Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: EASC5072C

Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 320T Architecture & Urban 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

Ben Eddie

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  Find out current usage of resources


2. Comply with environmental regulations

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Read and follow environmental policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state/territory and local government laws, by-laws, regulations and mandated codes of practice, and codes and standards that the organisation applies voluntarily 2.2  Ask questions and seek clarification relating to environmental work requirements 2.3  Identify incidents, including breaches or potential breaches of environmental regulations and occurrences outside of standard procedures, and report to appropriate personnel 2.4  Report environmental incidents using workplace forms and procedures


3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Follow workplace procedures to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency 3.2  Make suggestions for improvements to environmental workplace practices and work plans

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










Lecture 1

Digital Presentation by lecturer.

Introduction to Sustainability





Lecture 2

Info on Rating Tools, life cycle analysis, Embodied energy.

Lecture Summaries and further

Research.  As per AT1

Brief AT1 & AT2



Lecture 3

Introduction to Passive Design

Orientation, external shading/landscaping.  Thermal mass, insulation and ventilation

Lecture Summaries and further

Research.  As per AT1


Establish bedroom window orientation for next week




Lecture 4

Designing for Small Spaces

Guest Speaker: 

Nancy Everingham

Lecture Summaries and further

Research.  As per AT1




Lecture 5

Passive Design for Summer

Passive Design for Summer

Orientation, external shading/landscaping.  Thermal mass, insulation and ventilation




Lecture 6:

Passive Design for Winter

Lecture Summaries and further

Research.  As per AT1

Brief AT3



Lecture 7

Sustainable Purchasing and Specifying






Site Tour

Times to be confirmed with Lecturer


AT3 Environmental Report

(Group Assessment)




Final Lecture


Ongoing involvement Google Community and Google Poll



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

Assessment Task 1: Lecture Summaries and Research

In this task you will be writing a lecture summary & further research report, based on each lecture topic with a report on your own further research into a specific topic/issue raised in the lecture.

Assessment Task 2: Google Community Posting & Involvement

In this task you will be blogging (posting) & engaging with discussion on the Google Community writing a further research report, based on a specific relevant topic/issue raised in the lecture or by a fellow student. This is in addition to (& not to be the same as) your work for AT01

Assessment Task 3 -Sustainability Case Study Group Report

You are required to attend a guided tour of the Library at the Dock - City of Melbourne and provide a report outlining the environmental and resource efficient systems and procedures used.


You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has
produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian (

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC: Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

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 CANVAS 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:

Pick the following links to access the Student feedback webpage,%20program%20and%20course%20administration/;ID=km6d4uzduuom;STATUS=A;and,

Student Progress

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

Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1; and this link for more information on academic progress:

Cover Sheet for Submissions

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

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

(; and, see this webpage;

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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