Course Title: Develop workplace policy and procedures for environmental sustainability

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: EMPL7097C

Course Title: Develop workplace policy and procedures for environmental sustainability

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5369 - Diploma of Logistics

Course Contact: Suzanne Maugeri

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1466

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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 involves the skills and knowledge required to develop and implement workplace environmental sustainability policy and procedures.

It includes developing, communicating and implementing a workplace environmental sustainability policy as well as reviewing and modifying this policy when circumstances change.

Environmental sustainability policy can involve an integrated approach to sustainability, which includes environmental, economic and social aspects, or a narrower one to focus on each aspect individually.

This unit applies to individuals who address the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to develop approaches to environmental sustainability within workplaces, including the development and implementation of policy.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TLIU0001 Develop workplace policy and procedures for environmental sustainability


1 Develop workplace environmental sustainability policy

Performance Criteria:

.1 Scope of policy is defined 1.2 Stakeholders are identified and consulted as a key component of the policy development process 1.3 Strategies for minimising resource use, reducing toxic material and hazardous chemical use, and employing life cycle management approaches at all work stages are included in the policy 1.4 Recommendations are made for policy options based on likely effectiveness, timeframes and cost 1.5 Organisational commitment to environmental sustainability as an integral part of business planning and as a business opportunity is reflected in policy developed 1.6 Appropriate methods of implementation are agreed


2 Communicate the policy

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Policy, including its expected outcomes, is promoted to key stakeholders 2.2 Those involved in implementing the policy are informed of outcomes expected and activities to be undertaken, and responsibilities are assigned accordingly


3 Implement the policy

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Procedures to implement the policy are developed and communicated 3.2 Resource efficiency continuous improvement strategies are implemented 3.3 Provision for staff training to incorporate resource efficiency procedures is made 3.4 Record systems for tracking continuous improvement in environmental sustainability approaches are established and responsibilities are assigned accordingly


4 Review policy implementation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Outcomes are documented and feedback is provided to key personnel and stakeholders 4.2 Success or otherwise of policy is investigated 4.3 Records are monitored to identify trends that may require remedial action and are used to promote continuous improvement of performance 4.4 Policy and/or procedures are modified as required to ensure required improvements are made

Learning Outcomes

This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to develop and implement workplace environmental sustainability policy and procedures.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit will be taught in conjunction with 'Conduct Environmental Audits'

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to conduct an environmental audit in accordance with relevant environmental protection regulatory requirements, standards, codes of practice and workplace procedures.

It includes preparing and conducting an environmental audit, scheduling an internal audit, documenting the findings and reporting on the results.

Work is carried out under general guidance on progress and outcomes. It requires discretion and judgement for self and others in planning and using resources, services and processes to achieve required outcomes.

The unit applies to those with responsibility for resource coordination and allocation, who lead individuals or teams.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


Teaching Schedule

Week Number



Assessment Week


Feb 6  2017

Course / Unit Introduction



Feb 13

Introduction to Environmental Auditing and Sustainability



Feb 20

Introduction to Environmental Management Standards



Feb 27

Conducting Environmental Audits in the workplace



Mar 6

Sustainability in the workplace – An Introduction to general principles

Assessment 1 due


Mar 13

Develop and Implement a Sustainability Policy



Mar 20

Develop and Implement a Sustainability Policy in relation to the T&L Industry



Mar 27

Sustainability Review and preparation for Assessment



April 3

Sustainability policy Implementation Processes



April 10

Sustainability policy Implementation Processes

Assessment 2 due



Semester break 13 – 19th April inclusive



Apr 16




April 24

Holiday Monday/Tues

Sustainability – Policy methods and Implementation across Industry



May 1

Policy Communication Methodology



May 8

Sustainability – Policy and Communication Methodology



May 15

Sustainability Review – Preparation for final Assessment



May 22

Sustainability Review – Preparation for final Assessment

Assessment 3 Due


May 29

Course Close and Review



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of final printed documents
  • demonstration of techniques
  • observation of presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of software applications

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Performance  Evidence

You will be required to provide evidence of the following skills:

  • applying change management techniques
  • applying quality assurance practices
  • applying strategic and complex problem solving techniques
  • communicating effectively verbally and in writing
  • conducting feasibility studies
  • developing strategies for eco driving and energy efficiency solutions
  • developing, implementing, communicating and validating organisational environmental sustainability policy
  • developing and applying diagnostic techniques
  • developing performance measures for:
  1. correct use of equipment and vehicles
  2. minimising fuel consumption
  3. equipment and vehicle maintenance and servicing
  • reading and interpreting complex and formal documents
  • researching, planning and evaluating environmental and energy efficiency requirements
  • managing risk
  • planning and organising work
  • thinking strategically
  • using emergency and personal protective equipment
  • using information technology and a range of computer software programs to manage and store information
  • working in a team
  • writing precise and comprehensive reports for different audiences.

