Course Title: Undertake small business planning

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: BUSM6315C

Course Title: Undertake small business planning

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6136 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

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Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research and develop an integrated business plan for achieving business goals and objectives.
Specific legal requirements apply to the management of a small business.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBSMB404A Undertake small business planning


1. Identify elements of the business plan

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify purpose of the business plan
1.2. Identify and review the essential components of the business plan
1.3. Identify and document business goals and objectives as a basis for measuring business performance


2. Develop a business plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Research resources, legal and compliance requirements, specifically in relation to occupational health and safety (OHS), in accordance with business goals and objectives
2.2. Research market needs, and market size and potential
2.3. Identify sources and costs of finance, from the financial plan, to provide required liquidity and profitability for the business
2.4. Identify methods, from the marketing strategies, to promote the market exposure of the business
2.5. Identify methods/means of production/operation from the production/operations plan to conform with business goals and objectives
2.6. Identify staffing requirements to effectively produce/deliver products/services
2.7. Identify specialist services and sources of advice, where required, and cost in accordance with resources available


3. Develop strategies for minimising risks

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Identify specific interests and objectives of relevant people and seek and confirm their support of the planned business direction
3.2. Identify and develop risk management strategies according to business goals and objectives, and relevant legal requirements
3.3. Develop contingency plan to address possible areas of non-conformance with the plan

Learning Outcomes

This work is undertaken by individuals who operate a small business.
This unit is suitable for micro and small businesses or a department in a larger organisation.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will attend a combination of face-to-face small business lectures and online sessions with exposure to; a range of current State and National small business planning resources, learning activities and document templates to support their development of their Small Building Design Practice. Students will participate in online collaboration tools using Blackboard Learning Management System available through myRMIT Studies periodically throughout the semester.

Teaching Schedule

1  16 March                  LectureCourse overview and unit introduction 
2  23 MarchLectureElements of a Business Plan 
3  30 MarchLectureDetermine Business Goals and ObjectivesSubmit summary small business idea to teacher via blackboard drop box for approval this week
4  13 AprilLectureDevelop the Plan and Small Business resources 
5  20 AprilLectureRelevant legislation and Business OperationsFeasibility Study Due - electronic to Blackboard
6  27 AprilLectureFinance 
7  4 MayOnline SessionMarket Strategies 
8  11 MayLectureDevelop strategies for minimising risk 
9   18 MayLectureFinancial Business Plan review 
10  25 MayLectureCourse SummaryBusiness Plan Due

Plan to match business plan objectives

Online Session Outline the business operations, potential staff selection and utilising

Specialist services to support the business practice

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Victoria Government Small Business Websites

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the
workplace or a close simulation of the workplace
environment, provided that simulated or project-based
assessment techniques replicate building design
workplace conditions, materials, activities,
responsibilities and procedures.
Holistic or project-based assessment with other related
units is recommended.

Assessment Tasks

Overview The main objective of this unit is to provide students with the skills required for researching and developing a business plan, so they can achieve business goals and objectives in a small building design practice. This assessment has been divided into two separate tasks which students will undertake progressively to support their understanding of the business planning process in order to complete the final business plan at the end of the course. Utilising design thinking and problem solving skills students will develop a creative but critical plan for starting and maintaining their proposed small building design practice.

TASK 1 – Feasibility Study (40%) Due Session 5 (20 April)
The purpose of the first task is to clearly identify and document the proposed small building design business’ goals and objectives. The business plan will act as a basis for students to measure business performance over time, to ensure that they have a sustainable business model. The plan should continue to be reviewed for continuous improvement to accommodate further expansion.

TASK 2 – Business Plan (60%) Due Session 10 (25 May)

The final business plan should be a polished presentation of the whole small building design business strategy that has clearly identified:
 Mission, goals and objectives
 Legal compliance (particularly OHS)
 Financial plan
 Marketing strategies
 Operational plan
 Staffing requirements
 Specialist services
 Risk management strategies
 Contingency plan

Assessment Matrix


TASK 1 - Feasibility Study

TASK 2 - Business Plan
1. Identify elements of the business planPerformance Criteria
1.1 & 1.3

Performance Criteria
1.1 - 1.3

2. Develop a business planPerformance Criteria
2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.7
Performance Criteria
2.1 - 2.7
3. Develop strategies for minimising risksPerformance Criteria

Performance Criteria
3.1 - 3.3

Other Information

Academic Progress:
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Student Responsibilities:
In undertaking this course students are required to be responsible for:
•The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
•RMIT encourages students to attend all scheduled classes to optimise academic success.
•To ascertain what content or assessment has been missed, and gather the information prior to next class.
•To be proactive in mastering the academic material of the course by challenging, questioning and extending course outcomes.
•To be responsible for the maintenance of a non-disruptive and scholastic attitude in the learning environment.
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Employability skills:
Employability skills describe non-technical skills and competencies that are an important part of effective and successful participation in the workplace.
The following Employability Skills are an inherent part of this course:
Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising, Self management, Learning and Technology.

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