Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: OHTH5941C

Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

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: 80

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 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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TLIU5006 Conduct environmental audits


1 Prepare for environmental audit

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant legislation, authority and enterprise requirements pertinent to workplace operations are identified and followed

1.2 Practices and facilities required to be audited are identified and implications of non-conformance are established

1.3 Technical and/or calibration requirements for audits are noted and appropriate support personnel are identified as required

1.4 Work schedules are investigated to identify appropriate schedule for audit


2 Schedule environmental internal audit

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Audit timings are planned to ensure relevant procedures are conducted within workplace agreed time intervals and timeframes

2.2 Audit frequency is adjusted to ensure minimal disruption to the workplace

2.3 Contact is made with appropriate personnel and audit appointments are made


3 Conduct environmental audit and document findings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Operational procedures and assessment methods for the environmental audit are confirmed with personnel concerned

3.2 Observations and interviews are conducted with approved third party as required

3.3 Documentation of observations and interview responses is completed


4 Report environmental audit results

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Outcomes of the audit process are compared to workplace procedures

4.2 Audit results are discussed with relevant personnel

4.3 Reports of non-compliance are documented and options for system improvements are recommended

4.4 Reports are forwarded to appropriate personnel for action

Learning Outcomes

This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience in order to demonstrate 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.

Details of Learning Activities

 A range of in class activities, case studies and face to face delivery will provide a range of learning and teaching experiences for students.


Teaching Schedule

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

The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows but please note that it is subject to change 

Week Number



Assessment Week


3 Jul  2017

Course / Unit Introduction



10 July

Introduction to Environmental Auditing and Sustainability



17 July

Introduction to Environmental Management Standards



24 July

Conducting Environmental Audits in the workplace



31 July

Sustainability in the workplace – An Introduction to general principles



7 August

Develop and Implement a Sustainability Policy



14 August

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

Assessment 1 due 


21 August

Sustainability Review and preparation for Assessment



Semester break 28 August - 3 September



4 September

Sustainability policy Implementation Processes



11 September

Sustainability policy Implementation Processes 



18 September

Sustainability – Policy methods and Implementation across Industry



25 September

Policy Communication Methodology



2 October

Sustainability – Policy and Communication Methodology



9 October

Feedback and review

Assessment 2 A 


16 October

Reflective presentation

Assessment 2 b


23 October

Feedback and Re-submits



The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes bit also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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 precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate hazards that may exist during work activities
  • applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures
  • communicating effectively with others when conducting an environmental audit
  • completing documentation related to conducting an environmental audit
  • interpreting and following operational instructions and prioritising work
  • modifying activities to cater for variations in workplace contexts and environment
  • monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule
  • operating electronic communications equipment to required protocol
  • planning and organising environmental audit activities
  • providing leadership and working collaboratively with others when conducting an environmental audit
  • reading and interpreting instructions, technical data, regulatory requirements and workplace policies and procedures relevant to conducting an environmental audit
  • reporting and/or rectifying identified problems promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
  • selecting and applying appropriate technology, information systems and procedures
  • working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment. 

Knowledge Evidence

You are required to provide evidence of the following:

  • application of relevant Australian standards and associated certification requirements
  • audit procedures and compliance implementation strategies
  • environmental risk management and control procedures
  • environmental safety regulatory and guidance material
  • equipment applications, capacities, configurations, safety hazards and control
  • hazards that may exist when conducting an environmental audit and ways of controlling the risks involved
  • operation of workplace in relation to potential environmental risks and control/prevention measures
  • problems that may occur when conducting an environmental audit and action to be taken to report or resolve these problems
  • relevant work health and safety(WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental protection procedures and regulations, including the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code where applicable
  • relevant workplace documentation procedures
  • resource availability including the competencies of individuals in the team/group
  • workplace business policies and plans including procedures for identifying non-compliance and best practice
  • workplace processes for conducting an environmental audit.


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

 Assessment outline

This Course is co-assessed with EMPL7097C Develop sustainable workplace procedure 

Assessment Task 1 – Compliance Case Study

Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 7 in class
Group or Individual:  Individual                

Purpose: 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.

Requirements: 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 2a – Written Report

Date handed out:  Week 3
Date and time due:  Week 14: Friday 5.00pm
Group or Individual: Individual

Purpose: 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.

Requirements: 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 3000 words. The student is not expected to write all 3000 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.

Assessment Task 2 b–   Reflective Report Presentation

Date handed out: Week 3
Date and time due: Week 15 in class
Group or Individual: Group

Purpose:  The presentation report is to review the feedback given during the class and on work submitted with the viewpoint of improvement and to share knowledge gained throughout the course and to bring together and summarise all the key learning outcomes for this competency.  You will be required to share ideas and scenarios where  you found the skills and knowledge can be applied for sustainable workplace practices and auditing practices.

Requirements: Students are to prepare a presentation on their preparedness for the major assessment (assessment task2a). Students are to provide: 

  • An electronic copy of the presentation outline in a word document that is submitted to blackboard tab – Assignment Number 2. This document needs to contain information on the student’s progress towards meeting the time frame in week 15. 
  • A hard copy of this document with their Name and Student Number details on the front page.
  • A schedule showing the student’s personal plan to meet the deadline. Students have the choice of making their own schedule or using the Gantt Chart template provided in blackboard
  • A brief description of the research they have undertaken to date and an outline of the research planned for the future
  • An outline of an idea or process where a lean or sustainable idea can add to the triple bottom line of a business. Examples of this may include:
  • something like the loading yard example used in class where safety, budgetand productivity concerns were met by introducing time slots, single piece flow and infrastructure improvements
  • A means of minimising the use of natural resources to generate power capacity for a business
  • The adoption of new technology to minimise waste and improve productivity such as Email vs’ writing letters to people and using traditional postal services
  • This assessment can include power point or other multi – media process but no more than 6 slides are to be used.

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, s34567, Task 2 – Safety Induction Assessment, OHTH5872C Ensure a Safe Workplace, Page 1.


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. More Information:;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)


Form to use:


Re-submissions (VE Programs)
If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one re-submission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the re-submission. 

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.

Grading & re-submissions
Re-submissions are not graded and do not contribute to your overall grade for the course.

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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