VU20304 - Develop a Business Plan for Sustainable Business Practice


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Vocational Education, Training

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Web Supplemented

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13 weeks

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Domestic student fee:

$720.00 (AUD)

International student fee:

$970.00 (AUD)


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine the advantages for businesses and organisations to align with sustainability practices and to develop business plans for sustainable business practice with a long term view to the economic, environmental and social impacts and outcomes of the organisation. This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to engage stakeholder support for the plan.


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Special Requirements

  • Audio/Visual equipment — Headphones & if possible webcams
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Mozilla Firefox Web Browzer, Version 2000/XP/Vista or above


  • Case Study — Research and written report (50%)
  • Report — Research and written report (50%)

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Assess business performance against sustainability indicators.
  2. Prepare business case for sustainable business practice.
  3. Develop business plan for sustainable business practice.


This unit addresses the following topics.

1Sustainability indicators relevant to industry sector are determined
2Current and past business practice is analysed and contrasted against sustainability indicators
3Industry-sector best practice for economic, social and environmental sustainability is identified and debated
4Barriers and opportunities for improved sustainability are determined, prioritised and option/s selected in consultation with relevant people
5Benefits of implementing improvement opportunities are delineated
6Costs associated with implementing the opportunities are identified
7Risks and contingencies are delineated
8Business case to incorporate opportunities for improved sustainability is prepared, documented and presented in line with organisational requirements
9Key elements of business plan are identified and documented in consultation with relevant people and in line with organisational requirements
10Stakeholder engagement strategies are delineated and incorporated into plan
11Sustainability reporting criteria are identified and built into the monitoring and reporting procedures of the plan
12Plan is prepared, documented and presented in line with organisational requirements

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Relevant Courses

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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