Course Title: Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6288C

Course Title: Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Ruth Wellington

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

There are no prerequisites for this course, however on your timetable, this competency, in conjunction with CUVGRD506A Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs will be referred to as Business 1.

Course Description

In this course, you will research and incorporate sustainable design practices and knowledge into a communication outcome. This investigation will respond to a brief that requires you to creatively apply industry specific sustainable information to a reusable design, incorporating effective sustainable practice into the resolution.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP504A Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice


1. Evaluate current practice for environmental sustainability

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assess the source of materials used in current practice, taking account of its origin and abundance
1.2 Investigate and evaluate resource usage and sustainability issues in current practice
1.3 Identify and evaluate relevant legislation, codes and national standards that impact on workplace sustainability to ensure compliance
1.4 Analyse existing and potential environmental risks and hazards in the workplace


2. Conserve resources in own practice.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use sustainable work practices across all areas of activity
2.2 Explore alternative sources of materials, including recycled products where possible
2.3 Maximise use of waste products from the creative process
2.4 Source and use sustainable materials in preference to materials in short supply
2.5 Monitor and measure own use of resources on an ongoing basis and make positive changes to own practice


3. Make sustainable design decisions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate choice and use of materials in design briefs, whether generated by self or others
3.2 Assess the impact of user needs and preferences on sustainable design options
3.3 Assess the environmental impact of intended production processes
3.4 Determine opportunities to enhance sustainability by asking pertinent questions
3.5 Positively influence the sustainability of the design process within the scope of own responsibility
3.6 Include explicit reference to sustainability issues in design and production documentation


4. Maintain currency of knowledge on sustainability issues and options

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Maintain currency of specialised knowledge relevant to own area of expertise
4.2 Proactively identify sources of information and professional development for sustainability skills
4.3 Integrate current and emerging ideas into own practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include:
•teacher directed activities/projects
•peer review and class presentations
•group discussion
•online research
•‘workshopping’ of student projects

Out of class activities will include:
•independent project work
•independent web research
•independent retail product research

Teaching Schedule


WeekActivityLearning Element
1Orientation week 
2Sustainability Brief A - Introduction and Q&A task1, 2, 3, 4
3Brief A - Case study research1, 2, 3, 4
6Brief A due in1, 2, 3, 4
8Sustainability Brief B - Introduction and Q&A task1, 2, 3, 4
9Brief B - Case study research1, 2, 3, 4
12Brief B due in1, 2, 3, 4
17Course assessment1, 2, 3, 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescibed texts but here are some recommended texts:
Sustainable Graphic Design, Wendy Jedlicka CCP © 2010 [ISBN 978-0-470-24670-2]
Designing sustainable packaging, Scott Boylston © 2009 [ISBN 978-1-85669-597-8]
Sustainable research by designers, an Anthology, edited by Lisa Graham, © 2011 [ISBN 978-1-86335-876-7]


Website References Council of Australia Victoria
www.sustainablepack.orgSustainable Packaging Alliance your Eco life Centre for Design Victoria Design Sustainability

Other Resources

Handouts, booklets and online material (learning hub). 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

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks. Assessment tasks in this course are:

  • Sustainability Case Study (100% of final grade)

Assessment Tasks

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 unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment Tasks -
Formative (ungraded): Written responses to in-class tasks and research for case studies
Summative (graded):2 x case studies/reports
Presentation of some of this research will be required in class discussion times

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.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
Course Assessment Mark Table:
CHD - Competency with High Distinction
CDI - Competency with Distinction
CC - Competency with Credit
CA - Competency achieved- Ungraded
NYC -Not Yet Competent


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

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

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress 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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline (unresolved)

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

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