Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5461C

Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam    

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

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSAENV472A 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 where appropriate.
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 specialist.
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 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.
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 to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Sessions will include group presentations, guest lectures, research sessions and class discussions.
Students will undertake an audit of a design brief and report on how improvements can be applied .

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Introduction to unit, course guide, assessment requirements. Group discussion about what is sustainability and the notion of how we put in place sustainable practice. The story of stuff.

Week 2: Approaches to sustainability: People, Planet, Profit, Cradle to Cradle principles, Product stewardship, Make do and mend. Case study of businesses that engage in sustainable practice

Week 3: Ethics and Fashion production. Film: China Blue, Class discussion about human rights and fairtrade principles

Week 4: Ethics and fashion production continued. Guest speaker: Ethical clothing Australia

Week 5: Greenwashing, what is it?  Group allocation of topics for presentations

Week 6: Fibres and sustainability, Manufactured fibres, natural fibres and fibre alternatives. New textile and Fabric technologies. Class activity: in small groups research different fibres and assess their sustainability. Findings will be compiled into a booklet

Week 7: Group topic and planning research, scheduled library time

Week 8: Group topic and planning research, scheduled library time

Week 9: Presentations: Innovation in production - Trend analysis and Fashion &Textiles and sustainable possibilities - Fairtrade principles/Corporate Social responsibility

Week 10: Presentations: New technology for sustainable fashion - textiles and Big retail scan - Rethinking Fast: Slow fashion/Slow design

Week 11: Presentations: Life cycle analysis and the global textile recycling chain - Fairtrade principles/Corporate Social responsibility - Recycling, packaging and design strategies

Week 12: Presentations: Reduce, reduce, recycle - waste management strategies - Little retail scan - Ethical fashion organisations

Week 13: Overview of EMS, analysis of examples, what they are used for.

Week 14: Scheduled class time to work on EMS. Students will undertake a personal audit of their experimental textiles project Revolve which will be undertaken in Design and Produce Experimental Textiles . An analysis of all materials and processes will be required and presented as a report.

Week 15: Scheduled class time to work on EMS. Students will undertake a personal audit of their experimental textiles project Revolve which will be undertaken in Design and Produce Experimental Textiles . An analysis of all materials and processes will be required and presented as a report.

Week 16: Presentations: Revolve - to include finished piece of work from experimental textiles and analysis of all materials and processes,details of implementing and monitoring improvements in environmental performance

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Sustainable Fashion & Textiles Design Journeys, Kate Fletcher

Eco-chic the fashion paradox, Sandy Black

Slow Living, Perkins

Sustainable Fashion: Why Now? Janet Hethorn & Connie Ulasewicz

Designers, visionaries & other stories, A collection of sustainable design essays, Jonathan Chapman & Nick Grant

Environmental Management Systems: A Step by Step Guide to Implementation and Maintenance, Christopher Sheldon & Mark Yoxon

Biomimicry, Janine M. Benyus

Bioregional Solutions: For living on one planet, Pooran Desai

Environmental Law (Nutshells), Brenda Short

Modern Environmentalism: An Intro, David Pepper

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.
This course comprises 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 and assessment practice outside of regular class times and participate in formal assessment tasks.
PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment.

Assessment Tasks

Sustainability audit plan - 60%

Students will undertake a personal audit, an EMS, of their experimental textiles project "Revolve".  An analysis of all materials and processes will be required and presented as a report.

Group Presentation - 40%

In small groups students will be required to present to the group on an aspect of sustainable practice from provided list of topics. Prepare a 15-20 minute presentation on your group topic. Provide a clear overview and explain what the topic is about. Provide examples of companies, organisations or individuals that have developed or adopted the practices you have researched. You must include references and websites.

Weekly Journal Keep a weekly journal, jot down points of interest to you, personal reflections,  notes on presentations, reflections on sustainable events articles from newspapers/magazines, fibre analysis. Journal reference will be discussed each week - You are encouraged to do as much research on sustainable practice as practicable.

Assessment Matrix

 ElementsSustainabilty audit planGroup PresentationWeekly journal
1. Investigate current practices in relation to resource useage X X 
2. Set targets for improvements X  
3.  Implement performance improvement strategies X  X
 4. Monitor performance X  

Other Information

RMIT Textile Design and Development  promotes and supports sustainable practice. Please refer to online course guides and RMIT email  for communication.

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