Course Title: Establish networks

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: BUSM7947C

Course Title: Establish networks

Important Information:

This unit is a core within the Diploma of Fashion Styling and must be successfully completed to achieve this qualification

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5336 - Diploma of Fashion Styling

Course Contact: Paul Castro

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9234

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bianca Christoff

Shannon Meddings


Nominal Hours: 35

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

There are no Pre-requisites for this course

Course Description

In this course you will explore different methods to develop networking skills and how to promote yourself to potential employers and/or clients. You will participate in relevant industry networks and learn how to maximise and maintain on-going industry relationships.  You will develop the tools to enable you to negotiate work arrangements collaboratively, undertake planning, and develop an understanding and managing financial and business aspects on a freelance basis to negotiate a project brief.
This unit is delivered and assessed with (CUAIND402) PERF5099C Provide freelance services         

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBREL401 Establish networks


1. Develop and maintain business networks

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use appropriate network strategies to establish and maintain relationships that promote the development of business opportunities
1.2 Identify and pursue network opportunities to maximise a range of contacts
1.3 Communicate information regarding new networks to inform individuals, colleagues and clients of potential benefits
1.4 Participate in professional networks and associations to obtain and maintain personal knowledge and skills


2. Establish and maintain business relationships

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop and maintain relationships to promote benefits consistent with organisational/client requirements
2.2 Gain and maintain trust and confidence of contacts through demonstration of high standards of business practices
2.3 Use a high level of negotiation skills to encourage positive outcomes
2.4 Identify difficult situations and negotiate solutions using collaborative problem-solving techniques
2.5 Seek specialist advice in the development of contacts where appropriate


3. Promote the relationship

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop strategies to represent and promote the interests and requirements of the relationship 3.2 Use appropriate presentation skills to communicate the goals and objectives of the relationship
3.3 Effectively communicate issues, policies and practices of the relationship to a range of audiences, in writing and verbally
3.4 Obtain feedback to identify and develop ways to improve promotional activities within available opportunities

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in all the elements (+ performance criteria) listed for this unit within a fashion styling context.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities will include:

  • group discussion
  • research/ networking
  • report writing, proposal writing
  • independent project based work
  • group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule





  • Introduction to Freelancing
  • Course structure
  • Working with Ad Agencies
  • Class discussion – working as a freelancer, the good, the bad and the ugly



  • Establishing a creative team
  • Platforms for promoting your business
  • Building relationships
  • Finding members for your creative team
  • How to maintain relationships
  • Using media outlets & platforms to promote your business

Deliver Assessment 1: Knowledge Questions



  • How to ask for feedback from your network
  • Using professional services to support your business
  • Feedback techniques
  • How to search for financial services
  • How to search for your obligations as a business



  • Interacting with your network
  • How to set rules for working with clients
  • How to set guidelines for your creative team
  • How to negotiate positive outcomes




  • VAMFF Excursion - *VAMFF: 04-14 Mar
  • Practical:activity at VAMFF
    *Mon 09 Mar: Labour Day



Deliver Assessment 2: Networking

  • Scheduling networking check-ins
  • Promotional package
  • Importance of social diary
  • How to use weekly meetings
  • How to shoot & style a professional photo of yourself
  • Rise of the social CEO


Assessment 1: Knowledge Questions Due



  • Resume Writing
  • Creating a promotional styled image
  • About me
  • How to create a professional resume
  • How to shoot a professional styled image to promote your services




  • Establishing & implementing strategies for networking
  • Identifying who you will need to partner with to work successfully as a freelancer
  • Where will you find your network
  • How to create a networking approach (with your “hook”)



  • Maintaining your network
  • How to maintain your networking list


Mid Semester break Thursday 09 – Wednesday 15 April


  • Building on your network to develop a network relationship
  • Developing and documenting a network relationship
  • What is the purpose of your network relationship
  • How will you promote & maintain this relationship



Deliver Assessment 3: Business planning

  • Business strategy plan
  • SWOT analysis to define your personal brand
  • Identify potential business opportunities & risks
  • Creating a business plan
  • Using a system to maintain your business documents


Assessment 2: Networking Submission Due



  • Negotiating work arrangements
  • Progress check-in
  • SWOT analysis to define your personal brand
  • Identify potential business opportunities & risks
  • Creating a business plan
  • Using a system to maintain your business documents



  • Strategy to manage your project
  • Progress check-in
  • Work scheduling
  • Maintain your budget
  • 1 on 1 Meeting with Buddy



  • Client feedback
  • Progress check-in
  • Seeking feedback on your performance
  • Identifying professional development opportunities
  • 1 on 1 Meeting with Buddy



  • Self-reflection
  • Progress check-in
  • Reviewing your SWOT analysis against your project
  • 1 on 1 Meeting with Buddy

Assessment 3: Business planning Submission Due


Feedback Week

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:
The learning Lab
The Study Support Hub
English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Knowledge Questions - This assessment will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of how to establish business networks and provide freelance services within the fashion styling industry. Due Week 6.

Assessment Task 2: Networking -This assessment will require you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to develop and maintain effective work relationships through the use of professional promotional materials and networking. This is an individual assessment task however, you will be required to work with a class peer. Due Week 11.

Assessment Task 3: Business Planning - In this assessment you will use your skills & knowledge to develop a business strategy plan and then apply your plan to financially manage a project from the negotiation stage to final review. Due Week 15

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration (or Program Coordinator)

Other Information

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the assessment to a satisfactory standard.

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.

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Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

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