Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: EASC5047C

Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6132 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Annabelle Lopez
Ph: +61 3 9925 4823

Chris Sanos
Ph: +61 3 9925 8342

Appointment by 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


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 and environmental issues.


2. Comply with environmental regulations.


3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.
• Lecture
• Tutorial
• Practicals

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MSAENV272B in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule


Week Topics Delivered

Elements /Performance Criteria

1 Introduction and course overview. Sustainability: definitions and principles. 3 spheres of Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Economic. Sustainability issues. Global warming, sea-level rise.  1.1
2 Important bodies, Acts of Parliament and Regulations in Australia  2.1, 2.2
3 The Environment, Climate Change and its Effects. ETS vs Carbon Tax. Reducing co2 emissions.  1.1

Energy Sources and Alternative Energies with regards to sustainability and emissions.

5 Effects of Engineering on the Environment and ESD (Ecologically Sustained Development). Effect of Mining on the environment. 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
6 Pre-Construction Planning- EMP (Env. Management Plan), Risk Assessment and Management.
Waste Management- Waste Management Hierarchy. Waste disposal and recycling.
7 Video- Sustainable Housing and Developments.


8 Contaminants and how to store them, decontaminating sites, cleaning up spills, bunding 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4 ,

Drainage Control and Stabilisation

1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,2.1,2.2, .1,3.2 

Sediment Control and SW protection


Land Disturbance- (Erosion, Manage contaminated waterways, Dust Control)


Flora and Fauna damage from building, Rehabilitation, Revegetation, Grassing

13 Video- or site visit to Ceres 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4

Noise and Vibration, Traffic




Litter, Air quality, road cleaning, protecting Infrastructure



Summary and Exam Preparation 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4





Resit or resubmissions if granted 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: Presentation & Progress Report

Weighting towards final grade (%):20


Assessment 2: Assignment

Weighting towards final grade (%):30


Assessment 3: Final Test

Weighting towards final grade (%):50

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix


Performance Criteria Covered

Presentation & Progress Report


Final Test

































Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Presentation, Weeks 4-16
Weighting towards final grade (%): 10%

Assessment 2: Test, Week 14
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40%

Assessment 3: Test, Week 17
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50%

All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.

This course is graded as Competent with grading or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:
80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MSAENV272B Elements & Performance Criteria

 MSAENV272B Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 2.1 2.2 3.1 3.2
Presentation x x x x x x x x
Assignment x x x x x  x  x  x
Exam x x x x x x x x

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
  EA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6
Presentation X   X   X X   X     X X X X X X
Assignment    X X  X X  X X X X X X X X X X X
Exam X    X  X X  X          X X  X  X  X  

All Assessments

2 1 3 2 3 3 1 2 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 2
0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one but less than one-third of the Element
2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third but less than two-thirds of the Element
3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, 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 25 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 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 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 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) 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:

Please refer to find more information about special consideration


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

Please refer to find more information about plagiarism.

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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