Knowledge Evidence

You are required to provide evidence of the following:

  • environmental issues relating to:
  1. life cycle of products: re-new, re-use and recycle
  2. relevant environmental regulations
  3. renewable energy
  • environmental organisational policies, procedures and protocols
  • environmental sustainability policy management strategy features:
  1. contract requirements
  2. energy efficiency systems and procedures
  3. internal and external audits
  4. training and monitoring of personnel performance following training
  5. waste prevention and minimisation
  6. environmental education
  7. marketing principles and stakeholder identification strategies
  8. recycling requirements
  9. quality assurance systems and best practice models
  10. reviewing effectiveness of new procedures and processes
  11. targets for carbon emissions reduction, cleaner production and lean management
  12. work and supply chain procedures
  • policy development processes and practices
  • relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, and codes of practice
  • work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements relating to:
  1. dangerous goods and hazardous substances
  2. WHS/OHS hierarchy of control.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.

Assessment Tasks


This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with EMPL7097C Develop Sustainable Workplace Procedures.


Assessment Task 1 – Compliance Case Study

Date handed out:  Week 1

Date and time due:  Week 5 in class.

Group or Individual: Individual            


A key requirement for this unit is the ability to develop and plan information to the work team about auditing procedures. In many cases you will do this by actively participating in an auditing team or working on your own to conduct an environmental audit. This assessment is designed to assess your ability to do this.


This assessment document covers both environmental auditing and Sustainability procedures and requires the student to write short answer replies to the question. There is no specific word limit for this assessment. 

Details of Assessment:

This assessment contains 18 questions and requires short answer responses

Answers should be kept brief and the use of bullet point answers are permitted. Do not use one word answers as answers need to be put in context. This assessment will be done in class and the materials required for the assessment will be covered in class on a weekly basis, leading up to the assessment.

Completed assessments are to be submitted via blackboard turn it in. Students not in class for the assessment will have to 5.00pm the day of the class to submit to turnitin. Otherwise your assessment will be classed as late.


Assessment Task 2 – Verbal presentation

Date handed out:  Week 1

Date and time due:  Week 10 in class.

Group or Individual: Individual  


A key requirement for this unit is the ability a presentation and present information to your colleagues. This is a simulated exercise to give you a work skill. It is a requirement of industry that managers have the ability to communicate effectively with others and this requires being able to present information to a group or team of people.

This assessment is designed to assess your ability to do this.


Students are to prepare a presentation on their preparedness for the major assessment (assessment task3). Students are to provide information on their progress towards meeting the time frame in week 15, the research they have undertaken to date, the documents they have reviewed. This assessment can include power point or other multi – media process but no more than 5 slides are to be used.

Details of Assessment:

Assessment details include:

  • Time length of presentation: 5-7 minutes
  • Power point slides: maximum of 5 slides
  • Presentations will be marked and feedback will be supplied to the student.
  • Presentation is to be professional and formal
  • The cover sheet and an abbreviated outline of your presentation must be lodged via turnitin. We do not require your power point presentation oryour notes in turn it in. Only the coversheet and presentation outline.
  • You do need to submit to the teacher, a hard copy of your coversheet with your name, student number and a brief outline (half page) in one word document.


Assessment Task 3 – Portfolio of Works Written report 

Date handed out:  Week 1

Date and time due:  Week 15: Friday 5.00pm

Group or Individual: Individual     


A key requirement for this unit is the ability to collate information and prepare a written report. This report needs to address Auditing and Sustainability issues and a pro-former will be provided to you. It is a required work skill to be able to write and submit a report to management level staff, and this activity gives you the skills to be able to perform this task.


This report needs to report on sustainability and environmental auditing issues in the Logistics Industry. A Case study reference will be provided as a reference for the student.

The word count of the assessment is 5000 words. The student is not expected to write all 5000 words. This word count can be made up of materials and research conducted throughout the class and can be pasted into the document. It can also contain relevant information from other classes conducted during the semester. Assessment criteria will be addressed in class and materials from class can be included in the final assessment.

Details of Assessment:

This report needs to address the specific headings supplied in the pro-former. The information for this can come from materials gathered and research conducted in this class and other relevant materials from other classes.

A case study document will be supplied as a reference for the student and the assessment criteria will be covered in class. No more than 40 % of information can be included from other sources. i.e. no more than 40% of the content can be cut and pasted from other sources and ALL material needs to be referenced in accordance with RMIT policy.


Assessment Matrix

Submission Requirements
You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (Hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2,

Late Submission Procedures
You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information:
Form to use:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration.
Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.
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Form to use:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):
If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is
If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:
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Marking Guide (Competency):
You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.
You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

Final Grades table:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment
Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

Other Information

Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment and may occur in oral, written or visual presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own.
The penalties for cheating in assessment are severe, whether the cheating involves plagiarism, fabrication, falsification of data, copyright infringement or some other method. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. It is also a disciplinary offence for you to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student.

RMIT Business produce their own referencing guidelines entitled Written reports and essays: guidelines for referencing and presentation in RMIT Business which all Business students should use.
RMIT Business referencing guidelines (RTF, 1,286 KB, 52 pages); A supporting Referencing website has been developed for the RMIT Business guidelines.You can find out more about Academic Integrity at RMIT’s Academic Integrity webpage

Group Assessment
A number of your assessments will rely upon group work. This is a critical part of your program as in the workplace you will be regularly required to work in a team environment. Teamwork is also one of the key employability skills for this qualification.

The key to being successful in group work is getting to know your classmates and finding out what they want to achieve. You should seek to find a team which shares your key interests and drivers.

If you are facing issues with your group, the key is to resolve them quickly well before assessments are due. If you need to you can seek support from your teacher

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