Course Title: Analyse and implement sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: OHTH5482

Course Title: Analyse and implement sustainable work practices

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:TAFEArt@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Mills
Email: jennifer.mills@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 15

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 course develops your skills and knowledge required by artists to develop, monitor and maintain economic, social, institutional and environmental work practices within a studio content.  The application of this course in the workplace sees an individual artist analyzing, planning for, improving and monitoring sustainable practices. In this course, you will research industry standard workplace practices, investigate OH&S and actively initiate innovation into your own studio practice. You will gain a deeper understanding of materials used in the production of artwork, and demonstrate appropriate handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials. Sustainability and minimising the environmental impact of an individual art practice will be the primary focus of this course.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU010 Analyse and implement sustainable work practices

Element:

1 Investigate and analyse current resource usage and workplace practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Investigate, measure and document current resource usage and environmental issues in the workplace
1.2 Analyse current purchasing strategies and work practices in relation to sustainability
1.3 Identify relevant legislation, codes and national standards that impact on workplace environmental practices to ensure compliance
1.4 Identify existing and potential environmental risks and hazards in the workplace and report on if/as required

Element:

2 Develop, promote and implement environmental and resource efficiency plan and procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop and document an environmental and resource efficiency plan, targets and work procedures based on analysis of resource usage and practices
2.2 Recognise, follow and communicate to individuals/team(s) the environmental and resource efficiency plan, targets and associated work procedures
2.3 Recognise, follow and communicate to individuals/team(s) relevant legislation, codes and national standards that impact on workplace environmental practices
2.4 Identify environmental training needs and provide training as required
2.5 Oversee implementation of environmental and resource efficiency plan and procedures
2.6 Respond positively and in a timely manner to environmental and resource efficiency actions, improvements and workplace practices

Element:

3 Promote continuous improvement and innovative environmental work practices

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Foster continuous improvement and sustainable innovation as an essential part of work practices and doing business
3.2 Gather information and encourage others to suggest and/or make improvements to environmental workplace plans and practices
3.3 Actively seek new ideas and incorporate entrepreneurial behaviour into work practices
3.4 Respond positively and promptly to changes in the workplace in accordance with environmental practice requirements
3.5 Inform individuals/team(s) of the results of environmental improvements and innovations in the workplace as appropriate
3.6 Identify environmental training needs, and seek training where/as required

Element:

4 Monitor environmental and resource efficiency performance plan

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Gather data and information to assess workplace performance against efficiency plan, targets and work
procedures
4.2 Evaluate and adjust efficiency plan, targets and work procedures to reflect workplace changes


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to understand sustainable work practices.

This course will provide you with a focus on the acquisition of essential industry skills.

You will learn the following:

  • Industry standard workplace practices
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, codes and national standards in reviewing current work practices
  • Potential hazards and risks in relation to studio and industry art practices
  • Innovation in current and future work practice.

On successful completion of this course, there will be evidence of self-review and continuous improvement in work practice.

 



 


Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:

1. In-class activities:

  • lectures
  • industry speakers
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • questionnaires
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures.

2. Out-of-class activities include:
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • project work
  • independent research
  • revision for tests.
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research, project work and speak to industry experts


Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in the teaching schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

WeekClass contentAssessment tasksPerformance
criteria
1Introduction
  • discussion of course elements
  • relevance of course to the context of studio arts
  • expectations.
  
2 Introduction to M.S.D.S
  • where to find them
  • what they contain
  • research and familiarization of individual studio practices issues.
Group work-
  • Break into small groups of major subjects and go through relevant msds.
  • Discuss and present 5 main points to class.
 
1.1, 1.3, 1.4
2.1, 2.2
3.2
4.1 
3 OH&S
  • Identify environmental and studio practice risks.
  • why is this important
  • recognising risk
  • how to avoid risk
  • procedures if accidents happen.
In groups identify major OH&S issues, write them up and do a quick drawing illustrating one of these issues 1.3, 1.4, 
4 Materials usage
  • looking at sourcing material
  • saving materials, eliminating wastage
  • looking at how other artists approach resource management in their practice
  • watch a selection of short documentary’s covering these issues.
Group discussion on films.  1.1, 1.2
 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6
3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.2 
5Week 4 continued
DVD’s on artists approach to notions of how to use a studio and available resources
Compare and contrast the innovation and changing approaches of the artists in the film.  1.1, 2.3, 3.3, 3.4
6Sustainable innovation.
Theo Jensen films and Bondi sculpture fair (recycled materials).
Group discussion  
7Street Art,
Hazards, law, communication, planning, extension of practice, anti studio.
  
