Course Title: Environmental Sustainability Project International

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Sustainability Project International

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Tien Huynh

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7124

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To achieve the learning outcomes in this course you will need to have completed the environmental science theory and fieldwork components of the respective degree undertaken in the preceding years of your study.

This course is the equivalent of ONPS2186.


Course Description

This course is a capstone, work integrated learning (WIL) course where you will apply knowledge and skills acquired in previous study to a real project associated with the environment in  Vietnam. The course aims to consolidate your knowledge and skills by  applying them to the planning and implementation of  a research project in Vietnam undertaken for a real or hypothetical client as a global intensive experience.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

The team based approach used in the course overlays exposure to an international context with project development, research and communication skills in a manner akin to working as a professional scientist. The project has three main components; 1) information collection based on published literature, 2) investigation of a scientific problem and 3) communication of the results to relevant researchers, industry and businesses. The project is specifically designed to provide a professional experience and promotes intercultural awareness and intelligence by enabling you to work and engage in an international setting, while operating within a professional team to complete a scientific report for publication.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following School of Applied Science Program Learning Outcomes at AQF level 7:

PLO1: Understanding science
PLO2: Scientific knowledge
PLO3: Inquiry and Problem Solving
PLO4: Communication


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Develop skills as a research scientist and communicator of STEM
  2. Develop key professional documents typical of a scientist based on published literature
  3. Develop a research proposal including target milestones to be achieved
  4. Design and implementation of the research project
  5. Compile and present a scientific report based on research results
  6. Develop a professional report on individual and team performances in regards to teamwork, safety, ethical behaviour and responsibility.
  7. Develop communication skills for online visibility and future career opportunities including working in teams and autonomously to produce positive outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

  1. Regular communication skills workshops including literature search strategies, referencing, data compilation, writing of reviews and reports, experimental designs, project planning, online visibility and media training CLOs 1,2,3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
  2. Preparation of a literature review CLO 2
  3. Preparation and implementation of a research project for a selected topic CLOs 3 and 4
  4. Compilation and presentation of research results to an international audience CLO 5 and 6
  5. Preparation of a professional evaluation report on individual and team performances CLOs 1, 6 and 7

Total Study Hours

72 hours per semester comprising regular workshops, presentations and site visits. You are also expected to spend approximately 72 hours per semester on private research, assignment preparation and reporting.


Overview of Learning Resources

A range of information and resources will be available on myRMIT Canvas. You will also need to seek out information eg texts, journals and resources relevant to your topic through the RMIT library and other sources, as well as in-country data sourced at workshops and site visits.

Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment for this course consists of:

  • A project proposal including key milestones to be achieved
  • A literature review relevant to the research project
  • A research report with results and data analysis
  • A presentation of the research results with professional evaluations


Assessment tasks are

  1. Assessment Task 1: Literature review, weighting 40%. This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 7
  2. Assessment Task 2: Project proposal, weighting 10%. This assessment task supports CLOs 3 and 7
  1. Assessment Task 3: Design, implement and compile a research report, weighting 40%. This assessment task supports CLOs 1,4, 5 and 7
  1. Assessment Task 4: Present research results with professional evaluations, weighting 10%. This assessment task supports CLOs 1,6 and 7

All assessment tasks (apart from the presentations) are submitted through a Turnitin folder and feedback is provided through that portal including task scores