Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: EASC5042C

Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5282 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact: Dinah van Ruyven

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4287

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kirsten Balding
Office: 51.4.01

Contact  by email, or talk to Kirsten during class

Nominal Hours: 40

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

there are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this course


Course Description

This competency covers the outcomes required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness. This unit is based on the sustainability guideline standard GCSSUS02A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSAENV472A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


1. Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify environmental regulations applying to the enterprise.
1.2 Assess procedures for assessing compliance with environmental regulations.
1.3 Collect information on environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures, and provide to the work group where appropriate.
1.4 Measure and record current resource usage by members of the work group.
1.5 Analyse and record current purchasing strategies.
1.6 Analyse current work processes to access information and data and assist in identifying areas for improvement.


2. Set targets for improvements.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and specialists.
2.2 Access external sources of information and data as required.
2.3 Evaluate alternative solutions to workplace environmental issues.
2.4 Set efficiency targets.


3. Implement performance improvement strategies.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Source techniques/tools to assist in achieving targets.
3.2 Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility and communicate ideas and possible solutions to the work group and management.
3.3 Integrate environmental and resource efficiency improvement plans for own work group with other operational activities and implement them.
3.4 Seek suggestions and ideas about environmental and resource efficiency management from stakeholders and act upon them where appropriate.
3.5 Implement costing strategies to fully value environmental assets.


4. Monitor performance

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Document outcomes and communicate reports on targets to key personnel and stakeholders.
4.2 Evaluate strategies.
4.3 Set new targets and investigate and apply new tools and strategies.
4.4 Promote successful strategies and reward participants where possible.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course will include:

• Teacher directed face-to face delivery of lessons
• Whole class Discussion
• Pair/group discussion
• Small group workshops
• Online quizzes & theory activities
• Worksheets
• Group Project including monitoring of resources used in Lab
• Data collection and analysis
• Presentations
• Research activities


Teaching Schedule

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Links to resources are given in Blackboard


Other Resources

Resources are given in the Blackboard for this course. Access it through MyRMIT.

It is important that you check blackboard **at least** weekly.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exams

Assessment Tasks

To pass the course you need to achieve:
Competent completion of ALL the assessment tasks.

Note that many of the assessments are done in class time, so it will be important to attend these classes.

**It is the student’s responsibility to catch up any missed assessments**

A. Case Studies
1. Ecological footprint
2. Green Purchasing & Lab Waste
Value: Satisfactory completion of ALL 3 case studies is required
When: week 1, week 5, week 9

B. Quizzes:
1. EMS
2. EPA Victoria
Value: Satisfactory completion of BOTH quizzes is required
When: Week 3

C. Project
- including a group talk
Value: Satisfactory completion is required
When: Weeks 3-11 (in class and external activiites)



This course is assessed using competency based assessment principles. As such, no numeric grades are given for assessments. ALL assessments must however, be done to a satisfactory (“competent”) standard to pass the course.

Students that submit work that is assessed to be “not yet competent” will have the opportunity to resubmit their work by a negotiated due date. If the work is still not competent on the 2nd submission, the student will not be able to pass the course. Please discuss your assessment task with the teacher before submission to avoid this situation.

If you miss a class that has an assessment task you need to catch up the assessment task as soon as possible. In this case, you will need to email the completed task to the teacher within 1 week of the date of the class, unless a medical certificate is submitted. It is the student’s responsibility to catch up on the task and negotiate a due date with the teacher if a medical certificate was presented. Information can be found in the weekly folder about what to do for the task. Note that the teacher may not be available to help you outside of class time.

All assessment tasks must be completed competently to pass the course.


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Nominal Hours:

Class activities
(including worksheets, quizzes, spreadsheet activities, research activities) =    10 x  2 = 20 hours

Groupwork (project)                                                                                               = 6 hours

Self directed study (off campus) - reading, research, etc                                           = 14 hours

Total: 40 hours

• Extension of time for submission of assessable work- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected

• If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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