Course Title: Manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: CIVE5712C

Course Title: Manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5256 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4338

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Coordinator: Janine Strachan

Nominal Hours: 150

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction, as part of the organisation’s overall management system. To successfully manage practices and processes requires knowledge of current trends in environmental practices and methodologies, statistical analysis and legislative requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC5011A Manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction


1. Prepare an environmental management plan for the organisation.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Current shifts in environmental legislation or regulations are analysed in relation to their potential impact on the organisation.
1.2. Best practice and benchmarking methods are used to determine current environmental management performance.
1.3. Project environmental obligations and management requirements are analysed.
1.4. Environmental management plan is prepared on the basis of available information.
1.5. Senior management advice concerning implementation of plan is sought as required.


2. Manage implementation of environmental management plan.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Staff and contractors are informed of their obligations in implementing the environmental planning process and are monitored for compliance.
2.2. Environmental data gathering systems are evaluated, changes are made as necessary, and system is managed for maximum efficiency and accuracy.
2.3. New projects are evaluated to determine their impact on existing environmental planning obligations.
2.4. Local authorities and regulatory bodies are contacted where the plan requires ongoing external monitoring or overseeing.
2.5. Information concerning updates to the environmental management plan is communicated to staff and stakeholders.
2.6. Environmental management plan evaluation strategy is developed and managed to ensure that the organisation remains on track in the event of changing circumstances.


3. Monitor environmental management plan to ensure that it meets organisational legal obligations.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Organisational feedback systems are implemented and managed to assist conformance and management of plan.
3.2. Regular feedback is obtained concerning the operations of the environmental management plan to assist the organisation to meet its legal obligations.
3.3. Where necessary, legally required auditing practices to ensure probity and accountability towards legislative requirements are managed and maintained.
3.4. Contact with contractors is maintained and their compliance with environmental management requirements is monitored.
3.5. Emergency and remediation response strategies are implemented as necessary to assist compliance with the environmental management plan.


4. Evaluate and recommend changes to environmental management plan.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Environmental management plan is reviewed to identify areas that need improvement, and action is taken.
4.2. Measures are introduced to assist staff to suggest more efficient procedures and innovations to improve the performance of the environmental management plan.
4.3. Plans are redrafted to include improvements or address deficiencies found during the monitoring.
4.4. Revised plans are submitted for endorsement by senior management and procedures are changed accordingly.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency:
• Face to Face classes
• Simulated Workplace Learning
• Online learning via blackboard
• Other forms of structured teaching and learning
Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course.

Teaching Schedule

Session  1 - 3 Course Overview; EMP Structure and Process; Introduction to Environmental Issues; and ISO 14001
Session  4 - 6 Environmental Management; Implementation and Land Disturbance (Soil Management)
Session 7 -  10 Land Disturbance (Stormwater and Flora and Fauna Management) ; Waste  and Hazardous materials; Air Pollution, Noise and Vibration; Heritage
Session 11 - Monitor and Review
Session 12 - 15 Introduce Case Study and development of Case Study.  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

In class activities

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written,oral, practical tasks and activities. You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals.

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.


Weight %

Assessment 1



Assessment 2

Case Study


Assessment 3

Online Quizzes X 4


These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix 

Element / Performance Criteria CoveredAssessment 1Assessment 2Assessment 3
2.3 x
2.4 x 
3.5x x
4.4 x

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment                             Weight %
Assessment 1 Template               50
Assessment 2 Case Study           50

Assessment Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria CoveredAssessment 1Assessment 2
2.3 x
2.4 x
4.4 x


Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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Study and Learning Support:
Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:
• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:
If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late Submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:
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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.
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Email Communication:
All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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