Course Title: Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: ENVI5096C

Course Title: Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6152 - Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ruth Wellington
9925 9417

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

None required.

Course Description

In this course you will research and incorporate sustainable design practices and knowledge into a communication outcome. This investigation will respond to a brief that requires you to creatively apply industry specific sustainable information, incorporating effective sustainable practice into the solution.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice


1 Evaluate environmental sustainability of current practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assess source of materials used in current practice, taking account of their origin and abundance

1.2 Investigate and evaluate resource use and sustainability issues in current practice

1.3 Identify and evaluate relevant legislation, codes of practice, and national standards that impact on workplace sustainability to ensure compliance

1.4 Analyse and address existing and potential environmental risks and hazards in the workplace


2 Use resources sustainably in own practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use sustainable work practices across all areas of activity

2.2 Explore use of alternative sources of materials, including recycled products where possible

2.3 Source and use more sustainable approaches in work, including sustainable materials in preference to materials in short supply

2.4 Maximise use of waste products arising from the creative process

2.5 Monitor and measure use of resources in own practice on an ongoing basis, and make changes that reduce usage where practicable


3 Make sustainable design decisions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate choice and use of materials in design briefs, whether generated by self or others

3.2 Assess impact of user needs and preferences on sustainable design options

3.3 Assess environmental impact of intended production processes

3.4 Determine opportunities to enhance sustainability by asking pertinent questions

3.5 Positively influence the sustainability of design process within scope of own responsibility

3.6 Include explicit reference to sustainability issues in design and production documentation


4 Maintain currency of sustainability issues and options

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Maintain currency of specialised knowledge of sustainability issues relevant to own area of expertise

4.2 Proactively identify sources of information and professional development to build own sustainability skills

4.3 Integrate current and emerging ideas into own practice

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry-related projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • guest lectures or site visits
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion and activities
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision


Teaching Schedule

This course (ENVI5096C - Establish and maintain envronmentally sustainable creative practice - CUAPPR504) will be delivered in the same weekly session as GRAP5373C - Engage in the business of graphic design - CUAGRD601. The timeline below contains activities for both courses.

WeekLearning activityENVI5096CGRAP5373C
 1Course Overview, Timeline and WIL info.
Begin Task 1 - What Kind of Designer Do I Want To Be?
 2 Intro to Project 1: Self Promotion Suite: DEVELOP BRANDING.

Task 1: Eco Graphic Design - written responses on sustainable GD practices
Project 1S: Sustainable graphic design practices - Introduce brief/research

 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4
Continue with Project 1: Self Promotion Suite.
Continue with Project 1: Self Promotion Suite.

Task 2: Eco Packaging Design - concept for redesign of packaging for a product

 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4
 5No Class - Curriculum day  
LINKED IN. Continue with Project 1: Self Promotion Suite.
Submit Project 1: Self Promotion Suite AT END OF CLASS
Project 1S: Sustainable graphic design practices - Research
 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4
 8Time Management task and activities.
Task 2: Collaborative project: Graduate’s Guide - produce an info booklet
 9Task 2: Collaborative project: Graduate’s Guide - produce an info booklet
Project 1S: Sustainable graphic design practices - Research/draft
 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4
10Task 2: Collaborative project: Graduate’s Guide - DUE  1,2,3,4
11Clients, Contracts and Agencies. Project 2 - WIL presentation brief.
Project 1S: Sustainable graphic design practices - DUE
 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4 
  Mid Semester break - Sept 16 - Oct 1 (inclusive)  
12Record Keeping Basics, How To Charge Design Fees  1,2,3,4
13Project 2: Presentation tips and preparation  1,2,3,4
14Project 2 DUE: Student WIL presentations  1,2,3,4
15Student WIL presentations continued (if needed). Exhibition prep
Project 1S: Class presentation
 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4
16Exhibition prep  1,2,3,4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

References/ recommended texts

Recommended Texts
Sustainable Graphic Design, Wendy Jedlicka CCP © 2010 [ISBN 978-0-470-24670-2]
Designing sustainable packaging, Scott Boylston © 2009 [ISBN 978-1-85669-597-8]
Sustainable research by designers, an Anthology, edited by Lisa Graham, © 2011 [ISBN 978-1-86335-876-7]

Website References Sustainable Packaging Alliance Design your Eco life Sustainability Victoria Re-Nourish Design Sustainability 

Other Resources

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site (Blackboard) and also for Google Docs and Google Groups via your student Google Account for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the ‘Computer Survival Kit’ provided during orientation.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

The University Library has extensive resources for Graphic Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or exercises and activities. The assessment tasks are:
Sustainable studio plan and checklist.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.


Assessment Tasks

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.

This course has two Summative Tasks, both of which must be completed. Each task has an allocated percentage of the total grade. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Tasks and Project

DUE WEEK 3 : Task 1S

Eco Graphic Design - written responses on sustainable GD practices.

DUE WEEK 5 : Task 2S

Eco Packaging Design - concept for redesign of packaging for a product.

DUE WEEK 11 : Project 1S

Report into current sustainable GD practices that includes a case study,
materials and processes, green printing options, etc. Weighting: 100%

DUE WEEK 15 : Presentation of Project 1S report

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

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

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above) and on Blackboard.

Other Information


The major aspect of your learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity for success.


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT (unresolved)

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy (unresolved)

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration


When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e-Submission process. Information regarding the e-Submission process

On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission
On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity (unresolved)


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