Course Title: Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: BUSM7818C

Course Title: Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5302 - Diploma of Logistics

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact Email:timothy.wallis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

David Plowman

david.plowman@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 150

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

Course Description

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises in accordance with relevant regulatory requirements and workplace procedures. This includes analysing the enterprises internal and external operating environment, developing strategies to maximise outcomes for the enterprise, implementing and evaluating strategies, and responding to changes within the transport and logistics environment. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements are applicable to this unit.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TLIP5011A Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises

Element:

1 Analyse the enterprise's internal and external operating environment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The effectiveness of the enterprise's principal services, products
and competitive advantages are identified and confirmed
through market analysis
1.2 External factors, including legislative requirements, changes to
technology, domestic and international market variability and
political constraints impinging upon the operation of the
enterprise are researched and analysed
1.3 Impending changes to internal operations or the external
environment are determined
1.4 An analysis is undertaken of the enterprise's capacity to operate
within the defined environment, outlining opportunities to
improve market share and/or positioning
1.5 Recommendations for changes to workplace structure, systems,
procedures, workforce composition, market orientation and the
like are generated and documented in consideration of internal
and external analysis and the enterprise's goals and values

Element:

2 Develop strategies to maximise outcomes for the enterprise

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recommendations for changes to the enterprise's operations are
assessed for feasibility and for cost-benefit from both a shortand
long-term perspective
2.2 Capability and capacity of the enterprise to facilitate changes
within financial and time constraints are assessed and
documented
2.3 Recommendations and supporting documentation are circulated
for agreement to relevant personnel
2.4 Strategies to implement agreed recommendations are generated
and documented
2.5 Support processes, including the allocation of human, physical
and financial resources, the designation of timelines and the
setting of the culture and climate of the enterprise, are
undertaken

Element:

3 Implement and evaluate strategies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Performance benchmarks for measuring the effectiveness of the
change strategies are implemented
3.2 Responsibilities for implementing the change strategies are
clearly defined and allocated to designated personnel
3.3 Implementation processes are monitored and, where required,
adjustments to the strategies are made
3.4 Performance of the enterprise in relation to the identified
benchmarks is regularly monitored and reviewed and
adjustments are made where required
3.5 Individuals/teams are kept informed of progress in the
implementation of change

Element:

4 Respond to changes within the transport and logistics environment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The nature, extent and impact of any issues or changes upon the
operations of the enterprise are identified
4.2 Relevant information is processed to establish priorities and responses for dealing with issues or changes
4.3 Strategies are generated/adjusted and controlled to meet
changes in the transport and logistics environment
4.4 Liaison is initiated and maintained with
organisations/individuals affected by changed operational
practice
4.5 Actions undertaken are clearly documented and filed


Learning Outcomes


Students will develop the skills and knowledge required to develop and evaluate strategies for transport and logistics enterprises.


Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative class room based activities.

The self-based activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and will include quizzes, scenario case studies and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice skills in a simulated workplace environment.


Teaching Schedule

Week   Date    Topic
110 Feb Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and Logistics enterprises
217 Feb Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and Logistics enterprises
324 Feb Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and Logistics enterprises
43 Mar Develop and evaluate strategies for transport and Logistics enterprises
510 Mar Evidence on the Use of SWOT
617 Mar Evidence on the Use of SWOT
724 Mar Evidence on the Use of SWOT
831 Mar Evidence on the Use of SWOT
97 Apr Operational Change Control Process
1014 Apr Operational Change Control Process
 Semester Break  
1128 Apr Operational Change Control Process
125 May Operational Change Control Process
1312 May Cost-Effective Ways for Business Leaders to Improve Communication and Collaboration
1419 May Cost-Effective Ways for Business Leaders to Improve Communication and Collaboration
1526 May Cost-Effective Ways for Business Leaders to Improve Communication and Collaboration
162 June Student Presentations

Week 1 will consist of an induction to the course which will include completion of a pre training review and familiarisation with:

  • Your teacher(s) and other students.
  • Services and facilities
  • Student responsibilities
  • Where to get support
  • Course requirements, key learning outcomes, assessment, feedback and grading.
  • Submission requirements and the resubmission policy
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions and Special Consideration
  • Privacy

This unit is codelivered and coassessed with BUSM7819C Develop a Transport and Logistics Business Plan


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including in-class exercises, problem-solving exercises, assignments, group or individual projects, presentations and written or practical tests, as well as homework activities. Other activities may be workplace-based or simulate work practices. These may include the production of technical requirements documents, direct observation of workplace practices and the presentation of a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio may include documents, photographs, video and/or audio files.

