Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: EASC5049C

Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Lucy Adam

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 59421

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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 unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively measure current resource use and to carry out improvements including reducing the negative environmental impact of work practices.This unit requires the ability to access industry information, and applicable legislative and occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


1. Identify current resource use and environmental issues.

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.


2. Comply with environmental regulations.

Performance Criteria:

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


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

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

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

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of learning activities including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, group activities, work sheets, analysis of case studues, research and report writing.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Topic
1. Introduction to unit, course guide, assessment requirements.
Group activity – in small groups list all the things you do in your everyday life home/work that you think are sustainable. Define what you think sustainability is. Definitions are presented to class by groups.

Watch – The story of stuff and complete questionnaire

Homework – Calculate your ecological footprint - How many planets do you need to sustain your lifestyle?

2. What is an ecological footprint – in small groups discuss findings and List 3 things you could change to reduce your footprint.

What’s driving sustainability? International and local agendas

Group activity – envision the future. 30 years from now (2042). Probable and preferable, discuss with class

3. Accreditations, compliance EPA Case study:
Do the right thing?

EPA website class activity

4. Life cycle assessment.

In small groups conduct life cycle assessments on different objects.

5. Identify resource use in own area: List all resources you use in your work area, describe, how they are used, in what quantities, consider waste and disposal.

Visualisation activity: How does sustainability work in your industry? Imagine an organisation in your industry, What would it look like? What would people be doing? What is best practice in your industry? What are the drivers, barriers and opportunities to change?

6. Develop an action plan: Using environmental management strategies develop plans to improve environmental practices in your working environment. This includes identifying areas for improvement and details about how your action plan is implemented

This is an group activity

7. Material Diversity: Fibres, origins, ethics and sustainability.

Class activity: in small groups research different fibres and assess their sustainability credentials. Findings will be compiled into a resource booklet

Material Diversity brief discussed in class

8. Material Diversity continued.
Present findings from activity in week 7 to class

Scheduled research time for Material Diversity report 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Chapman, J & Gant, N 2007, Designers, Visionaries and other stories: A collection of sustainable design essays, Earthscan, UK.

Fletcher, K & Grose, L 2011, Fashion & Sustainability: Design for Change, Laurence King Publishing Ltd, UK.


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards.

Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks:

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

  1. Work book - includes all activities undertaken in class
  2. Action plan for own work area
  3. Material Diversity report

Details of assessment requirements will be provided in class

Submission items and  tasks  for this course will be assessed as:

CA        Competency Achieved
NYC      Not yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.


Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Student Directed Hours

* In this course, minimum student directed hours are 14 in addition to 16 scheduled teaching hours.
* Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources and writing project reports.

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