Course Title: Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: BUSM6394C

Course Title: Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5300 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact : Swati Dave

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5811

Course Contact Email:swati.dave@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact:  Krissi Kirk

Course Contact Email:  krissi.kirk@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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 unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and implement a workplace sustainability policy, including the modification of the policy to suit changed circumstances.
This unit also requires the ability to access industry information, applicable legislative and occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines.

This unit is delivered using a blend of classroom based and self-paced learning activities.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Element:

1. Develop workplace sustainability policy

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Define scope of sustainability policy
1.2. Gather information from a range of sources to plan and develop policy
1.3. Identify and consult stakeholders as a key component of the policy development process
1.4. Include appropriate strategies in policy at all stages of work for minimising resource use, reducing toxic material and hazardous chemical use, and employing life cycle management approaches
1.5. Make recommendations for policy options based on likely effectiveness, timeframes and cost
1.6. Develop policy that reflects the organisation's commitment to sustainability as an integral part of business planning and as a business opportunity
1.7. Agree to appropriate methods of implementation

Element:

2. Communicate workplace sustainability policy

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Promote workplace sustainability policy, including its expected outcome to key stakeholders
2.2.Inform those involved in implementing the policy as to outcomes expected, activities to be undertaken and responsibilities assigned

Element:

3. Implement workplace sustainability policy

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Develop and communicate procedures to help implement workplace sustainability policy
3.2. Implement strategies for continuous improvement in resource efficiency
3.3. Establish and assign responsibility to use recording systems for tracking continuous improvements in sustainability approaches

Element:

4. Review workplace sustainability policy implementation

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Document outcomes and provide feedback to key personnel and stakeholders
4.2. Investigate successes or otherwise of policy
4.3. Monitor records to identify trends that may require remedial action and use to promote continuous improvement of performance
4.4. Modify policy and or procedures as required to ensure improvements are made


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include in-class discussion and participation, small group work, research topics and presentations on a variety of topics as shown in the Teaching Schedule below. 

Students should attend all sessions.


Students will also be expected to undertake research for homework. Students will be expected to complete group activities. 
 


Teaching Schedule


The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
 

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessmentCompetencies Delivered 
18th July 2013

Pre-training review:
• RPL
• LLN as required

Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard

Overview of assessment requirements:
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy

Introduction
BSBSUS509A OHTH 5592C
• Introduction to course material, administration & assessments.
• What isOH&S, Who is Responsible and the purpose of a policy


BSBOHS501A BUSM 6394C
• Introduction to course material, administration & assessments.
• What is Sustainability, Environmental, Social, Economic, What is a Sustainability Policy it’s purpose and objectives and how it applies to workplaces


Class Discussion 

Assessment Overview and discussion.

Assessment Task 1 given to students

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215th July 2013

• Definition of a ‘Hazard’
• Major causes of injuries
• SAM Principles
• Hierarchy of Control

• Research Sustainable Events, brainstorm possible events
 

Class Discussion

• SUSTAINABILITY -Assessment 1
Event Proposal due at end of class

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322nd July 2013

 

• Introduction to Health & Safety reporting
• OH&S and the Law
• Acts, regulations and codes
• Rights & responsibilities
• Duty of care
• Defining OHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel

• Defining the scope of the sustainability policy
• Gathering information to plan and develop the policy
 

• SUSTAINABILITY -Assessment 1
Event Proposal Feedback given

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429th July 2013

• Role of Health & Safety Representative
• Inspection and documenting OH&S matter
• : Identifying and approving resources for the effective operation of the OHS system

• Identifying and consulting with stakeholders
• Including appropriate sustainability strategies
 

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55th Aug 2013• OH&S specific topic research & report

 

• Making recommendations for policy options based on likely effectiveness, time frames and cost
• Development of sustainability Event 

 

 

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612th Aug 2013

• Locating and communicating OHS policies
• Introduction to Emergency Scenarios
• Bullying
• Policy Development & Considerations
• Developing procedures for hazard identification and risk control


• Developing a policy that reflects the organisation’s commitment to sustainability
• Development of sustainability policy
 


 

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719th Aug 2013

• Audit – what is it, how to conduct, how to record
• Continue Emergency or Bullying Policy
• What is an OH&S system
• Purpose of the system
• Ensuring new hazards are not created from proposed changes in the workplace
• Selecting and implementing risk-control measures

• Development of sustainability policy

• Developing a policy that reflects the organisation’s commitment to sustainability
 

 

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826th Aug 2013

• Finalising Emergency or Bullying Policy
• Identifying inadequacies and providing resources to implement new risk-control measures
• Identifying intervention points for expert OHS advice

 

• Finalise Sustainability Event Policy 

 

• SUSTAINABILITY -Assessment 2
Policy due at end of class

 
  Mid Semester Break - 2nd Sept to 6th Sept 2013  
99th Sept 2013

• Establishing and maintaining participative arrangements in accordance with legislation
• Resolving issues raised through participative arrangements and consultation
• Providing information about participation and consultation outcomes


