Course Title: Manage compliance with international legal and ethical obligations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OMGT5034

Course Title: Manage compliance with international legal and ethical obligations

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6144 - Advanced Diploma of International Business

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

Maroun Chamoun

maroun.chamoun@rmit.edu.au

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Nominal Hours: 80

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 describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage international legal and ethical obligations and provide consultation and advice to those with this responsibility. It includes evaluating international business to assess compliance or non-compliance with relevant ethical practices and international legal obligations; examining issues of non-compliance; and selecting strategies that could be implemented to contribute to compliance.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21667 Manage compliance with international legal and ethical obligations

Element:

1. Assess international business compliance requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1
Access and interpret current, relevant international legal obligations
1.2
Access and interpret current international business ethical practices with regard to international business.
1.3
Gather information that will assist in the assessment of a potential or possible breach in international business practices.
1.4
Review performance data within all areas of the business to identify compliance issues relating to international business activity.
1.5
Identify and analyse trends and developments having an impact on international business activity for their potential on impact on future compliance with ethics and legislation.

Element:

2. Review non-compliant international business practices and propose resolution strategies

Performance Criteria:

2.1
Gather information that assists in the assessment of non-compliance from advisory materials, stakeholders and workplace documents and record according to organisational policies and procedures.
2.2
Review information and compare to international business ethical and legislative requirements to assess non-compliance.
2.3
Following consultation with relevant personnel, assess and prioritise urgency of non-compliance to international business issues to enable timely and effective action.
2.4
Propose strategies for resolving non-compliant factors of international business practices according to organisational procedures.
2.5
Complete reports and records and process according to organisational and legislative requirements.

Element:

3. Implement practices that facilitate compliance with international business ethics and legislation

Performance Criteria:

3.1
Communicate compliance requirements of international business practices to relevant personnel to confirm understanding and ensure consistency of interpretation and application.
3.2
Convey potential consequences of non-compliance with international business practices ethics and legislation using language and examples suited to individual needs.
3.3
Identify practices that may contribute to non-compliance and facilitate the implementation of compliance measures.


Learning Outcomes


This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to manage international legal and ethical obligations and provide consultation and advice to those with this responsibility. It includes evaluating international business to assess compliance or non-compliance with relevant ethical practices and international legal obligations; examining issues of non-compliance; and selecting strategies that could be implemented to contribute to compliance.


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


WeekDateTopic
18 FebTeacher, Student intro rules, Explain Cluster and schedule, Assessment and Feedback, Deadlines and submissions and Results: competency and grades
215 Feb Compliance in an international environment – Legal and Ethical Obligations
322 Feb Compliance in an international environment – Legal and Ethical Obligations
429 Feb Compliance in an international environment – Legal and Ethical Obligations
57 Mar Identify and assess compliance requirements
614 Mar Identify and assess compliance requirements
721 Mar

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

 28 Mar Mon - 4th AprilMid semester break - no classes
 85 Apr Identify and assess compliance requirements
911 Apr Review non-compliant international business practices and propose resolution strategies
1018 Apr Review non-compliant international business practices and propose resolution strategies
1125 Apr

NO CLASS MONDAY ONLY - Tuesday - Fri as normal

  Review non-compliant international business practices and propose resolution strategies

122 May Implement practices that facilitate compliance with international business ethics and legislation
139 MayImplement practices that facilitate compliance with international business ethics and legislation 
1416 May Implement practices that facilitate compliance with international business ethics and legislation
1523 May Implement practices that facilitate compliance with international business ethics and legislation
1630 MayIn class facilitation and final late hand in as agreed after extension requests


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

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


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of final printed documents
  • demonstration of techniques
  • observation of presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of software applications

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Performance Evidence

You must provide evidence of the following:

  • language and literacy skills to:
    - read, interpret and communicate legislation, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines relating tworkplace relations
    - prepare reports and correspondence containing information that is impartial, validated, accurate and complete
    - communicate impartially and diplomatically with diverse stakeholders, including conducting open discussions and using appropriate questioning techniques
  • research skills to:
    - identify relevant legislation, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines relating tworkplace relations
    - identify risk and appropriate risk management practices
  • time-management skills tplan and prioritise work
  • organisation and planning skills tadminister and manage records and files.
  • interpersonal and teamwork skills to:
    - lead a team
    - consult and provide advice
    - negotiate effectively
    - settle disputes
  • interpreting and communicating international business information to diverse stakeholders
  • identifying and assessing potential breaches of international business practices
  • researching specific details of international business ethics and legislation
  • participating in resolution of international business ethical and legislative non-compliance issues.

Knowledge Evidence

You must provide evidence of the following:

  • international legal frameworks
  • business ethics
  • international legal obligations tcomply with :
    - anti-bribery and corrupt practices laws and conventions
    - privacy laws and conventions
    - labour laws and conventions
    - environmental laws and conventions
  • relevant support organisations
  • strategies for encouraging compliance, such as:
    - checklists
    - audit trail tracking
    - internal audit processes
    - transparency of workplace arrangements
  • roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, including employers, employees, legal representatives, unions, advisory bodies and other government agencies
  • procedures and protocols for reporting non-compliance with international business ethical or legislative practices
  • consequences of non-compliance with international business ethical or legislative practices
  • organisational policies and procedures relating tmanaging compliance with international business.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.


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 – Compliance Case Study
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 8
Individual: This assignment is to be completed individually

Purpose:
Australian businesses operating overseas have to adhere to a range of legal and ethical obligations including the local laws of foreign countries, international laws and conventions, and local Australian laws which may directly govern overseas practices.

The ability to identify compliance obligations and provide advice to the business on how to proceed is critical to effectively managing the risks of non-compliance.

Requirements:
Students are to take on the role of compliance manager for a fictional business as outlined in the scope of this assignment. Students are to complete a report to management detailing the compliance requirements of the business, any non-compliance, any likely consequences of non-compliance, and an

Your report should be no more than 1200 words. You should dedicate at least 50% of your report to outlining the compliance requirements of the business.
 

Assessment Task 2 - Compliance Implementation Project
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 14
Group or Individual: Groups of no more than 4 students

Note: There is a guide to group work available on the program shell which can assist you to work more effectively in groups. It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with this guide.

Purpose:
Identifying compliance objectives and providing recommendations is really just the first part to achieving compliance with international legal and ethical obligations. If you fail to address compliance issues there could be serious issues for your business.

This assessment will allow you to demonstrate your capability to effectively identify issues, propose strategies to address them, and implement these strategies.

Requirements:
Students will look at a case study, and research a specific issue related to compliance in an international business.

This assessment is in two parts. In part 1 students will be required to complete a compliance report and project plan. This report should be no more than 4000 words. In part 2 of the assessment, students will be required to implement a behavioural change program (in class) to address non-compliant behaviour.
 


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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