opportunities 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Students are expected to familiarise themselves with networks accessible through:
Screen Australia,

Other Resources

You will require access to the internet and a computer.

Resources will be introduced in class.
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information, plus
key network services used for crew and casting calls including:

  • Film Victoria
  • FILM VICTORIA industry directory
  • Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA)
  • Australian Writers Guild (AWG)
  • Association Directors Guild (ADG)
  • Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS)
  • Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM)
  • Australian Screen Editors guild
  • Women in Film and Televsion (WIFT)
  • Australian Video Producers Association
  • Screen Hub
  • FilmNet
  • Encore Directory
  • AT2
  • StarNow
  • Quiet on set,
  • Withoutabox
  • Filmlinker
  • Pozible
  • Kisckstarter

Overview of Assessment

Assessment calls for each student to present evidence of: Finding industry-relevant and useful organizations and networks and identifying their core objectives and policies;
Setting up a record of relevant contacts;
Formulating their own networking strategies;
Identifying opportunities for networking.
Providing evidence of contributing towards a networking event.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of
assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Formative assessment

1. Formative assessment task.  Industry organisations (due week 2)

Find the following government or industry bodies or organisations and show that you understand what the main purposes, objectives and activities are of each one the following:

Screen Australia

Film Victoria


2.Formative assessment task. Networked services (due week 5)

Choose five of the following screen production networks and briefly describe what the main purpose and objectives are for each one you chose:

List the purpose and activities of the five you choose.

3. Formative assessment task. Associations, guilds and communities
(due week 7)

Find the following industry groups or networks and show that you understand what the main purposes, objectives and activities are of each one the following:

Screen Producers of Australia (SPA)
Australian Writers Guild (AWG)
Australian Directors Guild (ADG)
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS)
Australia Screen Editors (ASE)
Australian Teachers of Media
Women in Film and Televsion (WIFT)
Australian Video Producers Association (AVPA)

Channel 31


List the purpose and activities of each one.


Summative assessment tasks

1.Contact, participation and opportunities (due week 10)

a) Choose two networks that you think will be relevant and useful to you in your own professional development.They may be directly related to groups or networks you have looked at in the previous assessment tasks or may decide to add other network you have found yourself. Briefly explain why you made those choices and describe how you intend to make contact and take part in them.

b) Gather contact details and information relating to a specific event or activity that will increase or expand your chances of further networking.This may be attending a specific event or meeting, becoming a member of a professional guild or association, joining a special interest group, participating in a forum or mail list, etc.

Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
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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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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