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

This course has three assessments.  You must fully and successfully complete all assessments to be deemed competent in this unit.

This course is codelivered and coassessed with BUSM7819C Develop a Transport Business Plan

Assessment Task 1 – Transport and Logistics Strategy
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 9
Group or Individual: Individual

Purpose: The business environment is constantly changing, and businesses are becoming more efficient and more competitive. A business that does not change will almost certainly be left behind and as such it is important to continually develop and implement strategies for improvement.

Requirements:
For this task you will identify a workplace issue, review strategies for improvement, assess and prioritise those strategies, and create a report outlining the benefits of the improvement to the business, your manager, your self, and the work area. Finally you will make recommendations for communicating and actioning the related change process in the workplace. The report should be no more than 1000 words and should be fully referenced.

 
Assessment Task 2 – Transport and Logistics Business Plan

Date handed out: Week 4
Date and time due: Week 14
Group or Individual: Groups of no more than 3 students

Purpose:
All businesses should have an annual business plan, something to guide the activities for the year, to nominate priorities, to reflect on the current market and see how trends and changes in the market place may affect the activities of the business for the next year; like a road map to follow. So for this unit we have prepared you to write this plan through the range of activities you have already completed in Blackboard discussions to assist in writing this plan.

Requirements:
You are expected to complete a fully referenced written report of not more than 3000 words. You should work through all of the sections as we progress through the study period.


Assessment Task 3 – Presentation of Business Plan
Date handed out: Week 4
Date and time due: Week 14
Group or Individual: Groups of no more than 3 students (Same group as Assignment 2)

Purpose:
In order to successfully implement a business plan you must get organisational buy-in. This presentation will allow you to develop the skills of ‘selling’ your business plan to the organisation.


Requirements:
In groups of not more than 3 students you will be required to present a short, 10-15 minute presentation on your business plan. You should articulate each element of your business plan and why that element is important to your business.
 

 

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks must be submitted online through blackboard. 

You must:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration.
  • Retain a copy of your assessment tasks.
  • 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 work for assessment is available on blackboard.
  • For group assignments - all group members must complete and sign the cover sheet. 
  • Each page of your assessment you should include footer with your name(s), student number(s), 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.

Resubmissions:
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in an Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission to demonstrate competence. 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”. 

Final Date for All Assessments
NO ASSESSMENT TASKS OR RESUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 5PM FRIDAY, WEEK 16.
 


Assessment Matrix

Marking Guide (competency):
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

You will be provided with an assessment matrix in the assessments area of the unit blackboard shell.  Generally, your grading will be assessed against how well you demonstrate:

  • Perform the activities as required by the learning elements of this unit of competency.
  • Demonstrate the required knowledge for this unit of competency.
  • Execute the required skills for this unit of competency.
  • Demonstrate your employability skills through contribution to learning activities related to this assessment, timeliness, use of technology and teamwork.

Final Grades table:

DNS - Did not submit for assessment
NYC - Not yet competent
CAG - Competency achieved – graded
CC - Competent with credit
CDI - Competent with distinction
CHD - Competent with high distinction
 

Other Information

Late Submissions

Students are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates. If a student is to be prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside their control, they may apply in advance to the teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. To be eligible for an extension, you must lodge the extension form availabile at the following link with your teacher: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, the student 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. More information on special consideration and how to apply can be found here: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration


Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. Information on circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted can be found at the following website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/adjustment
 

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