• Agreeing to appropriate methods of implementation
• Promoting the policy and its expected outcomes to stakeholders

 

• SUSTAINABILITY -Assessment 2
Policy Feedback given

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1016th Sept 2013• Developing and providing an OHS induction and training program for all employees

• Communicating expected outcomes, activities and responsibilities
• Developing and communicating implementation procedures

 

 

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1123rd Sept 2013• Identifying patterns of occupational injury and disease from OHS records

• Implementing strategies for continuous improvement in resource efficiency
• Assigning responsibility for tracking improvements in sustainability approaches

 

 
 
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1230th Sept 2013

• Measuring and evaluating the OHS system in line with the quality framework

• Hold Sustainability Event

 

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137th Oct 2013• Developing and implementing improvements to the OHS system
• Maintaining compliance with OHS legislation and legal standards

• Review Policy, update policy, life cycle of a policy
• Prepare presentation on Policy & Implementation


• Review Sustainability Event
• Documenting outcomes and providing feedback to stakeholders
• Investigating the success or failures of the policy 

 

 

 

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1414th Oct 2013• OHS System Presentations

• Identifying trends and making improvements
• Modifying the policy and procedures to make improvements
 

• SUSTAINABILITY -Assessment 3
Event Report due at end of class

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1521st Oct 2013

• OHS System Presentations

• Finalising Sustainability policy

 


• Feedback and Review
 

• SUSTAINABILITY -Assessment 3
Event Report Feedback given

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 1628th Oct 2013Re-submission of work if required for both competencies. BSBOHS509A

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no precsribed textbook fo this course.


References

Materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various Websites which will be indicated.


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete 3 assessment tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 assessment tasks to be deemed competent in this unit. The assessments outlined in this Course Guide Part B relate only to Develop workplace policy and procedures for Sustainability.

Where students are deemed to be Not Yet Competent after the submission of Task 1.1 or task 2 an opportunity will be provided during the course of the semester to resubmit this assessment task. Resubmission for Assessment Task 3 will take place in week 16 where required.

ASSESSMENT TASK 1 – Plan a Sustainable Event (Due: 15th July 2013 - Week 2)

In small groups you are to research current Events that encourage sustainability and promote environmental awareness.
Report on 3 events that you have found to be inspirational.
After looking at events that already exist you are to create an idea for an Event which you will host, either at RMIT or at a location of your choice. Provide any brainstorming, mind mapping, record of discussion etc that leads to you deciding on an Event.
You will provide information regarding: Name, Date, Audience, Sustainable Information etc.

Further information will be provided in class with a detailed assessment task sheet.


Submission Requirements:
Your word-processed report must be saved in PDF format.
You are to upload report using the blackboard and clearly indicate it with your credentials by the due date indicated.
Please review your document before you submit.


ASSESSMENT TASK 2 – Develop a policy for your business to host your special day(Due Date: 26th August, 2013 - Week 8)

In the same small group as task 1: Develop a detailed plan for your Sustainability event and a workplace policy and proposal. This report will be written within your group, and will be presented to the class for suggestions, review and discussion.

Further information will be provided in class with a detailed assessment task sheet.


Submission Requirements:
Your word-processed report must be saved in PDF format.
You are to upload report using the blackboard and clearly indicate it with your credentials by the due date indicated.
Please review your document before you submit.

TASK 3 – Host and Review your Sustainable Event (Due Date: 21 October, 2013 - Week 15)

In the same small group as task 1 & 2: Host your Sustainable Event as per your Plan and Policy, you will write a report regarding how your event was received, did you raise awareness regarding your sustainable event?, was the event a success?
Review your policy and plan and add any extra information that you are now aware of that you were not prior to hosting the event, ensure you are considering Life Cycle Management principles when reviewing your event and policy.

Further information will be provided in class with a detailed assessment task sheet.

Submission Requirements:
Your word-processed report must be saved in PDF format.
You are to upload report using the blackboard and clearly indicate it with your credentials by the due date indicated.
Please review your document before you submit.
 


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

General Submission Requirements:

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard

You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Resubmission Guide:
Late submissions of work required for any stage of this project will be eligible for grading at pass level only

Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT).

So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:

1. LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE AND PERFORMANCE OF WORK TASK

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks as per the specifications required as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative and independent thought in your approaches to developing and implementing a sustainability policy.

2. DEMONSTRATED BREADTH OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE LEARNING

We are looking for depth of understanding of the environmental issues facing the IT industry as well as a comprehensive knowledge of best practice sustainability strategies and methods for implementing and continuously improving sustainable work practices in the workplace.

3. TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES, TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING


We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in preparing a clear and accurate policy suitable for implementation in the workplace. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in promoting sustainable work practices and how these might be addressed.

4. WORK ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND SELF MANAGEMENT

We expect to see ongoing progress on class discussions and exercises and full utilisation of Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


5. COMMUNICATION, PEOPLE NETWORKING, LANGUAGE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TEAMWORK

We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled team sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach towards teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Final Grades Table:

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

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.
 

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