Course Title: Contribute to the Development and Implementation of Strategic Plans

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: BUSM7805C

Course Title: Contribute to the Development and Implementation of Strategic Plans

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Irene Pagliarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254581

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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

There are no pre-requisites for this course

Course Description

This course covers the second stage of the strategic planning process. It involves confirmation of strategic direction, the development of detailed objectives and strategies, and the creation of measures and criteria to evaluate progress towards those objectives

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMGT602A Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic plans


1. Confirm organisational mission, vision and purpose

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Stakeholders are consulted in an open and realistic way to engender support for the process

1.2 Expectations and requirements of the board/owners are being met

1.3 The mission, vision and purpose are consistent with the organisation's stated values, and are realistic but challenging


2. Formulate strategic objectives and strategies

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Objectives are consistent with the environmental trend analyses, and forecasts have been developed

2.2 Objectives state clearly and in measurable terms, what the organisation needs to achieve

2.3 Strategies are developed in the context of meeting chosen product differentiation and cost structure objectives

2.4 Value adding activities are introduced, consistent with the value chain analysis and the strategic direction

2.5 Strategies take account of competitive advantages and disadvantages identified

2.6 Opportunities for strategic alliances and co-operative ventures are incorporated into the strategies

2.7 Benchmarking of all key operational and support activities is undertaken

2.8 Opportunities for the purchase of value adding activities externally have been thoroughly evaluated


3. Evaluate and improve strategic performance

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Processes for the evaluation of strategic performance are supported by key stakeholders and approved by the board/owners

3.2 Key Performance Indicators and other criteria for measurement of achievement are developed in advance of implementation

3.3 Performance measures address all key aspects of organisational performance, to meet the interests of stakeholders

3.4 Performance data is analysed on a regular and planned basis, in terms of the indicators, performance standards and other criteria developed

3.5 Successes and performance gaps are clearly identified and analysed as to cause and effect

3.6 Strategic performance is reported to all stakeholders in a transparent manner and meeting all compliance requirements

3.7 Objectives and strategies are reviewed, evaluated and revised where necessary

3.8 The organisation's mission, vision and purpose are reviewed and revised where necessary

Learning Outcomes

See Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of learning activities including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area.

Learning activities are designed to develop competencies in the following areas:

-Collecting analysing and organising information - to develop strategic plans

-Communicating ideas and information - to explain and educate stakeholders about the strategic plans

-Planning and organising activities - to evaluate opportunities

-Working with teams and others - to evaluate the success of the organisation in meeting its strategic objectives

-Using mathematical ideas and techniques - to analyse and report performance data

-Solving problems - to rectify/remediate performance gaps which are identified

-Using technology to conduct value chain analysis

Teaching Schedule

Week 1

Brainstorm the development of strategic plans for the implementation of an organisation in the justice environment

Weel 2

Formation of syndicate groups and the development of Gantt Charts allocating aspects of the strategic plans to individual team members. Development of group norms and submission of Gantt Charts for approval

Week 3

Development of a needs analysis, identifying unmet needs in the justice environment

Week 4

Continuation of needs analysis and methodology of research

Week 5

Development of SWOT analysis to outline environmental trend analyses and forecasts

Week 6

Development of organisational mission, vision and purpose

Week 7

Development of strategic plans

Week 8

Development of measurable objectives outlining what the organisation needs to achieve

Week 9

Development of the organisation’s program structure and deliverables incorporating organistional design, consultative processes and value auditing activities

Week 10

Commencement of the development of financial and staffing plans for the operation of the organiation

Week 11

Students will use class time to refine financial plans

Week 12

Development of monitoring strategies to gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation

Week 13

Development of key performance indicators for the measurement of achievement of organisational objectives

Week 14

Development of a range of evaluation strategiesand data collection methods that track successes and performance gaps, and compliance requirements

Week 15

Revision of organisational plan and compliance requirements, especially in regard to Occupational Health and Safety and environmental issues, equal opportunity, industrial relations and anti-discrimination

Week 16

Students have class time allocated to complete the strategic planning process

Week 17

Presentation to class and invited guests

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be provided a range of learning material to support their learning.

Overview of Assessment

To be advised

Assessment Tasks

Students will be required to develop an organisational plan incorporating all the elements outlined above.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment has been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table 7 which is as follows:
HD 80-100, DI 70-79, CR 60-69, PA 50-59, NN 0-49

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used

Other Information

Assessment Deadlines
Any due date for any assignment is to be considered a deadline. Students can submit work at any time prior to the submission date, but it must be into the Administration office by close of business of the day the submission is due.
Extensions will not be granted by teachers or Administrative staff.
In accordance with RMIT policy, students may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
a) Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
b) Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
c) Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Program Coordinator/ Program Manager. The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or graded.

Students must keep a copy of their paper until the graded essay has been returned or marks have been posted.
Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited.

You must acknowledge the use of another person’s work or ideas. If texts or ideas are reproduced they are to be clearly acknowledged in one of the conventional ways, such as by use of quotation marks, indentation for longer passages and clear citation of the source. Failure to separate one’s own contribution from that of another constitutes plagiarism – a form of cheating and may result in outright failure. Random checks will be made on students’ work.

Other Information: All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address.

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