Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: EASC5050C

Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4251 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254819

Course Contact Email:jennifer.crowley@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

John Perperis  john.perperis@rmit.edu.au

Kieron Meagher  kieron.meagher@rmit.edu.au

Kristine Piggford  kristine.piggford@rmit.edu.au

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

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

Element:

1. Identify current resource use and environmental issues

1.1. Identify workplace environmental and resource efficiency issues.
1.2. Identify resources used in own work role.
1.3. Measure and record current usage of resources using appropriate techniques.
1.4. Identify and report workplace environmental hazards to appropriate personnel.
 

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify workplace environmental and resource efficiency issues.
1.2. Identify resources used in own work role.
1.3. Measure and record current usage of resources using appropriate techniques.
1.4. Identify and report workplace environmental hazards to appropriate personnel
 

Element:

2. Comply with environmental regulations.

2.1. Follow procedures to ensure compliance.
2.2. Report environmental incidents to appropriate personnel.
 

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Follow procedures to ensure compliance.
2.2. Report environmental incidents to appropriate personnel.
 

Element:

3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.

3.1. Follow enterprise plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.
3.2. Make suggestions for improvements to workplace practices in own work area.
 

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Follow enterprise plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.
3.2. Make suggestions for improvements to workplace practices in own work area.
 


Learning Outcomes


This unit contains employability skills.

EVIDENCE GUIDE
The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Overview of assessment A person who demonstrates competence in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to follow workplace procedures according to instructions given and to participate in the improvement of environmental and resource efficient work practices at own level of responsibility. Evidence must be strictly relevant to the particular workplace role.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit It is essential that competence is demonstrated in the knowledge and skills defined in this unit. These may include the ability to:
• identify and measure resources used in their job
• identify situations likely to lead to an environmental incident
• follow procedures related to environmental performance.
Consistent performance should be demonstrated. For example, look to see that:
• work is routinely to procedures
• the minimum of resources is used consistent with the job requirements, good practice and the procedures.
Context of and specific resources for assessment Assessors must be satisfied that the person can consistently perform the unit as a whole, as defined by the Elements, Performance Criteria and skills and knowledge.
Depending on the selected methods of assessment access may be required to:
• workplace procedures and plans
• documentation in relation to production, waste, overheads, hazard control/management
• reports from supervisors/managers
• case study/scenarios
Method of assessment A holistic approach should be taken to the assessment.
Competence in this unit may be assessed:
• by demonstration in the workplace
• using targeted questioning for appropriate portions
• by use of a suitable simulation and/or a range of case studies/scenarios
• by a combination of these techniques.
In all cases it is expected that practical assessment will be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge and theoretical assessment will be combined with appropriate practical/simulation or similar assessment.
Guidance information for assessment Assessors need to be aware of any cultural issues that may affect responses to questions. Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate and appropriate to the oracy, language and literacy capacity of the assessee and the work being performed.
 

RANGE STATEMENT
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
Procedures All operations are performed in accordance with procedures including all relevant workplace procedures, work instructions, temporary instructions and relevant industry and government codes and standards.
Environmental and resource efficiency issues Environmental and resource efficiency issues include minimisation of environmental risks and maximisation of opportunities to improve business environmental performance and to promote more efficient production and consumption of natural resources, for example by:
• minimisation of waste, through implementation of the waste management hierarchy
• efficient and effective use of energy and other resources
• seeking alternative sources of energy
• efficient use of materials and appropriate disposal of waste
• use of controls to minimise the risk of environmental damage from hazardous substances
• efficient water use
• reducing emissions
• life cycle analysis applied to issues such as energy supply, materials, transport, production
Measure Measure should be interpreted in a manner consistent with the scope of the job and may include things like:
• counting the number of items entering/leaving a work area
• reading indicators in the work area
• obtaining relevant information from support personnel
• other simple means
Appropriate techniques Appropriate techniques include:
• material fed to/consumed by plant/equipment
• plant meters and gauges
• job cards including kanbans
• examination of invoices from suppliers
• measurements made under different conditions
• examination of relevant information and data.
Compliance Compliance includes meeting relevant federal, state and local government laws, by-laws, regulations and mandated codes of practice. It also includes any codes and standards that the enterprise applies voluntarily.
Incidents Incidents include:
• breaches or potential breaches of regulations
• occurrences outside of standard procedure which may lead to lower environmental performance.
Enterprise plans Enterprise plans include:
• documented policies and procedures
• work plans to minimise waste, increase efficiency of water/energy use, minimise environmental hazards
Suggestions Suggestions include ideas that help to:
• prevent and minimise environmental risks and maximise opportunities
• reduce emissions of greenhouse gases
• reduce use of non-renewable resources
• improve energy efficiency
• increase use of renewable, recyclable, reusable and recoverable resources
• reduce waste
• increasing the reusability/recyclability of wastes/products
• reduce water usage and/or water wastage.

 


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 style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

The mode of delivery for this course is Blended.

In Class Activities may include :

  • Lectures
  • Guest Speakers
  • Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Group Discussion
  • Teacher directed group activities/projects
  • Workshopping of student projects
  • Analysis/critique of relevant reading material

Out of Class Activities may include:

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work
  • Industry related excursions
  • Gallery/Exhibition visits


Teaching Schedule

WEEKCLASS CONTENTELEMENTS
1Introduction & course outline.  Presentation of project.1
2ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) Principles Presentation and planning1
3Draw plan and section for ESD proposal1,2,3
4Present ESD Concept for Warehouse Project1,2,3
5Complete ESD cross section drawing1,2,3
6Submit ESD Proposal for assessment1,2,3
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Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information


Other Resources

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

Students may be required to use some of the following materials in preparation of drawings for this course:

  • drawing pencils, pens and markers
  • scale ruler, metal ruler, adjustable set square
  • paper
  • access to a computer, the internet and current hardware and software


Overview of Assessment

Required Skills and Knowledge
REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.
Required skills
Required skills include the ability to:
• report as required by procedures
• follow procedures and instructions and respond to change
• ask questions and seek clarifications relating to work requirements
Reading and writing is required in order to interpretrequired procedures and complete required workplace forms/reports.
Numeracy is required to interpret numeric workplace information, readings and measurements, handle data as required and complete numeric components of workplace forms/reports.
Required knowledge
Competency includes sufficient knowledge to:
• have a basic understanding of sustainability
• know the environmental hazards/risks, resource use and inefficiencies associated with own workplace (at an appropriate level)
• know the relevant environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures for own work area
• know the impact of laws and regulations to a level relevant to the work context
 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard

Assessment Task 1 - ESD Proposal for Warehouse Conversion

Analyse the environmental factors of a Warehouse Conversion site and determine the effect on the interior.  Prepare an ESD proposal to modify the existing dwelling in line with current energy saving standards. Presentation is to include a freehand schematic design proposal for the interior functional layout of rooms/service rooms and exterior landscape courtyard.   Presented in A3 format.  Submission Due Date: Week 6.


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).

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


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

 

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded).
 

Other Information

Attendance
The major 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 to gain the competency.

Feedback - 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 :
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1


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, appeals and discipline :
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

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 :
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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