Course Title: Establish and manage contracts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: BUSM6420C

Course Title: Establish and manage contracts

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5231 - Diploma of Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Simon Embury
Phone: (03) 9925 4345


Nominal Hours: 70

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 delivered in conjunction with the course: Ensure Team Effectiveness EMPL 5647C
These combined courses are delivered by a combination of classroom and on-the-job activities. It is recommended that you complete a minimum of 70 hours (two weeks) of approved on-the-job industry placement to prepare you for post-program employment in the AV industry.

You will gain the following skills and knowledge from this course:
- Career planning advice
- Resume preparation
- Job seeking skills
- Negotiation skills
- Teamwork skills

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM10A Establish and manage contracts


Element 1Clarify the requirements of both parties to the contract.

Performance Criteria:

1 Consult relevant parties to identify their requirements of the contract.
2 Ensure that all parties understand what the other parties require from the contract.
3 Identify special provisions needed.
4 Identify whether the contract is straightforward or whether specialist legal advice needed and obtain advice where required


Element 2Negotiate terms and conditions of the contract.

Performance Criteria:

1 Negotiate terms of agreements and financial agreements with clients where necessary.
2 Negotiate in a professional manner with parties to the contract.
3 Formalise written agreements with all relevant parties.
4 Where necessary, determine whether any supporting agreements or insurances are needed and finalise them.


Element 3Ensure that the contract complies with legislative and regulatory requirements.

Performance Criteria:

Where required, identify the relevant industrial awards and agreements to apply in the workplace and check that they are covered by the contract.


Element 4Obtain specialist legal advice, where necessary.

Performance Criteria:

1 Obtain legal advice on the terms and conditions of the contract and legislative and regulatory requirements, as required.
2 Adjust contract as required in light of the advice received and ensure that variations are confirmed with relevant parties.


Element 5Ensure that all parties to the contract are fully informed of the contract terms and conditions.

Performance Criteria:

1 Inform all parties to the negotiation of the terms and conditions of the contract.
2 Explain legislative and contractual obligations to all participants to ensure that agreement is reached based on all parties having a full and correct understanding of the contract
3 Clarify any points that are not fully understood, as required.


Element 6Finalise the contract.

Performance Criteria:

1 Conduct a final check on the terms and conditions of the contract and ensure that requirements are agreed.
2 Clarify the terms of all contracts and agreements to relevant personnel to ensure their observance.
3 Finalise and sign contract.


Element 7Monitor compliance with the contract.

Performance Criteria:

1 Monitor the observance of the terms of contracts and agreements to closure or completion of project.
2 Establish and maintain a file of all relevant documentation and correspondence to allow retrieval and reporting as required.
3 Where necessary, enforce compliance of contracts and agreements, using expert advice as necessary.
4 Make and follow up claims where and as required.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this course will prepare you for post-program employment in the AV industry.

Details of Learning Activities

Successful completion of this course will prepare you for post-program employment in the AV industry.
This course will be delivered by a combination of classes at RMIT and via Work Integrated Learning (Practical Placement) which can occur at one or more audiovisual host organizations.
You will be responsible for your learning and will be expected to engage in independent research, reading and study.


Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.




Planned Class Activities Unit of Competency
Ensure Team Effectiveness
Unit of Competency
Establish and Mange Contracts

 Semester  1 Class 1 This class provides an overview of the course structure including delivery and assessment requirements.
Class topics include:
Gaining skills for employment through practical placement in industry
Methods of obtaining placement including cover letter preparation and correspondence techniques and approaches.
Personal analysis (Review personal experience to inform updated plan). Advise on areas of interest within the AV Field as part of future career opportunities. This analysis is required to be submitted in this class.
Teamwork in the workplace - Importance of roles in teams, teamwork in the workplace, teamwork required to fulfill requirements in the AV Industry.
Contractual requirements for practical placement activities including the significance of work cover and health and safety requirements. Employer and Employee expectations.
Elements 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1 Element 1 
 Semester 1
Classes 2 - 16
 Classes 2 - 16 consist of students attending in small groups allocated as part of schedule available on Blackboard. These weeks provide the basis for further discussion, reflection and analysis of individual performance plans and the continued discussion about future employment and career prospects.
Students are required to conduct research into specific areas of career interest. We will review resumes, cover letters and methods of attaining placements in relevant industries.
Students continue to explore options for placements with a view to confirming an agreed placement no later than week 16 Sem 1.
Element 1,2 Element 1, 2, 3, 4,5, 6,7 
 Semester 2 Weeks 1 - 16 Throughout this semester students are required to complete the requirements of the negotiated practical placement. Students continue to meet in small groups (of 6 - 8 students) with the supervising teacher as a means of discussing issues arising. This process requires the ongoing review of personal plans which will be required to respond to any changing conditions within the placement.
Group meeting times and allocations are available for all students on Blackboard.
Element 1,2,3,4 Element 1, 2, 3, 4,5, 6,7 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Blackboard Online resources
- Notes supplied during class


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

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve submission of submission of all written assessment tasks and completion of a minimum of 70 hours of approved industry-based practical placement.

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 the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

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

1.Submission of Practical Placement Personal Requirements Analysis. (To be completed and submitted during the first class)
2.Submission of your resume. (To be submitted at the second focus group meeting or earlier)
3.Submission of a cover letter template for initiating practical placement. (To be submitted at the second focus group meeting or earlier)

Summative Assessment

1.Submission of ongoing diary-style record of actions taken during Semester 1 to establish practical placement. Final due date: Semester 1, TAFE week #15.

2.Submission of ongoing diary-style record of actions taken during Semester 2 to establish practical placement. Final due date: Semester 2, TAFE week #15.

3.Submission of completed approved & signed original Practical Placement Registration form(s). Must be submitted and approved before undertaking the placement(s).

4.Submission of completed approved & signed original Practical Placement Agreement form(s). Must be submitted and approved before undertaking the placement(s).

5.Submission of completed Practical Placement Log sheet(s). Final due date: Semester 1, TAFE week #15. Final due date: Semester 2, TAFE week #15

6.Submission of completed Host Organisation Report. Final due date: Semester 1, TAFE week #15. Final due date: Semester 2, TAFE week #15

The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competent 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. It is available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

To ensure that Workcover insurance is activated, your Practical Placement Agreement Form must signed by the host organization (the Practical Placement provider) and returned to the teacher before you commence your placement.
If you commence your placement without prior completion of your Practical Placement Agreement Form and you are injured whilst on placement, you will NOT be covered by Workcover insurance and you may be personally liable for EXPENSIVE AND ONGOING medical and/or legal expenses.

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
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees


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