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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: BUSM7818C

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

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

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

Justin Briggs
justin.briggs@rmit.edu.au 
Telephone:  +61 3 9925-5433

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 short- and 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 classroom based activities.
The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.
The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.
We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities
 


Teaching Schedule

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with BUSM7819C (TLIP5004A) Develop a Transport Business Plan

WeekDateTopicAssessment
19 FebDevelop and evaluate strategies for transport and Logistics enterprises / 1Assessment 1 Hand Out
216 FebDevelop and evaluate strategies for transport and Logistics enterprises / 2 
323 FebDevelop and evaluate strategies for transport and Logistics enterprises / 3 
42 MarDevelop and evaluate strategies for transport and Logistics enterprises / 4Assessments 2 & 3 Hand Out
510 MarEvidence on the Use of SWOT / 1 
616 MarEvidence on the Use of SWOT / 2 
723 MarEvidence on the Use of SWOT / 3 
8a30 MarEvidence on the Use of SWOT / 4 
 2-8 AprSemester Break 
8b9-10 AprSelf Directed Study for Assessment Task 1 
913 AprOperational Change Control Process / 1Assessment 1 Due
1020 AprOperational Change Control Process / 2 
1127 AprOperational Change Control Process / 3 
124 MayOperational Change Control Process / 4 
1311 MayCost-Effective Ways for Business Leaders to Improve Communication and Collaboration / 1 
1418 MayCost-Effective Ways for Business Leaders to Improve Communication and Collaboration / 2 Assessment 2 Due
1525 MayStudent Presentation Assessment 3 Due
161 JuneFeedback & Re-submissions 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Workbook 2015 Document   TLIP5011A-Develop and evaluate strategies


References


Other Resources

http://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/importing-the-10-basic-steps/   


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 is co-delivered and co-assessed with BUSM7819C (TLIP5004A) 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: 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.
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 Logistics & Transport improvements.

Brief:
For this task you will be allocated a product by the teacher to base your Logistic & Transport Development Strategy upon, you must identify and select a strategies for the importation & distribution of your product throughout a National network of current wholesale customers.
You must assess and evaluate the best strategies for the importation & distribution of your product then create a report outlining the benefits of the proposed strategy for the business.
Finally you must base your report on the following 6 requirements listed below, you will report on the method used and recommendations for the implementation, actioning and the related operational process to the workplace. The report should be no more than 1500 words and must include the critical criteria listed below.
 

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 a Business plan using the range of activities you have already discussed during class activities & Guide to Writing a Business Plan template provided on the (Co Joined Assessment Guide ).
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 15
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.


Scope:
For the scope of the presentation, refer to the handout of of Assignment 2. Given you have only 15 minutes – you may not be able to include all elements of your report – however you should endeavour to include the most ‘mission critical’ elements.
 


Assessment Matrix

You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must 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 each assessment task is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, 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.
 

Late Submission Procedures
You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.
More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension 
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf 
Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w 
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf
 

Resubmissions (VET Programs):
If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. 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”.
If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.


Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the
circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:
http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31 
 

Marking Guide (Competency):
You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.
You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.
 

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:
 

Final Grades table:
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
 

Other Information

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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