Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: EASC5071C

Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6158 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam 

ph: 9925 9421



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

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness. This will include considering the way sustainable work practices can be applied throughout the development of knit, weave and/or print related textile production and processes.

This course consists of 2 Units of Competency that are clustered together for delivery and assessment. The other Unit of Competency in this clustered course is:

  • MSTGN6003 Research and evaluate processes and products

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


1 Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify environmental regulations applying to the enterprise 1.2 Assess procedures for assessing compliance with environmental regulations 1.3 Collect information on environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures and provide to the work group, as required 1.4 Measure and record current resource usage by members of the work group 1.5 Analyse and record current purchasing strategies 1.6 Analyse current work processes to access information and data, and assist in identifying areas for improvement


2 Set targets for improvements 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and specialists 2.2 Access external sources of information and data as required 2.3 Evaluate alternative solutions to workplace environmental issues 2.4 Set efficiency targets


3 Implement performance improvement strategies 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Source and use techniques/tools to assist in achieving targets 3.2 Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility, and communicate ideas and possible solutions to the work group and management 3.3 Integrate environmental and resource efficiency improvement plans for own work group with other operational activities and implement them 3.4 Seek suggestions and ideas about environmental and resource efficiency management from stakeholders and act upon them where appropriate 3.5 Implement costing strategies to fully value environmental assets


4 Monitor performance 

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Document outcomes and communicate reports on targets to key personnel and stakeholders 4.2 Evaluate strategies and environmental performance, including breaches or potential breaches of regulations and occurrences outside of standard procedure which may lead to lower environmental performance 4.3 Set new targets and investigate and apply new tools and strategies 4.4 Promote successful strategies and reward participants where possible

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. You will have considered your workplace and/or creative production environment and identified sustainable processes and practices that impact the environment, and identified ways in which to implement and monitor improvements.  

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • design activities or projects
  • guest lecture/presentation
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule


Class content

Assessment due dates

  1. 15 Feb


Tiny House Briefing. Overview of project, meet with RMIT Sustainability committee, architect and furniture design students and staff.


Sustainable textile design trends discussed, and work shopped.

Brainstorming between students about product possibilities, style, direction and sustainability



  1. 22 Feb

Overview course guides, assessment tasks

Reflection on Tiny House initial briefing – trouble shooting times lines, expectations.


Assessment 1 & 2 discussed - Interior textiles and sustainability report and Sustainable sampling and production – working with industrial waste 



  1. 1 Mar

Sustainable sampling and manufacture – material selection, products, processes.

Analysis of current work practices, material use, procurement strategies. This will involve developing an environmental policy and investigating resource usage



  1. 8 Mar

Sustainable sampling and production – OH&S

Analysis of process. The way you operate your processes will impact on the environment. What are the environmental impacts from your processes? You will need to determine manufacturing capabilities, limitations and opportunities


  1. 15 Mar

Sustainable sampling and production.

Implement strategies and set targets for improvement.

Documentation regarding how you will monitor, implement and make environmental improvements in the future, making mention of any relevant organisations, accreditations or certifications.


  1. 22 Mar

Sustainable sampling and production

Implement strategies and set targets for improvement.

Documentation regarding how you will monitor, implement and make environmental improvements in the future, making mention of any relevant organisations, accreditations or certifications.

Assessment 1 due - Interior textiles and sustainability report

  1. 29 Mar

Sustainable sampling and production. Finalise samples, finishing presentation.

Complete reporting, specifications and documentation


  1. 5 April

Presentation of textile concepts

Assessment 2 due - Sustainable sampling and production.

  1. 12 April

Print collection swatch Production.


  1.    19 April Public Holiday (Good Friday) & Easter Break
  1. 3 May

Print collection Swatch Production


  1. 10 May

Local fibre economies and supply chains, carbon footprint of fashion and textiles, role of farming in textile production



  1. 17 May

Local manufacturing, accreditations and standards



  1. 24 May

Ethics in fashion and Textiles, ECA accreditation, transparent supply chains



  1. 31 May

New Technologies with Fibre Production and designing with sustainable materials & Most Significant Change Reflection Activity


Assessment 3 due - Sustainability journal – materials, products and processes

  1. 7 June



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Clean Clothes Campaign

Ethical Fashion Forum

Fair Trade Foundation

Environmental Justice Foundation

The Good Guide

Greenpeace Detox Campaign

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three assessment tasks. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

Course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you in the first session and specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.
This course comprises of both practical and theory components. You will be expected to attend and participate in class activities.
As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research outside of regular class times.

After determining competence on assessment tasks, a grade will be applied that reflects your level of performance.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. You should refer to the assessment brief for full assessment criteria.


1. Interior textiles and sustainability report - Due 22 March

This assessment requires you to undertake on a report on interior textiles and sustainability. It may include lighting, blinds, curtains, soft furnishings, upholstery, carpet, rugs, wall hangings, napery, wallpaper or other textile products and you will be required to research products, processes, sustainability issues within the industry and evaluate sustainability performance and credentials. 

2. Sustainable sampling and production - Due 5 April

The tiny house project involves developing a range of textile samples (minimum 4) to be created from either industrial or consumer waste and you will be required to physically produce these samples and document the production processes.  An analysis of all materials and processes will be required and presented as a report along with samples. This assessment task is designed to enable you to monitor and investigate current resource usage, develop plans to improve sustainability and implement environmental improvements.

3. Sustainability journal – materials, products and processes - Due 31 May

This assessment requires to complete weekly writing tasks from week 12-15 that reflect different topics related to sustainability in fashion and textiles industries. Topics will relate to excursions, guest lecturers and independent research. 


After determining competence on assessment tasks, a grade will be applied that reflects your level of performance


Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

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


All assessment tasks in this unit are clustered with MSTGN6003Research and evaluate processes and products.  MSTGN6003Research and evaluate processes and products is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment and is assessed only for competency

Assessment Matrix

Assessment matrix is available from the Program Co-coordinator upon request

Other Information


Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

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.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now requires to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.



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