Course Title: Prepare for sustainable professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2016

Course Code: OHTH5708C

Course Title: Prepare for sustainable professional practice

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Phillip Allan

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4030

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Phillip Allan


Nominal Hours: 35

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

In this course you will gain skills and knowledge required to establish professional practice goals and to determine how practice can be developed in a sustainable way. A sustainable practice is one that takes account of all aspects of sustainability – individual, social, environmental and economic.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP502A Prepare for sustainable professional practice


1. Develop own practice goals

Performance Criteria:


1.1. Select a focus for research in consultation with others based on individual needs and perspectives 

1.2. Make an initial determination of the information and ideas to be sought

1.3. Challenge own assumptions and preconceptions  about the research process and potential information sources

1.4. Select relevant historical and contemporary sources  for investigation


2. Identify key sustainability issues

Performance Criteria:


2.1. Seek out and compare the critical views of others  in chosen area of inquiry

2.2. Investigate issues around the historical and contemporary production, interpretation, promotion and consumption of culture

2.3. Allow the process of analysis to take exploration of issues in new and unintended directions 


3. Take action to develop sustainable individual practice

Performance Criteria:


3.1. Develop substantiated opinions and ideas  about cultural history and theory

3.2. Make informed contributions to discussions of cultural history and theory

3.3. Encourage and participate in open and constructive discussion

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Professional practitioners across all sectors and areas of expertise must consider the sustainability of their practice. At this level, the practitioner applies a self-directed approach ensuring sustainability.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• introduction to online course

2. Out-of-class activities include:
• project work
• independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.

This course is clustered and delivered with CUVRES502A Establish and maintain safe professional practice.

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentTaskElements

Introduction to online learning framework & course outline

Ecological Footprint Task

Initial log-in - familiarisation with online course

Activity 1 Calculate your own individual Ecological Footprint


Work sustainability needs analysis:

Material Safety Data Sheets

Engage with online program1/2

Work sustainability needs analysis

Risk Analysis

Engage with online program

Activity 2 Workplace Sustainability Needs Analysis


Environmental & Resource Efficiency Plan

Resource Management

Engage with online program2/3

Environmental & Resource Efficiency Plan

Legal aspects

Engage with online program

Activity 3 Environmental and Resource Efficiency Plan –EREP


Safe Studios


Engage with online program2/3

Safe Studios


Engage with online program2/3

Safe Studios

Application to practice

Engage with online program2/3
W9Safe Studios

Application to practice

Engage with online program2/3
W10Assessment tasks to be completed.Activity 4 Review Checklist1/2/3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This course is delivered as an online unit in conjunction with CUVPRP505A Establish and maintain safe professional practice.

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

You will be assessed on the following:

  • Practical tasks
  • Written report

Evidence of the ability to:

  • Develop realistic goals for own practice grounded in research and reflection
  • Develop a set of actions to enhance the sustainability of individual practice
  • Apply knowledge of key aspects of individual, social, economic and environmental sustainability

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. 



Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment evidence                                                                        Element Performance criteria
Activity 1 Calculate your own individual Ecological Footprint            1.1
Activity 2 Workplace Sustainability Needs Analysis                           1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1,2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,3.5, 3.6

Activity 3 Environmental and Resource Efficiency Plan –EREP        1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1,2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,3.5, 3.6
Activity 4 Review Checklist                                                                 3.1, 3.2

Assessment tasks: These assignments are to be completed online. 

Content/requirements: Assignment based on general and practice-specific sustainable professional practice information.

Due date: W10

This course is a non-graded assessment.

GRADE                           OUTLINE                                        GRADING                                         CRITERIA

CA                                   Competency achieved                    A competent result indicates that the assessment requirements for the course
                                                                                               have been met.
NYC                                Not yet competent                          Not yet competent indicates that the assessment requirements for the course
                                                                                               have not been met.
DNS                                Did not submit                                Did not submit for assessment.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Manager.

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Please note
While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

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