Course Title: Develop and implement a business plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: BUSM6247C

Course Title: Develop and implement a business plan

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6092 - Advanced Diploma of Marketing

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

Marina Cook

Marina.cook@rmit.edu.au

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

None required

Course Description

This unit applies to individuals who are running an organisation or who take a senior role in determining the effective functioning and success of the organisation. As such, they may oversee the work of a number of teams and other managers.

Business plans are critical tools for business growth and development. They will vary depending on the needs of the organisation. This unit covers the typical elements of a business plan and the standard approaches to be used in implementing a business plan.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMGT617A Develop and implement a business plan

Element:

1. Develop business plan 

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Review and evaluate pre-existing strategic, business and operational plan, if available
1.2. Analyse and interpret business vision, mission, values and objectives
1.3. Consult with key stakeholders
1.4. Review market requirements for the product or service, profile customer needs and research pricing options
1.5. Develop performance objectives and measures through consultation with key stakeholders
1.6. Identify financial, human and physical resource requirements for the business
1.7. Consider any permits or licences that may be required for new activity
1.8. Write business plan

Element:

3. Respond to performance data

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Analyse performance reports against planned objectives
3.2. Review performance indicators and refine if necessary
3.3. Ensure groups and individuals contributing to under-performance are coached, and provide training where appropriate
3.4. Review system processes and work methods regularly as part of continuous improvement

Element:

2. Monitor performance

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Communicate business plan to all relevant parties and ensure understanding of performance requirements and timeframes
2.2. Ensure skilled labour is available to implement plan
2.3. Test performance measurement systems and refine, if necessary
2.4. Ensure timely reports on all key aspects of the business are available, user-friendly and balanced in terms of financial and non-financial performance
2.5. Report system failures, product failures and variances to the business plan as they occur


Learning Outcomes


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to run a business operation and covers the steps required to develop and implement a business plan.


Details of Learning Activities

In class discussion and debate, research case study activities and relevant work related assessments


Teaching Schedule

WeekDateTopic
17 JulyCourse Induction
• Course overview
• Overview of weekly learning
• Reading material and assessment timings
Student engagement activity
 
214 July

 Introduction to business plans

321 July About business plans
428 July Industry Analysis
54 Aug

 Market Analysis

611 Aug

 Competative Analysis

718 Aug

 Marketing Plan

825 Aug Assessment Work
  

Sept 1-7 mid Semester Break

 

98 Sept Purchasing and Production Plan
 1015 Sept

Management Plan (Personal Plan)

1122 Sept

  The Financial Plan

1229 SeptImplement, Monitor and Measure Performance
136 Oct Information on presentations
1413 Oct

 Assessment Work

1520 Oct

Presentations

1627 Oct Resubmissions


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No formal texbook is required.  Texts will be provided by RMIT


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. 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.


Assessment Tasks

This course has 3 assessment tasks. You are required to successfully complete all assessment tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

Assessment Task 1 – Business Plan draft
Date handed out: Week 3
Date and time due: Week 8
Individual


Purpose:
This assignment will allow students to prepare a business plan for a real world client.

Requirements:
Students are to assume the role of management consultant to a business of their choice or assume the role of a potential business owner for this semester (must have access to a person in the business to gain necessary information). They are required have been engaged by this organisation to identify business and marketing opportunities and prepare comprehensive business plans and tactics to address the problem identified.


Assessment Task 2 - Business Plan Final Report
Date handed out: Week 3
Date and time due: Week 14
Individual


Purpose:
This assignment will allow students to prepare a business plan for a real world client.

Requirements:To be deemed competent in this task, students must prepare a comprehensive business plan. This assessment task also incorporates an engaging presentation of the key findings and recommendations which will be held in week 15.

Assessment task 3 – Portfolio of Evidence
Date handed out: Week 3
Date and time due: Week 12
Individual


Purpose: These activities will simulate real workplace business planning scenarios.

Requirements: During class time students will be expected to participate in a range of activities, during class time. Students will be required to submit all the activities in Week 12 .
 


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

Submission requirements:
You are required to meet the following criteria for all assessments. Failure to do so may result in you being deemed not-yet-competent:

• Submit all assessment tasks online through blackboard, and include the RMIT e-submission declaration (see below).
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Retain a copy of your assessment tasks.


Electronic Submission
When submitting work online, you need to include the cover sheet supplied by your teacher. This includes the following declaration:

RMIT Electronic Submission of work for assessment
I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the assessment declaration.
(URL: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/declaration)


Resubmissions:
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent (NYC) 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”.

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

Final Date for All Assessments
No assessment tasks or resubmissions will be accepted after 5pm Friday, week 16.

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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