Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: EASC5047C

Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6114 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact:  Mark Burns

Course Contact Phone  +61 9925 4604

Course Contact Email

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

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This competency covers the outcomes required to effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements including those reducing negative environmental impacts of work practices.

This unit is based on the sustainability guideline standard GCSSUS01A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


1. Identify current resource use

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify workplace environmental and resource efficiency issues.
1.2. Identify resources used in own work role.
1.3. Measure and record current usage of resources using appropriate techniques.
1.4. Identify and report workplace environmental hazards to appropriate personnel.


2. Comply with environmental regulations

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Follow procedures to ensure compliance.
2.2. Report environmental incidents to appropriate personnel.


3. Seek opportunities to improve resource efficiency

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Follow enterprise plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.
3.2. Make suggestions for improvements to workplace practices in own work area.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This competency covers the outcomes required to effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements including those reducing negative environmental impacts of work practices.

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course includes all planned activities (face to face computer laboratory sessions and online learning). It also covers the amount of effort necessary to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, observation of work performance, discussions with teacher and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

Teaching Schedule

Session 1: Introduction and big picture: Sustainability and World environment and resource issues. Atmosphere; Land; Water; Biodiversity; UNESCO: The spiral of unsustainable development. The links between Global issues. The ascending spiral.

Session 2: Definitions of Sustainability. Principles of Sustainability
More of world picture: Climate change; Population growth; Over consumption; World resources; Water; Waste.

Session 3: What is Sustainable Manufacturing? Key environmental issues in manufacturing. Preparing to identify resources used in your workplace.

Session 4: Complete preparation for workplace resources exercise. Identify environmental issues in your workplace: exercise. Class quiz.

Session 5: Case studies (videos): manufacturing, operations and maintenance.

Session 6: Workplace environmental hazards; preparing for a workplace inspection; conducting a workplace resources review; questions for workplace.

Session 7: Identifying sustainable work practices. Improving resource efficiency. Designing, manufacturing, reuse and recycling.

Session 8: Conduct workplace inspection, improve workplace resource efficiency review, workplace resources used review and workplace OH&S inspection, create OH&S Incident report, identify workplace improvements.

Session 9: Group assignment.

Session 10: Group assignment.

Session 11: Other sustainability issues and case studies

Session 12: Revision and discussion.

Session 13: Revision

Session 14: Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Student resources on MyRMIT.

Material and resources will be either provided or the link to same will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competence in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to follow workplace procedures according to instructions given and to participate in the improvement of environmental and resource efficient work practices at employee’s own level of responsibility. Evidence must be strictly relevant to the particular workplace role.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1  Group assignment: Gather and document energy and resource use and identify, comply and report environmental hazards in simulated work environment; plus seek opportunities to improve resource efficiency

Assessment 2  Student’s Multi-choice /short answer test

Competency and Grading Information

To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily demonstrate competence in all elements listed above. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.
Students are advised that they will be asked to demonstrate their competence per class observation, student assignments and tests which will be used to assess their competence.

All assessments for this course must be successfully completed to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) grade.

Outcome codes are:
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task One  Elements 1-3

Assessment Task Two Element 1-3

Other Information

Other Information

Please note: while your teacher will cover all the material in the above schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources.

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:
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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.

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Late submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge 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 2 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 7 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 2 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:
Special Consideration is a variation to an assessment which takes into account the impact of unexpected or extenuating circumstances which have affected a student’s performance in assessment or prevented them from attempting an assessment task, including an examination.
Please Refer to find the latest information about the purpose, eligibility and process of special consideration and the online form.

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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Other Information:
All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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