Course Title: Apply knowledge of environmental issues

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: CIVE5656

Course Title: Apply knowledge of environmental issues

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager
Dr. A R M Muniruzzaman
Program Manager
Ph: +61 3 9925 4468

Ms. Annabelle Lopez
Tel. 9925 4823

Nominal Hours: 40

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 covers the competency to enter an engineering design office or other technician role with understanding of the effect of engineering on the environment and also the role engineering has in providing solutions to environmental degradation. A soundly based understanding of the science of the environment is essential to informed decision making in this area.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX020B Apply knowledge of environmental issues


01. Apply knowledge of environmental concepts.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The main components of the Earth’s environment can be identified.
1.2 The features that characterise the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere can be described.
1.3 The impact that the climate has in the overall scheme of the earth’s environment can be explained.


02. Apply knowldge of the impact that engineering may have on the natural environment.

Performance Criteria:

 2.1 Forms of engineering works that have an effect on the earth’s environment can be listed and described.
 2.2 A list of benefits for each of these engineering works in regard to its contribution to the human environment  and modern society can be given


03. Apply knowledge environmental degradation and solutions.

Performance Criteria:

 3.1 Key areas of environmental risk to the planet and Australia can be identified.
 3.2 The range of responses to these risks can be identified.


04. Understand the concept of ecologically sustainable development.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The concept of ecologically sustainable development (ESD)” is understood and used to inform engineering decisions.
4.2 The implications of ESD for the future is understood and used to inform engineering decisions.


05. Apply knowledge of government acts and regulations related to the environment.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The concept of ecologically sustainable development can be discussed.
5.2 The implications of ESD for the future can be analysed.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this course:

• Lectures/Tutorials
• Workshops/Discussions
• Projects/Research Work/Team Work
• Self-Directed Learning
• Site Visit/Excursion/Guest Speaker (TBA)

Teaching Schedule

Week         Topics Delivered                                                                                                   Element /
Performance Criteria                                                  
1 Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics breakdown, resources, OHS issues.  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1,4.2,5.1, 5.2
2  Components of Earth’s environment  1.1, 1.2, 1.3
3  Impact of Climate  1.1, 1.2, 1.3
4  Oral Test (10 marks)  1.1, 1.2, 1.3
5  Engineering and the Environment  2.1, 2.2
6  Impacts of Engineering on the Environment  2.1, 2.2
7  Environmental Risks/Degradation:  Air  3.1, 3.2
8  Environmental Risks/Degradation:  Water  3.1, 3.2
9  Environmental Risks/Degradation:  Land  3.1, 3.2
10  Ecologically Sustainable Development Part:  Concepts  4.1, 4.2
11  Ecologically Sustainable Development:  Implications  4.1, 4.2
12  Ecologically Sustainable Development:  Case Studies, (Presentations Start)  4.1, 4.2
13  Legislative Environmental Controls and Regulations:  State (Victoria)  5.1, 5.2
14 Legislative Environmental Controls and Regulations:  Federal  5.1, 5.2
15  Legislative Environmental Controls and Regulations:  Case Studies  5.1, 5.2
16  Environmental Concepts & Health (Water Contamination), (Presentations End)  3.1, 3.2
17  Written Test  (50 marks)  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1,4.2, 5.1, 5.2
18  Finalising/Feedback Results  

Important Note:  Presentations (40%) are to be scheduled from Week 6 to Week 16.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

See Online in Learning Hub (or electronically transmitted) for details (refer Learning Guide)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1:  Oral Test

Weighting toards final grade (%): 10% 

Assessment 2:  Presentation

Weighting toards final grade (%): 40% 

Assessment 3:  Written Test, 50%

Weighting toards final grade (%): 50%

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs EDX020B Elements & Performance Criteria

     EDX020B Elements & Performance Criteria                                                
Assessments          1.1 1.2 1.3 2.1 2.2 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.2 5.1 5.2
Oral Test   X   X   X                
Presentation   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X
Written Test   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X

Other Information

  • Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 12 hours outside the class time.


Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:
Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:
• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

Please refer to to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:
If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:
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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.
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Email Communication:
All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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