VU20304 - Develop a Business Plan for Sustainable Business Practice - 2013

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Vocational Education, Training
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Supplemented
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: VET FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2013: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study - Research and written report (50%) , Report - Research and written report (50%)

Unit provided by

2013 Fees
Domestic 720.00
International 970.00

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.

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

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

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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