Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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 Email:peter.bonnell@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam              lucy.adam@rmit.edu.au

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

Nil

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

Element:

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.

Element:

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.
 

Element:

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.

Element:

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, site visits, research, and class discussions.
Students will undertake an audit of a design brief and report on how improvements can be applied and prepare and deliver a presentation on environmentally sustainable work practices.


Teaching Schedule

Session 1: Introduction, course guides, assessment. Collect information on environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures

Session 2: Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility. EMS brief

Session 3: Identify environmental regulations applying to an enterprise

Session 4: Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and specialists

Session 5: Access external sources of information and data as required

Session 6: Analyse current work processes to access information and data and assist in identifying areas for improvement.

Session 7: Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage.

Session 8: Source techniques/tools to assist in achieving targets.

Session 9:Develop plans to improve sustainability

Session 10: Implement environmental improvements

Session 11: Monitor and investigate current resource usage

Session 12: Address environmental and resource sustainability initiatives

Session 13: Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility and communicate ideas and possible solutions

Session 14: Document outcomes and communicate reports on targets to key personnel and stakeholders

Session 15: Promote successful strategies to environmental issues

Session 16: Document outcomes and evaluate strategies

*Please note this teaching schedule is subject to change


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

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%

Presentation - 40%

Media Article - CA/NYC Result only  (ungraded assessment but must be completed to be deemed competent in course)
Weekly Journal- CA/NYC Result only (ungraded assessment but must be completed to be deemed competent in course)

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. You are encouraged to do as much research on sustainable practice as possible.


Assessment Matrix

 Ass Task 1Ass Task 2Ass Task 3Ass Task 4
Investigate current practices in relation to resource usageXXXX
Set targets for improvements. X  
Implement performance improvement strategies. XX 
Monitor performance.XX X

Other Information

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

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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre 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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/disability 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 lodgement 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:
Please refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=riderwtscifm to find more information about special consideration.
 

Plagiarism:
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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