Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EASC5050C

Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4759

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


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Valerie Mack  valerie.mack@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                                                                                

 

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

 

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practises and resource effciency.

 

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.

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.
 

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

In class activities may include:

  • class exercises to review discussions / lectures
  • lectures

Out of class activities may include:

  • analysis / critique of relevant reading material
  • online research
  • independent project based work
  • other activities as decided by teaching staff


Teaching Schedule

WEEKCLASS CONTENTLEARNING ELEMENTS
1

 

 
2  
3  
4SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Sustainable purchasing
Current environmental issues
Waterway health
Biodiversity

 

1.identify current resource use and environmental issues

2. Comply with environmental regulations

3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practises and resource effciency

5SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES
Rating tools
Life Cycle Analysis
Sourcing products
Innovative Recycled products
Case studies
 
1.identify current resource use and environmental issues

2. Comply with environmental regulations

3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practises and resource effciency
 

6

PASSIVE DESIGN
Introduction to the principles of passive design
ORIENTATION
EXTERNAL SHADING / LANDSCAPING
GLAZING & WINDOW PLACEMENT
THERMAL MASS
INSULATION
VENTILATION
 

1.identify current resource use and environmental issues

3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practises and resource effciency
 

7PASSIVE DESIGN
SUMMER
Orientation / andscaping / keeping the sun out / Internal & external window shading

 WEEK 11 - Preliminary assessment handin - project summary
 

 1.identify current resource use and environmental issues
3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practises and resource effciency

 

8PASSIVE DESIGN
WINTER

Thermal mass / insulation / draft proofing / glazing / window coverings
 
 1.identify current resource use and environmental issues
3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practises and resource effciency

 

9PASSIVE DESIGN
BREEZES

Ventilation / Creating Air flow / window types
 
  1.identify current resource use and environmental issues
3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practises and resource effciency

 

 MID SEMESTER BREAK 
10PASSIVE DESIGN
ENERGY

Other ways of reducing consumption / HWC / Solar Energy / Energy efficient Lighting
 
  1.identify current resource use and environmental issues
3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practises and resource effciency

 

11  
12FINAL ASSESSMENT HAND IN WEEK 12 Tuesday 13th May


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

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

As part of the assessment you will build your own list of relevant resources and websites


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.


Overview of Assessment

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.


CHD 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

For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include a written report.

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.

Asssessment Task - Sustainability Case Study

CASE STUDY
Presentation of a construction case study which includes:
Details on the environmental & resource efficiency systems / procedures used.
Details on how environmental risks were minimised.
Details on how waste was minimised.
 

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers. http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf


Assessment Matrix

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

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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