8 Lateral approaches to studio practice and material dependence  Show and tell, bring in example of inspiring artist who fits this category 
9Studio contracts
  • what is a studio contract
  • how are they used
  • elements to consider when writing one, codes and national standards, oh&s, management of resources, shared spaces etc
Assessment task
Write and sign your own studio contract based on the requirement discussed.
How can you make it more relevant to your specific resources 
 
10Studio hazards
Identify current studio issues
 Clean and monitor own studio space 
11Gabriel Orozco, Artist independent of studio practices. How does he maintain his arts practice outside of these conventions Discuss this in relation to other subjects covered in this course 
12STUDIO CLEAN UP
Overview to maintain studio
OH&S issues and concerns
 Maintain safe work environment 
 13 Apply techniques to major subject, examine practice and procedures. Group discussion  
 14 Assessment and feedback
  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

You will require access to the sources of information needed to deal with sustainable work practices relating to the visual art industry. There is no specialist equipment required but access to a computer and appropriate software would be useful.


Overview of Assessment

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following evidence of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment. On completion of this course, you will receive graded assessment.

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • case studies
  • work samples or simulated workplace activities
  • oral questioning/interview
  • projects/reports/logbooks
  • observation and participation during class
  • portfolios of evidence.


Assessment must take place over a period of time in order to determine competence in the ongoing implementation and monitoring aspects of this unit.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

You will need to complete 2 assessment tasks for assessment of this course:

  • Studio contract
  • Research diary (including class notes and handouts).

Graded assessment is undertaken for this course. The grading criteria is outlined in the program handbook.
Grades used in this course are as follows:

  • CHD Competent with high distinction
  • CDI Competent with distinction
  • CC Competent with credit
  • CAG Competent achieved - graded
  • NYC Not Yet Competent
  • DNS Did not submit for assessment


Assessment Matrix

Assessment criteria taken from the unit of competency ElementPerformance criteriaEssential skillsEssential knowledgeCritical aspects
1.Current work practices are investigated and analysed in relation to resource usage and environmental issues1.Investigate and analyse current resource usage and workplace practices
2. Develop, promote and implement environmental and resource efficiency plan and procedures

1.1, 1.3, 2.1
Essential skills include:
• communication skills
• literacy skills for locating, comprehending and recording information, interpreting
environmental and energy efficiency requirements, creating tools to measure and monitor
improvements
• numeracy skills to analyse data on resource consumption and waste product volumes
• technology skills including ability to use software to record and file documentation, develop
charts, graphs, develop plans and other data and information
• analytical skills so as to problem solve, devise innovative solutions and reflect on strategies
and approaches
• planning skills so as to develop and record efficiency plans
 
Essential knowledge includes:
• relevant regulatory/legislative requirements including compliance requirements for
environmental/sustainability legislation, regulations and codes of practice including resource
hazards/risks associated with work area, job specification and procedures if applicable
• relevant knowledge of environmental and energy efficiency issues, systems and procedures
specific to industry practice
• knowledge of best practice approaches relevant to own area particularly in regard to
minimising environmental hazards and risks, and improving environmental performance
especially in regard to water catchments, air, noise, ecosystems, habitat, efficient use of
resources, sustainability, purchasing and waste minimisation
• strategies to maximize opportunities and minimise impacts relevant to own area
• OHS issues and requirements
• methods of analysing resource efficiency
• alternate resources /alternative ways of achieving the same function
• principles of resource efficiency
• potential environmental threats and problems relevant to a given region and occupation
• general work place practices and their potential impact on the environment  
The demonstrated ability to:
• Investigate and analyse and monitor own resource usage and workplace practices
• develop and implement an environmental and
resource efficiency plan and procedures
• promote continuous improvement and innovative  environmental work practices
2.Current work practices are investigated and analysed in relation to purchasing strategies 1.Investigate and analyse current resource usage and workplace practices
2. Develop, promote and implement environmental and resource efficiency plan and procedures
1.2, 1.3, 2.1   
3.There is evidence of knowledge of relevant legislation, codes and national standards in reviewing current work practices1.Investigate and analyse current resource usage and workplace practices
2. Develop, promote and implement environmental and resource efficiency plan and procedures
1.3, 2.1   
4.Potential hazards and risks are identified and communicated to others if required 1.Investigate and analyse current resource usage and workplace practices
2. Develop, promote and implement environmental and resource efficiency plan and procedures
3. Promote continuous improvement and innovative environmental work practices
1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.2   
5.Innovation in current and future work practice is outlined2. Develop, promote and implement environmental and resource efficiency plan and procedures
3. Promote continuous improvement and innovative environmental work practices
2.4, 2.6, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6   
6.There is evidence of self-review and continuous improvement in work practice3. Promote continuous improvement and innovative environmental work practices  
4. Monitor environmental and resource efficiency performance plan
3.1, 4.1, 4.2   

Other Information

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.

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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