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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

Tony Trevan
Ph: 9925 4512

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 change analysis

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
Overview of delivery and assessment methods and assignment submission requirements.
Brainstorm the development of strategic plans for the implementation of an organisation in the justice environment

Week 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
Progressive knowledge test 1 

Week 5
Development of SWOT analysis to outline environmental trend analyses and forecasts

Week 6
Development of organisational mission, vision and purpose Development of strategic plans

Week 7
No class

Week 8
Development of measurable objectives outlining what the organisation needs to achieve
Progressive knowledge test 2

Week 9
Teacher lead project based learning

Week 10
Development of an organisation’s program structure and deliverables incorporating organisational design, consultative processes and value auditing activities

Week 11
Commencement and refining of the development of financial and staffing plans for the operation of an organisation

Week 12
Development of monitoring strategies to gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of an organisation
Progressive knowledge test 3

Week 13
Development of key performance indicators for the measurement of achievement of organisational objectives

Week 14
Development of a range of evaluation strategies and 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
Teacher lead project based learning

Week 17
Student Presentations

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

To be advised

Assessment Tasks

1. Progressive knowledge tests
2. Report- Strategic business plan
3. Presentation

Assessment Matrix

The assessment has been designed to cover all learning outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT University’s Mark Table 7 which is as follows:

HD 80 – 100
D 70 - 79
C 60 - 69
PA 50 - 59
NN 0 - 49


Other Information

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 in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.

In accordance with RMIT policy, you may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• 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.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
You must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. 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. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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