Unit 8: Understand How to Maximise the Efficient Use of Physical Resources
Unit reference number: A/504/2234
Credit value: 5
Guided learning hours: 30
This unit has been devised to assess learners’ ability to understand how physical resources can be managed and their use evaluated. This includes the evaluation of new suppliers.
This unit is about managing the physical resources (equipment, materials, premises, services and energy supplies) required to carry out planned activities in the workplace. It includes identifying the resources required, methods of obtaining these resources, planning how they will be used effectively and efficiently, and monitoring resource use so that corrective action can be taken if required.
The unit aims to develop learner understanding of the importance that organisations place on the use and management of their physical resources, in order to control costs and minimise the impact on the environment. Learners will examine how organisations ensure that their physical resources provide a safe and secure working environment for employees and meet legal requirements.
Learners will explore the need for organisations to carry out regular audits and reviews of the effectiveness and efficiency of their use of physical resources.
They will develop an understanding of how to plan and implement improvements in relation to managing physical resources within their own area of responsibility.
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1 Understand how to manage physical resources within
own area of responsibility
to evaluate the effective and
efficient use of physical resources within own area of responsibility, in line with organisational policies and procedures
Explain the procedures for
the maintenance and safe use of physical resources, in line with organisational policies and procedures
Describe the procedures for the security of resources in line with
organisational policies and procedures
Identify opportunities for improvement in own organisation’s policies and procedures for the management of physical resources
2 Understand how to plan and implement improvements for managing physical resources within
own area of responsibility
Describe techniques for evaluating the
efficient use of physical resources
Identify sources of information which can be used to gain up to date information regarding costs of physical resources
Describe how to compare
and contrast the selection of new physical resources
Evaluate different methods for implementing the use of new suppliers of physical resources to an organisation