Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: EASC5072C

Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

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 covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices.
This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts.
This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section.
This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


1. Identify current resource use and environmental issues

Performance Criteria:

1.1.  Identify workplace environmental and resource efficiency issues

1.2.  Identify resources used in own work role.

1.3.  Measure and record current usage of resources using appropriate techniques.

1.4.  Identify and report workplace environmental hazards to appropriate personnel.


2. Comply with environmental regulations

Performance Criteria:

2.1.  Follow procedures to ensure compliance.

2.2.  Report environmental incidents to appropriate personnel.


3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency

Performance Criteria:

3.1.  Follow enterprise plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.

3.2.  Make suggestions for improvements to workplace practices in own work area.

Learning Outcomes

Evidence must be provided that demonstrates knowledge of:
 a basic understanding of:
 sustainability
 the contribution to climate change and other macro threats that can arise from materials and work processes used
 the environmental hazards/risks, resource use and inefficiencies associated with own workplace and job
 the relevant environmental and resource efficiency policies and procedures for own work area
 the impact of laws and regulations at a level relevant to the work context.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities may include:

  • Video tutorials
  • Class discussions
  • Student presentations

Out of class activities may include:

  • Site visits
  • Analysis / critique of relevant reading material
  • Online research and quizzes
  • Independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentLearning Elements

Introduction to the course. Outline of assessments, and overview of topics covered.

A number of videos on environmental sustainability watched in class

1.1, 1.4, 1.4
 2Site Visit – location to be confirmed.  Investigate sustainability setup / strategies. Also look at improvements1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
 3Site Visit – location to be confirmed.  Investigate sustainability setup / strategies. Also look at improvements1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
 4Energy rating, design and embodied energy:

In this class we will investigate design of buildings and spaces which consider energy ratings and embodied energy

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
 5Site Visit – location to be confirmed.  Investigate sustainability setup / strategies. Also look at improvements1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
6 Site Visit – location to be confirmed.  Investigate sustainability setup / strategies. Also look at improvements1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
7 Site Visit – location to be confirmed.  Investigate sustainability setup / strategies. Also look at improvements1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
8Presentation / submission:

Investigate sustainability setup / strategies. Also look at improvements

 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The unit should be assessed holistically and the judgement of competence based on a holistic assessment of the evidence.
 The collection of performance evidence:
 should occur over a range of situations
 will typically include a supervisor/third-party report focusing on consistent performance and problem recognition and solving. A supervisor /third-party report must be prepared by someone who has a direct, relevant, current relationship with the person being assessed and who is in a position to form a judgement on workplace performance relevant to the unit of competency
 will typically include the use of appropriate tools, equipment and documents
 may use industry-based simulation for all or part of the unit particularly where safety, lack of opportunity or significant cost is an issue.
 Assessment should occur in operational workplace situations. Where this is not possible, or where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment must occur in a sufficiently rigorous simulated environment reflecting realistic operational workplace conditions. This must cover all aspects of workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
 Assessment in a simulated environment should use evidence collected from one or more of:
 walk-throughs
 pilot plant operation
 demonstration of skills
 industry-based case studies/scenarios
 ‘what ifs’.
 Knowledge evidence may be collected concurrently with performance evidence (provided a record is kept) or through an independent process, such as workbooks, written assessments or interviews (provided a record is kept).
 Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
 Conditions for assessment must include access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required, including relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications associated with this unit.
 The regulatory framework will be reflected in workplace policies and procedures and is not required to be independently assessed.
 Foundation skills are integral to competent performance of the unit and should not be assessed separately.
 As a minimum, assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 assessor requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Asssessment Task 1: Online Bb quizzes

Theses quizzes will be available in Bb and are required to be completed on a weekly basis (maximum 1 per week). These are not to be done in groups.

Asssessment Task 2: Environment Sustainability assessment / presentation

In this task you will be required to carry out an assessment of the sustainability of your current dwelling (building) including recommendations for improvement. It is recommended that this be done throughout the semester. A presentation on your work is to be given in the final week (8).

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant

Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

An outline of the matrix will be available in blackboard in this course in the assessment task itself

Other Information


The major learning experience involves observation on excursions as well as online study / research. You will be required to attend all excursions as these are followed up with relevant online quizzes.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work.

Student feedback at RMIT:

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Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

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Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work or acknowledge the declaration in Bb. (

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration


Further links - Application for extension of time

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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity:


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