Course Title: Plan for international trade

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: MKTG5796C

Course Title: Plan for international trade

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4222 - Certificate IV in International Trade

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

David Plowman

Nominal Hours: 50

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 specifies the outcomes required to effectively plan for the international trade of goods.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBINT409B Plan for international trade


1. Evaluate the most appropriate transport method and route and protection/security options according to particular cargo and delivery requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Ascertain business context of cargo movement
1.2. Examine factors to be considered in route/mode selection
1.3. Evaluate conditions and risks of different routes in relation to delivery requirements
1.4. Utilise resources that provide information on the current service status of particular transport routes


2. Review shipping and airfreight services available for transporting cargo

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Identify airlines and air cargo services operating in and out of Australia
2.2. Compare configuration and carrying capacity of different types of aircraft
2.3. Identify shipping services and types of ocean vessels operating in and out of Australia
2.4. Compare different types of shipping services
2.5. Compare configurations and carrying capacities of different types of ocean vessels


3. Evaluate packing, marking and stowage requirements for a variety of cargo

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Analyse and prepare protection, presentation and preservation requirements
3.2. Analyse range of containers available for international cargo and evaluate for use
3.3. Evaluate marking requirements and prepare correct marking advice
3.4. Identify risk factors in relation to packing and storing of goods for transportation and select appropriate options


4. Calculate international freight and other shipment costs

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Examine and apply types of rates, volume-to-weight ratio factors, volume rules including rounding off and allowable projections, principles and methods of rating cargo for international carriage by sea
4.2. Take into account, variations in calculating shipping charges caused by surcharges and other variants
4.3. Calculate and compare costs of shipping a variety of goods by the several types of ocean service
4.4. Examine and apply types of rates, volume-to-weight ratio factors, volume rules including rounding off, principles and methods of rating cargo for international carriage by air
4.5. Explain variations in calculating airfreight charges caused by the applicability of TACT rates, fuel surcharges, other variants, and exchange rates


5. Identify the cargo insurance and claim requirements for goods

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Evaluate the need for cargo insurance
5.2. Investigate the standard types of cover arrangements used by underwriters
5.3. Identify documents to be lodged with carriers, forwarders, insurance underwriters and customs in cargo loss or damage situations and complete for a hypothetical situation

Learning Outcomes

This course applies to individuals with the skills and knowledge to evaluate options when planning for the international trade of goods. The planning activity will usually be in the context of providing a preliminary quotation, a quotation, a supplemtary advice on a quotation, or when evaluating a freight contract received from a buyer or seller

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative class room based activities.

The self-based activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and will include quizzes, scenario case studies and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice skills in a simulated workplace environment.

Teaching Schedule

110 FebInduction and pre-training review
217 FebIntroduction to Transport
324 FebIntroduction to Transport
43 MarIntroduction to Transport
510 MarShipping and Airfreight Services
617 MarShipping and Airfreight Services
724 MarShipping and Airfreight Services
831 MarPacking, Marking and Stowage
97 AprPacking, Marking and Stowage
1014 AprPacking, Marking and Stowage
1128 AprFreight Costs
125 MayFreight Costs
1312 MayFreight Insurance
1419 MayFreight Insurance
1526 MayRevision and review
162 JuneResubmissions and Resits

Week 1 will consist of an induction to the course which will include completion of a pre training review and familiarisation with:

Your teacher(s) and other students.
Services and facilities
Student responsibilities
Where to get support
Course requirements, key learning outcomes, assessment, feedback and grading.
Submission requirements and the resubmission policy
Extensions and Special Consideration

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Russell Burke - International Logistics and Freight Forwarding Manual 4th Edition.



Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

The student 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 technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises, presentations and practical tests. 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. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

This course has two assessments.  You must fully and successfully complete all assessments to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment Task 1 – Test

Date handed out: Week 10
Date and time due: Week 10
This test is open book, and to be completed individually

The test will assess all material leading up to Week 10 including:

  • Transport modes and routes
  • Shipping and Airfreight Services
  • Packing, Marking and Stowage

Assessment Task 2 – Portfolio of Evidence
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 15
Group or Individual: Individual

Throughout this course you will be required to complete 5 in class activities in order to demonstrate your ability to:

  1. Evaluate the most appropriate transport method, route and protection/security options according to cargo and delivery requirements
  2. Review shipping and airfreight services available for transporting cargo
  3. Evaluate packing, marking and stowage requirements for a variety of cargo
  4. Calculate international freight and other shipment costs
  5. Identify cargo insurance and claim requirements for goods

You will be required to prepare a one page summary of each of these activities outlining what was done and provide evidence of completion.

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks must be submitted online through blackboard. 

You must:

  • 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.
  • Retain a copy of your assessment tasks.
  • 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 on blackboard.
  • For group assignments - all group members must complete and sign the cover sheet. 
  • Each page of your assessment you should include footer with your name(s), student number(s), 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.


If you are found to be Not Yet Competent 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”. 

Final Date for All Assessments


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

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:

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:

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:

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