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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

David Graham
Phone: 03 99251550 Tues, Wed & Thurs
e-mail: david.graham@rmit.edu.au

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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:

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:

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:

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.

Students will study concepts and applications pertaining to develop operational procedures in class sessions, using tutorial and prescribed exercises and assessment work.
We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities


Teaching Schedule


 

WeekDateTopicAssessment
18 FebTeacher, Student intro rules, Explain Cluster and schedule, Assessment and Feedback, Deadlines and submissions and Results: competency and gradesTask 1 - explanation of blog to be completed by week 4
215 FebHistory, Business Process Mapping, RACI, internal environment and Competitive advantage pages 5-6 Overview of Task 2 and 3
322 FebPorters 5 forces and SWOT - p[ages 7-9 
429 FebCorporate Planning, initial purpose and mission, Market power pages 12-14Course evaluation assessment 20% - blog
57 MarEconomies of scale, scope - market share and law pages 16-20 Group Presentation overview
614 MarOperational change control process, Impactand awareness of change, page 22-25 
721 Mar

Marketing strategy and objectives pages 23-24 - Tuesday class normal

NO CLASSES ON THURSDAY 24/3 & FRIDAY 25/3 only

 Holiday Thurs and Fri only
 28 Mar Mon - 4th AprilMid semester break - no classes 
 85 AprFirst class back Tuesday Apr 5th Leadership and Implementation strategy pages 27-28 Group presentation discussion on format
911 AprCase example, enabling strategies pages 29-30 
1018 AprStrategy implementation 
1125 AprNO CLASS MONDAY ONLY - Tuesday - Fri as normal reviewing Normal budgeting, performance and implementation and written report activities pages 31-32 Overview of wrtten report activities - Discuss final submission and hand in process
122 MayPeople authorisation pages 35-36 and written report activities Discussion re written report and presentaitons
139 MayDeliverables and milestones pages 42-46 (PDCA) Receive early submissions by appointment
1416 MayQuality management and six sigma pages 48-52 Receive early submissions by appt
1523 MayGroup presentation - 35% (Delivery by all groups) In class facilitation and assement (45%) written report hand inSubmission of final work
1630 MayIn class facilitation and final late hand ins as agreed after extension requests Final submissions by extension request
176 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

 

Assessment Outline
Students are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

 

Assessment Task 1
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 4
Individual: This assignment is to be completed individually

Purpose:
The purpose of this assessment is for the student to demonstrate the competencies and skills needed to identify key Business Strategies as outlined in weeks 1 - 4 successful completion of this and competency awarded will result in 20% of marks for final result.
Requirements:
Answer question in blog as outlined during weeks 1 - 4 - teacher will advise result in blog shell

Scope:
Learning & Assessment Activities
Week 7
Strategies overview
Using either your organisation, or an organisation of your choice:
1.What are their organisations principal services and products?
2.What is their competitive advantage?
3.What market analysis is conducted to confirm the effectiveness of principal services, products and competitive advantage?

Assessment Task 2 – Strategies Presentation (35%)
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 14
Group or Individual: Groups of no more than 4 students

Purpose:
All businesses should have an annual strategic 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 create and present an outline of your Business strategies using the range of activities you have already discussed during class activities & Guide to Writing a Business Strategies template provided in blackboard

Purpose:
The purpose of this assessment is for students to demonstrate skills and competencies in preparing and delivering a Business presentation in class in front of their peers. In order to successfully implement an overview of business strategies you must get organisational buy-in. This presentation will allow you to develop the skills of ‘selling’ your business strategies to the organisation.
Requirements:
Prepare a presentation on the subject matter as outlined by the teacher during weeks 1- 14.
Using the PowerPoint template provided create a presentation outlining the key points of the plan – each member of the group must present an equal part of the presentation. In groups of not more than 4 students you will be required to present a short, 10-15-minute presentation on your plan. You should articulate each element of your plan and why that element is important to your business.
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.

We are expecting that while studying this unit you will be continuously gathering information and storing this within your portfolio. By doing this you should have gathered a range of information (both physical and electronic), that will assist in preparing your presentation and writing this assignment. We expect that this stored information and resources, from our experience, is then able to be used for both future assignments and future workplace problem solving.

Assessment Task 3 –Strategies Written Report (45%)
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 15
Group (Same Group as Assessment Task 2)
Purpose:
The purpose of this assessment is for students to develop written report skills on the subject matter in a business like format.


Requirements:
The students are to create a written report on the subject matter in a business like format as outlined by the teacher throughout the semester.


Additional note on assessment:
We are expecting that while studying this course you will be continuously gathering information in a portfolio. By doing this you should have gathered a range of information (both physical and electronic), that will assist in writing this assignments. We expect that this stored information and resources, from our experience, is then able to be used for both future assignments and future workplace problem solving.

Some suggestions for what to store -:

•The reflections that we ask you to do from time to time in your Blackboard activities
•Your own reflections on thoughts you have while studying and how the study relates to your workplace
•A range of relevant websites and materials from the ‘cloud’ (worldwide web)
•Copies of regulatory and statutory requirements from external authorities
•Some copies of documentation from your workplace that may be relevant to your activities e.g.
perhaps copies of policy and procedures,
copies of emails that you may like to discuss or reflect upon,
copies of documents that you have created yourself that are relevant to this unit.

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

Requirements:
1.Definition of your product & its current position in the Australian Market Place,
2.Bullet point explanation of, choice of supplier and country of Origin, ( give reasons why you have chosen the supplier & Country )
3.Explanation of transport mode used for importation,
4.Explanation of the choice / method of National distribution, ( how & who? Will you use to distribute your product to your customers? )
5.Complete line by line breakdown on the total cost of distribution from supplier to customer,
6.Final strategy for continuous review of the business.


Assessment Matrix

 

Submission Requirements
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,


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

Other Information

Academic Integrity
Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment and may occur in oral, written or visual presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own.
The penalties for cheating in assessment are severe, whether the cheating involves plagiarism, fabrication, falsification of data, copyright infringement or some other method. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. It is also a disciplinary offence for you to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student.

Referencing
RMIT Business produce their own referencing guidelines entitled Written reports and essays: guidelines for referencing and presentation in RMIT Business which all Business students should use.
RMIT Business referencing guidelines (RTF, 1,286 KB, 52 pages); A supporting Referencing website has been developed for the RMIT Business guidelines.You can find out more about Academic Integrity at RMIT’s Academic Integrity webpage

Group Assessment
A number of your assessments will rely upon group work. This is a critical part of your program as in the workplace you will be regularly required to work in a team environment. Teamwork is also one of the key employability skills for this qualification.

The key to being successful in group work is getting to know your classmates and finding out what they want to achieve. You should seek to find a team which shares your key interests and drivers.

If you are facing issues with your group, the key is to resolve them quickly well before assessments are due. If you need to you can seek support from your teacher.

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