Course Title: Manage budgets and financial plans

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: ACCT5272C

Course Title: Manage budgets and financial plans

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4228 - Certificate IV in Marketing

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 70

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 addresses the requirement for managers to ensure that financial resources are used effectively. This is done by ensuring access to budget/s and ongoing monitoring expenditure against the budget/s.

The unit applies to managers working in small and large business environments and not for profit organisations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBFIM501A Manage budgets and financial plans


1. Plan financial management approaches

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Access budget/financial plans for the work team
1.2. Clarify budget/financial plans with relevant personnel within the organisation to ensure that documented outcomes are achievable, accurate and comprehensible
1.3. Negotiate any changes required to be made to budget/financial plans with relevant personnel within the organisation
1.4. Prepare contingency plans in the event that initial plans need to be varied


2. Implement financial management approaches

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Disseminate relevant details of the agreed budget/financial plans to team members
2.2. Provide support to ensure that team members can competently perform required roles associated with the management of finances
2.3. Determine and access resources and systems to manage financial management processes within the work team


3. Monitor and control finances

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Implement processes to monitor actual expenditure and to control costs across the work team
3.2. Monitor expenditure and costs on an agreed cyclical basis to identify cost variations and expenditure overruns
3.3. Implement, monitor and modify contingency plans as required to maintain financial objectives
3.4. Report on budget and expenditure in accordance with organisational protocols


4. Review and evaluate financial management processes

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Collect and collate for analysis, data and information on the effectiveness of financial management processes within the work team
4.2. Analyse data and information on the effectiveness of financial management processes within the work team and identify, document and recommend any improvements to existing processes
4.3. Implement and monitor agreed improvements in line with financial objectives of the work team and the organisation

Learning Outcomes

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake financial management within a work team in an organisation. This includes planning and implementing financial management approaches, supporting team members whose role involves aspects of financial operations, monitoring and controlling finances, and reviewing and evaluating effectiveness of financial management processes in line with the financial objectives of the work team and the organisation.

Details of Learning Activities

In class debate and disussion, research and work relevant assessments

Teaching Schedule

18 JulyCourse overview
Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
Understanding the business
Introductory activity

“Introduction to Budgeting”

215 JulyPlanning financial management approaches/accounting concepts
322 JulyTypes of budgets/sales budgets
429 JulyContingency plans/purchases
5 labor Day PH mon5 AugImplementing financial management approach
612 AugOperating Expenses
719 AugProfit and loss
Revision of first 6 weeks
826 AugTest 1
   Mid Semester Break
99 SepCash Budgets
1016 SepIn class assessment - Assignment 2 Due
1123 SepMonitoring and controlling budgets
1230 SepReviewing financial plans
137 OctEvaluating financial plans
1414 OctIn class assessment - Assignment 3 and Portfolio due. 
1521 OctInterview times
1628 OctAny resits

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

To be discussed during weekly classes

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

All tasks must successfully be completed to be deemed competent in this unit.

Task 1 - Test: - Week 8, covering material from weeks 1-7

Task 2 - Group Assignment - Due iWeek 10 - The assessment will be based on group work. The assignment will cover the majority of topics for the semester.

Task 3 - Group Assignment -  Due Week 14 - The assessment will be based on group work. The assignment will cover the majority of topics for the semester

Task 4 - Portfolio of evidence - Due week 14 - Students are required to keep a folio of their participation in the learning and exploration activities prepared weekly as well as reflections on their own learning experiences. This includes a weekly reflection/discussion blog. Activities will be reviewed for assessment as part of the portfolio of evidence requirement.

To be deemed competent in this task students must complete and collect evidence of the body of knowledge that they accumulate throughout the course. Students are also required to demonstrate a capacity to reflect on their learning and interact/communicate with other class members thus contributing to their body of knowledge. Formats and templates required for each activity will be provided to students prior to commencement of each week’s classes.

Submission Requirements

AQll assignments are to be submitted through blackboard.  Students are required to keep a portfolio of their weekly activities/key learning’s in either written or e-portfolio format.

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• 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 work for assessment is available from the Student forms website.
• 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, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

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.

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.

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