Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: EASC5042C

Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5283 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Contact: Amberlee Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

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



Week No.

Week of 

Topic No.






Introduction to Sustainability
What is sustainability and why should I care? 
Opposing Points of view
Gapminder stats: 
Population growth, Energy consumption, CO2 emissions





What is sustainability and  why should I care?
Case Study 1: Ecological footprint

Case Study 1




Managing waste better

EPA victoria, Lab waste,

Environmental Management Systems

Quiz: EMS & 
EPA Victoria

The brief




Product Lifecycle

Discuss project plan 
& check its feasibility




Green Purchasing & Lab Waste
Case Study 2

Case Study 2

In lab/other classes: 
benchmarking for project




Evaluating web resources 
with Anita Woollard @ Library

Don’t believe everything you hear… Greenwash


In lab/other classes: 
Benchmarking for project



No class

(Revision week for other courses) 



Mid Semester exam week -
No class (there is no exam for this course)


Week of   29 Aug: Mid semester Break 




Becoming more sustainable:
Triple Bottom Line (TBL) accounting and reporting
(The consumption simplified) 
Case study 3:
Environmental Resource Efficiency Plans (EREP)

Case Study 3

In lab/other classes: 
Reduce consumption for project




Project Analysis

Project: In class groupwork

In lab/other classes: 
Reduce consumption for project




Project Talks


Present talk




(No class this week except for 
catch up assessments)

Assessment catch ups




No class





No class





No class




Exams (there is no exam for this course) 



Alternative assessment (not applicable to this course as there are no exams)


Program is Subject to change

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

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


To pass the course you need to achieve:
Satisfactorycompletionof 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
  3. EREP

Satisfactory completion of
ALL 3 case studies is required

Week 2

Week 5

Week 9

B. Quiz:

  1. EMS and EPA Victoria

Satisfactory completion of the quiz is required

Week 3

C. Project*

- including a group talk

*A co-assessment for
MSL913001A/ EMPL5826C Communicate with other people

Satisfactory completion is required

Weeks 3-11
(in class and external activiites)


100 %





Assessment Matrix

Other Information


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 satisfactory” will have the opportunity to resubmit their work by a negotiated due date. If the work is still not satisfactory 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 to a satisfactory standard
to pass the course.


This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment.

  • CAG Competency Achieved
  • NYC Not Yet Competent
  • DNS Did Not Submit for assessment







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