Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

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

Teacher: Mark Burns
Phone 9925 4604,
Fax: 9925 4377

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


2. Comply with environmental regulations


3. Seek opportunities to improve resource efficiency

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

You will be working in a classroom and using the workshop area as a simulated workplace.
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 No. Topic Content Delivery
Including Learning activities (Element/Performance Criteria) Assessment task(s)

1 Introduction and course overview. Sustainability: definitions and principles. 3 spheres of Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Economic. Sustainability issues. Global warming, sea-level rise.
2 More of world picture: Understanding Climate change: Vic Government, CSIRO, Others; Population growth; Over consumption; World resources; Water; Waste.; Waste Management Hierarchy.
3 What is Sustainable Manufacturing? How does this apply in manufacturing? Key environmental issues in manufacturing. Preparing to identify resources used in your workplace. (Element 1)
4 Start preparation for workplace resources exercise. Identify environmental issues in your workplace: exercise.
5 Class quiz. (Element 1) Workplace resources and environmental issues exercises
6 Group visit to workshop: quiz workshop manager, conduct inspection; prepare group report (Element 1) WorkSafe: A handbook for workplaces: Controlling OHS hazards and risks (Nov 2007); Work on group reports (Element 1-2)
7 Workplace environmental hazards; preparing for a (workshop) workplace inspection; conducting a workplace resources review; questions for workplace staff (Element 1-3)
8 What can I do? Identifying sustainable work practices. Improving resource efficiency. Designing, manufacturing, reuse and recycling (Elements 1-3)
9 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. (Element 1-3). Locate resources on Manufacturing workplaces: videos, etc.
10 Work on Group assignment: (Aero/Manufacturing/Mechanical) (Element 1-2)
11 Work on Group assignment: (Aero/Manufacturing/Mechanical) (Element 1-2) Group assignment 1: due
12 Revision
13 Assessment 2: Test
14 Exercises/revision
15 Feedback/revisionj
16 Test resits

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


None. Material and resources will be either provided or the link to same will be provided.

Other Resources

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 Tasks 2 assessments:
1st Group assignment (weighting 50%)
2nd Individual test (weighting 50%)
Only the above assessments contribute to the final result for this course.

Competency and Grading Information
Competency requirements:
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. Only if Competency is achieved will a graded result be given using the coding choices below:
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

Assessment Matrix

Assessment task and element(s)
Assessment 1: Group assignment [Elements 1-3]
Assessment 2: Test [Elements 1-3]

Other Information

Course Information
Please note: while your teacher will cover all the materials in the schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and the availability of resources. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the out of classroom activities during the non-classroom time.

Study and learning Support:
Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students. Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
• assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:
Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.

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Extensions (up to 7 days):
Students requiring extensions of up to 7 calendar days (from the original due date) 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. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
Refer to the following address for details:

Missed tests/exams or extensions of more than 7 days [Special Consideration]
Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) and who meet the criteria for Special Consideration 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.
NB: Assignments submitted late without an approved extension/application for Special Consideration will not be assessed and/or marked.
If you miss an Exam/test and you meet the criteria for Special Consideration you must apply for same within 48 hours of the missed assessment.
Refer to the following address for details:

Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Refer to the following address for details:
Other Information:
All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly (daily recommended) check your RMIT emails.

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