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: Assoc Prof Barry Meehan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252119

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.11 City Campus

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 an environment professional. The project has three main components, including: the selection of students and planning in Melbourne; data collection in Vietnam; and reporting to organisations in Vietnam and the participating industry connections in Melbourne. The project is specifically designed to provide a professional experience is also designed to develop intercultural and personal awareness by enabling you to work and engage in an international setting, while operating within a professional team to complete a report for a local client.




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
PLO5: Personal and professional responsibility


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

  1. Develop key professional documents typical of the environment consultancy industry
  2. Develop a research proposal or work  project plan
  3. Assess the issues related to the design and implementation of the project
  4. Consolidate this information into a proposal to undertake a project.
  5. Develop a reconnaissance style report based on sources available in Australia
  6. Demonstrate ability to communicate the research findings at a presentation.
  7. Develop a professional summary report akin to a consultant report on the research topic


Overview of Learning Activities


  1. Selection of student teams of final-year students, through submission of written expressions of interest, short-listing then interviewing the candidates CLOs1,2,4,5,6,7
  2. Regular planning workshops in Melbourne on teamwork, travel, health, in-country logistics and project planning and management CLOs 1,2
  3. Preparation of a research proposal for a selected topic CLOs 2,3
  4. Preparation a scoping report on the selected topic CLOs 5,6
  5. Presentation of preliminary findings to a workshop in Vietnam attended by local academics, students from local universities, government and industry representatives CLO 6
  6. An intensive two-week data collection phase in Viet Nam to gather local information on the topic CLOs 1,3,7
  7. Preparation of a summary report focussing on an aspect of the research topic based on the in-country data gathering CLO 7
  8. Preparation of a professional reflection report on your individual performance CLO 1
  9. Preparation of a peer assessment review of your team performance. CLO 1

Total Study Hours

4 hours per week for the semester comprising regular workshops and document preparation in Melbourne and Vietnam. You are also expected to spend approximately 4 hours per week 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.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment for this course consists of:

  • Two reports and a research proposal which will test your ability to: 
    • gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources which contribute to resources information in Vietnam;
    • be an independent and self-directed learner
    • work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. 


  • A Professional Reflection report, which will assess your ability to: 
  • reflect and analyse professional aspects of the project both in Melbourne and in Vietnam
  • reflect on your own performance as a professional with respect to teamwork, safety, ethical behaviour and responsibility
  • A workshop presentation, which will test your ability to: 
    • demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of specific environmental matters in Vietnam
    • demonstrate the inter-disciplinary nature of the environment profession;
    • gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a selected location; 
    • deliver a professional presentation to an international audience


Assessment tasks are


  1. Early Assessment Task: (preparation of a research proposal)  Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3


  1. Assessment Task 2: (preparation of a scoping report)  Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5


  1. Assessment Task 3: (preparation and delivery of a professional presentation)  Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,3,6


  1. Assessment Task 4: (preparation off a summary report)  Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 1,3,7

  1. Assessment 5 (preparation of a professional reflective report)  Weighting 10%

This assessment supports CLOs 1

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