Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: EASC5068C

Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5363 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact: Amber Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5083

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Penny Tresise


Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices, and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSMENV472 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, as required
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 and use 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 and environmental performance, including breaches or potential breaches of regulations and occurrences outside of standard procedure which may lead to lower environmental performance
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 include
online research & analysis
group discussions
case studies

Teaching Schedule

  Week Date Topic Assessment
 1 3/7Introduction to Sustainability
What is sustainability and why should I care? 
Opposing Points of view
Gapminder stats: 
Population growth, Energy consumption, CO2 emissions
 2 10/7 War on Waste
Case Study 1: Ecological footprint
 Case study 1 (in class)
 3 17/7Managing waste better
EPA Victoria, Lab waste, ISO4001
Environmental Management Systems

Quiz 1 (in class)

Project brief (in class)

 4 24/7 Product Lifecycle Project plan (in class)
 5 31/7 Green Purchasing & Lab Waste
 Case study 2
 Case study 2 (in class)
 6 7/8 Evaluating web resources  worksheet (in class)
 7 14/8 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 class)
 8 21/8 Exam week, no class 
  28/8  student break 
 94/9Project Analysiswork on group project (in class)
 1011/9Project Talksgroup presentation of project

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

case studies


group project & presentation

Assessment Tasks

 Task Value Date
 Case Studies

1.    Ecological footprint

2.    Green Purchasing & Lab Waste

3.    EREP

 Satisfactory completion of
ALL 3 case studies 

Week 2
Week 5

Week 7



1.    EMS and EPA Victoria

 Satisfactory completion Week 3

Group Project and Presentation*


*A co-assessment for
Communicate with other people

 Satisfactory completionWeeks 3-10

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment

CA Competency Achieved 
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment


  • To pass the course you need to satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks
  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.
  • APPLICATION FOR 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 online at least 24 hours 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.
  • 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 online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination


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