Course Title: Use sustainable environmental practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: MIET6059C

Course Title: Use sustainable environmental practices

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4213 - Certificate IV in Textile Technology and Production

Course Contact : Rafael Beltran

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9179

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 course covers the knowledge and skills needed to use and make improvements in sustainable environmental and energy practices in production, maintenance and logistics. The minimisation of waste and environmental threats form the TCF sector is also addressed and resources used by the sector outlined.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MCMT271A Use sustainable environmental practices


1. Identify resource use
2. Comply with environmental obligations
3. Follow resource conservation plans
4. Improve resource use

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify resources used by processes in area of responsibility
1.2 Recognise the type/source of resource used
2.1 Follow procedures to ensure there is no breach of environmental regulations/licence conditions
2.2 Identify situations related to job which may lead to a breach of regulations/licence conditions
3.1 Identify resource conservation plan/section of plan relevant to area of responsibility
3.2 Check resource use is in accordance with plan
3.3 Sort/recycle waste according to procedures
3.4 Note any uses which do not comply with plan
3.5 Take appropriate action specified in plan to bring resource use back in line with plans
4.1 Identify waste of resource use
4.2 Recommend improvements to resource use

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning consisting of classroom activities and practical workshops.

Teaching Schedule

Week Beginning Session – Topic Element
Performance Criteria
Assessment Tasks
9 February 09  Drivers for environmental change. Textile production impacts on the environment.  1,2 Quiz: How green are your jeans
16 February 09  Activity: Impact of the TCF sector on the environment  1,2 
23 February 09  Environmental legislative requirements and policy mechanisms. 2 Creative Assignment
2 March 09  Resource use in textile production: Impact of resource depletion on the environment and society. 1,2 
9 March 09  Resource conservation. Methods available to reduce consumption 1,3 Case Study
16 March 09  Classification of wastes produced by textile manufacturing and supply. 1 
23 March 09  Waste volume reduction: Process improvement. Available techniques to reduce waste. 2,3,4 
30 March 09  Waste prevention: By-product recovery and raw material recycling 2,3,4 Case Study
6 April 09  Easter Holidays  
13 April 09  Easter Holidays  
20 April 09  Resource and waste reduction techniques employed in early stage wool processing.  2,3,4 
27 April 09  Sources of energy use in textile production. 1,2 
4 May 09  Implementation of energy conservation plans. 1,2,3 Case Study
11 May 09  The nature of pollutants. Impact of pollutants on the environment and society. 2,3 
18 May 09  Air pollution control. Removal of gaseous and odorous pollutants 2,3,4 
25 May 09  Water pollutants and control options. 2,3,4 
1 June 09  Hazardous, solid waste and noise pollutants. 2,3,4 
8 June 09 Relationship between environmental impact and product function and marketability.  Environmental management. Implementation of environmental policy. 2Creative assignment (due date)
15 June 09  Assessment week – Quiz 1,2,3,4 Quiz
22 June 09  Assessment week  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. Blackburn R.S. Biodegradable and sustainable fibres.
2. Chen, H., Burns, L, D., (2006). "Environmental Analysis of Textile Products." Clothing & Textiles Research Journal: 248-260.
3. Claudio, L. (2007). "Waste couture: environmental impact of the clothing industry." Environ Health Perspect 9(115): A448-54.
4. Horrocks R, A. (1998). Ecotextile '98 : sustainable development. Ecotextile '98, The Bolton Moat House, 7&8th April 1998.
5. Jones, H. R. Pollution control in the textile industry.
6. Miraftab M. and Horrocks, A. R. (2004). Ecotextiles: the way forward for sustainable development in textiles.
7. Skelly, J., K., Water recycling in textile wet processing.
8. Slater, K. (2003). Environmental Impact of Textiles: Production, Processes and Protection. Cambridge, England, Woodhead publishing limited.
9. Stewart, N. (1995). Managing the Environment. Knitting Industries' Federation Seminar, Nov 8, Derby.
10. Winters, G. (1988). Business and the Environment - A handbook of industrial ecology., McGraw-Hill.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students will study experimental textiles in tutorials, practical experimentation and through prescribed exercises and assessment work.

Assessment Tasks

1. Quiz: How green are your jeans 5%
2. Creative Assignment 45%
3. Case Study (3) 30%
4. Quiz 20%

Assessment Matrix


1. Quiz: How green are your jeans

2. Creative Assignment 3. Case Study (3)4. Quiz
1. Identify resource use YesYesYesYes
2. Comply with environmental obligations -YesYes-
3. Follow resource conservation plans -YesYes-
4. Improve resource use -YesYes-

Other Information

-  Assessment task deemed competent if pass mark of 50% or greater is achieved.
- Students must pass all assessment tasks to achieve a pass in this course
- One re-submit per assessment task is allowed.
- Negotiation to vary assessment methods may be made in special circumstances. This is subject to the discretion of the trainer after consideration of the learner’s request and is done on a needs basis.

This guideline maybe subject to change

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