Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: EASC5040C

Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4226 - Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Course Contact : Seymour Jacobson

Course Contact Phone: 9925 1563

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

There are no pre-requisites for this unit.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness. This unit requires the ability to access industry information, applicable legislative and occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines.  While no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply holistically to this unit at the time of publication, relevant national, state and territory legislation, regulations and codes of practice impact upon this unit.

This unit applies to those with responsibility for a specific area of work or who lead a work group or team. It addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices, including the development of processes and tools, such as:

  • identifying areas for improvement
  • developing plans to make improvements
  • implementing and monitoring improvements to environmental performance.

A person who demonstrates competence in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to implement and monitor integrated environmental and resource efficiency management policies and procedures within an organisation. Evidence must be strictly relevant to the particular workplace role.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


1. Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage

Performance Criteria:

Identify environmental regulations applying to the enterprise

Analyse procedures for assessing compliance with environmental/sustainability regulations

Collect information on environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures, and provide to the work group where appropriate

Collect, analyse and organise information from a range of sources to provide information/advice and tools/resouces for improvement opportunities

Measure and document current resource usage of members of the work group

Analyse and document current purchasing strategies

Analyse current work processes to access information and data to assist in identifying areas for improvement



2. Set targets for improvements

Performance Criteria:

Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and specialists

Acess external sources of information and data as required

Evaluate alternative solutions to workplace environmental issues

Set efficiency targets


3. Implement performance improvement strategies

Performance Criteria:

Source and use appropriate techniques and tools to assist in achieving efficiency targets

Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility, including ideas and possible solutions to communicate to the work group and management

Implement and integrate environmental and resource efficiency plans for own work group with other operational activities

Supervise and support team members to identify possible areas for improved practices and resource efficiency in work  area

Seek suggestions and ideas about environmental and resource efficiency management from stakeholders and act upon where appropriate

Implement costing strategies to fully value environmental assets


4. Monitor performance

Performance Criteria:

Use and/or develop evaluation and monitoring, tools and technology

Document and communicate outcomes to report on efficiency targets to key personnel and stakeholders

Evaluate strategies and improvement plans

Set new efficiency targets, and investigate and apply new tools and strategies

Promote successful strategies and reward participants where possible

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students are required to attend all classes to complete activities and in class assessments.  The class activities provide an opportunity to develop skills and apply theory to real life situations.  The learning activities may include:

  • Case studies and project work
  • Collaborative classroom activities and team activities
  • Peer interaction, reflection and discussion
  • Games and simulations
  • Reading the text book and accessing materials on Learning Hub

Teaching Schedule



 1 Overview of unit
 Course Guide

 Investigate current practices in relation
 to resource usage
 Environmental regulations

Tasks 1 and 2


 3 Investigate current practices in relation
 to resource usage
 Procedures for assessing compliance
Tasks 3 and 4 Portfolio: Tasks 1 and 2
 (Due: Bring completed
 Portfolio tasks to class
 each week)
 4 Investigate current practices in relation
 to resource usage
 Collect relevant information for the workgroup
 Provide information and advice for improvement
Tasks 8 and 10 Portfolio: Tasks 3 and 4
 5 Investigate current practices in relation
 to resource usage
 Measuring resource use
 Purchasing strategies
Task 12 Portfolio: Tasks 8 and 10
 6 Investigate current practices in relation
 to resource usage
 Measuring resource use
 Purchasing strategies
Task 14 Portfolio: Task 12
 7 Set targets for improvement
 External sources of information and data
Tasks 16 and 18 Portfolio: Task 14
 8 Set targets for improvement
 Evaluate alternative solutions
 Set efficiency targets
Tasks 19 and 20 Portfolio: Tasks 16 and 18

 Implement performance improvement strategies
 Techniques and tools
 Continuous improvement

Tasks 22 and 26 Portfolio: Tasks 19 and 20
 10 Implement performance improvement strategies
 Environmental and resource efficiency improvement
 Supervise team members
Tasks 28 and 31 Portfolio: Tasks 22 and 26
 11 Implement performance improvement strategies
 Seek suggestions for improvements
 Costing strategies
Tasks 32 and 33 Portfolio: Tasks 28 and 31
 12 Monitor performance
 Tools and technology for evaluation and monitoring 
Task 34 Portfolio: Tasks 32 and 33
 13 Monitor performance
 Communicating outcomes
Task 37 Portfolio: Task 34
 14 Monitor performance
 Evaluate strategies
Task 38 Portfolio: Task 37
 15 Monitor performance
 New targets, tools and strategies
Task 39 Portfolio: Task 38
 16 Monitor performance
 Promote successful strategies
  Portfolio: Task 39
Research Assignment
 Due: 3/06/11

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Software Publications Writing Team, Implement and Monitor Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices, Software Publications Pty Ltd 2009



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical assessments, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

Portfolio of Evidence

Evidence for your portfolio will be created and produced on a regular basis (weekly).  (Please refer to the Teaching Schedule above.) Your portfolio pieces will be brought to the following week’s class for submission to your facilitator. 

Workplace Research Assignment

You are required to carry out a small research project in order to ascertain the environmentally sustainable work practices of that organisation and make recommendations on improvements to such work practices.  (Please refer to the Assignment Sheet on the RMIT Learning Hub/Blackboard.)

Please note:

Assessment for this unit is not graded.  You will be assessed as either Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent (CA/NYC).

  • The Workplace Research Assignment should be submitted to the Assignment Box on Level 13 with a completed/signed assignment cover securely stapled to the front of it
  • Do not use plastic folders or sleeves - as we need to follow sustainable work practices within the program
  • Due to the complex nature of this unit, you may be asked to demonstrate competency more than once
  • You must demonstrate competence in each of the elements of this unit in order to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved)

Assessment Matrix

Course Overview: Access Course Overview