Course Title: Manage a small team

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: BUSM6261C

Course Title: Manage a small team

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5228 - Diploma of Photoimaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Guy Little
Phone: 03 9925 4865


Nominal Hours: 40

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

On completion of this course you will have the ability to manage a small team of personnel to achieve a set goal.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBSMB407A Manage a small team


Element 1 Develop staffing plan

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Determine staffing requirements to allow the business to run effectively, in accordance with the business requirements as outlined in the business plan
1.2 Identify and compare the existing skills/competencies of owner/s and staff with business requirements to identify any gaps
1.3 Develop policies and procedures for owner/s and staff, in accordance with the business plan


Element 2 Recruit, induct, train and retain the team

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop job/position descriptions, competencies required and selection criteria to meet the needs of the business
2.2 Judge information obtained from each candidate against specified selection criteria and decide selection in accordance with business needs and legal requirements
2.3 Induct new staff members in accordance with the policies and procedures of the business
2.4 Make team members aware of their responsibilities and performance requirements as soon as practicable and take opportunities to coach team members who are unfamiliar with the procedures of the business
2.5 Develop and implement a staff development program and career paths based on the requirements of business and staff competencies
2.6 Advertise staff vacancies appropriately in accordance with staffing plan


Element 3 Comply with INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS obligations

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Clarify workplace rights and obligations of employers and employees, in accordance with legal requirements and codes of practice
3.2 Counsel staff, if required, in a positive and constructive manner and record outcomes accurately


Element 4 Maintain staff records

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Develop staff records system to provide timely and accurate information, in accordance with confidentiality, legal and taxation requirements
4.2 Monitor and accurately maintain the system for recording and retrieving personnel and payroll information and seek specialist advice where required


Element 5 Manage staff

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Regularly review contribution and skills of self and other team members to ensure performance is in line with agreed performance measures
5.2 Monitor and adjust staffing requirements to respond to any changes in tasks and functions required by the business
5.3 Support and encourage staff, and acknowledge and reward their contribution to the business
5.4 Regularly provide opportunities for staff to discuss work related issues
5.5 Develop contingency plans to cope with unexpected or extreme situations and take appropriate corrective action as required


Element 6 Review team performance

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Develop positive and constructive relationships with and between team members
6.2 Review and update team objectives in support of business goals on a regular basis in consultation with team members
6.3 Identify strengths and weaknesses of team against current and expected work requirements
6.4 Schedule time, on a regular basis, for team members to review work operations in order to maintain and improve operational efficiency
6.5 Encourage team members to monitor their own performance, suggest improvements and to identify professional development needs, in accordance with personal and business requirements
6.6 Monitor and review staff turnover rate

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to describe the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage own performance and professional development. You will have developed skills in setting and meeting priorities, analysing information and using a range of strategies to further develop your skills.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include

guest lecturers
group discussion
online research
independent project based work
teacher directed group activities/projects
class exercises to review discussions/lectures

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentAssessment taskElements
1Course Intro & Assessment outline  
2Staff & Meetings 1
3Teamwork & Meetings 2
4Industry & Meetings 3
5Record Keeping & Meetings 4
6Management & Performance & Meetings 5
7Team Review & Meetings 6
8Meetings  3-6
9Meetings  3-6
10Meetings Formative 1 3-6
11Meetings Formative 2 3-6
12Meetings Formative 3 3-6
13Meetings Formative 4 3-6
14Meetings Formative 5 3-6
15Meetings  3-6
16Assessment Summatvie 1 4-6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Please refer to my reading list on Blackboard
You are advised to make use of RMIT’s library database facilities and to look at the Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
Re RMIT Library database - tutorials

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may inculde; class participation, group or individual activites or presentations, written assignments.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and practical group projects. Assessment tasks Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial summative assessment tasks. To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment. For further information on the grading system please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Formative Assessment

1. Participation in group meetings for Grad Show

2. Provide a invite list to in the format provided of between 5- 15 people.
3. Provide a photograph of yourself and blurb for the Grade Show Booklet.

4. Open Day assigned task

5. Practice giving a thank you speech for the Grad Show.
In front of the class. I will give you some of the structure.
And I may ask you to do this a number of times until
you get it right.


Summative Assessment

1. Demonstration of graduation exhibition planning.
You are required on the last class to submit typed written
evidence of what you have done towards the graduate
exhibition planning and organization.
Include any additional material to substantiate your


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

You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. This feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please advise teacher in advance if an extension of time or special consideration is required for submission of work. Refer to the course Blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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.
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