Course Title: Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: BUSM6394C

Course Title: Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6092 - Advanced Diploma of Marketing

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact Email:timothy.wallis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Elaine Holstein

elaine.holstein@rmit.edu.au

(03) 9925 5155

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 required

Course Description

This unit addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to develop approaches to sustainability within workplaces, including the development and implementation of policy.

This unit applies to people with managerial responsibility who undertake work developing approaches to create strategies within workplaces, including the development and implementation of policy and includes:

• communicating with relevant stakeholders
• developing and monitoring policies
• reviewing and improving policies. 


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:

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:

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:

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


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.


Details of Learning Activities

Case studies, individual and group research as well as problem based assessments for the learning activities for this course.


Teaching Schedule

WeekDateTopicAssessment
1Feb 10Course Induction 
2Feb 17Develop workplace sustainability policy 
3Feb 24Overview of the policy development process 
4March 3Communicate workplace sustainability policy 
5March 10 -Mon labour day holidayDevelop workplace sustainability policy –research.Assessment 1 random selection of any 2 weeks
6March 17Assessing the current position 
7March 24Developing strategies to address gaps from current to desired practise.Assessment 2 due
8March 31Sustainability Marketing – sustainable consumer behaviour
Developing sustainability marketing standards and
strategies
 
 
9April 7Sustainability brandingAssessment 1 random selection of any 2 weeks
10April 14Developing action plans 
  Mid semester break 18th April- 25th April 
11April 28Developing objectives and systems to monitor implementation and success of strategy and action plans 
12May 5Sustainability – the broader strategic view 
13May 12The future of sustainability…..

Assessment 1 random selection of any 2 weeks

Assessment 3 due

14May 19Preparation for presentations 
15May 24Presentations 
16June 1Group Interviews and feedback, resits if required 

This schedule may be subject to change throughout the semester

Week 1 will consist of an induction to the course which will include completion of a pre training review and familiarisation with:
• Your teacher(s) and other students.
• Services and facilities
• Student responsibilities
• Where to get support
• Course requirements, key learning outcomes, assessment, feedback and grading.
• Submission requirements and the resubmission policy
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions and Special Consideration
• Privacy
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

A range of resources will be provided to students throughout the semester.


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. 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

This course has three assessment tasks.  You must successfully comlete all three tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment Task 1 – Student lead group discussion and reflection
Date Handed Out: week 1
Due Date: Weeks 5,9 and 13
Group or Individual: Individual

Purpose: This task is designed to provide students wiuth the opportunity to develop employability skills in the areas of research and critical analysis through thoughtfull reflection on their own learning

Requirements: Each week students will participate in the class discussion and activities, they wil then provide a brief 200 word summary of the most important aspect of the discussion from their perspective. This will take the form of a discussion board entry.

Assessment Task 2 - Sustainability Policy Recommendations (Draft 1)
Handed Out: week 1
Due date: week 7
Group/individual: Group - Working in groups of no more than 4 students

Purpose: This assessment has been designed to provide students wiuth the opportunity to develop their understanding of the issues affecting sustainability policy and practise as well as the skills to devlop a wholistic workplace sustainability policy.

Requirements: Students are to assume the role of management consultant to a medium sized organisation. They have been engaged by this organisation to help prepare for future marketing directions and challenges which includes a review and recommendations for developing, implementing and monitoring an organisation wide workplace sustainability policy and procedures. This will include an organisational sustainability brand platform.

Assessment Task 3 - Sustainability Final Report
Date handed out: week 1
Due date: week 13
Group/Individual: Group - Working in groups of no more than 4 students

Purpose: This assessment has been designed to provide students wiuth the opportunity to develop their understanding of the issues affecting sustainability policy and practise as well as the skills to devlop a wholistic workplace sustainability policy.

Requirements: Students are to assume the role of management consultant to a medium sized organisation. They have been engaged by this organisation to help prepare for future marketing directions and challenges which includes a review and recommendations for developing, implementing and monitoring an organisation wide workplace sustainability policy and procedures. This will include an organisational sustainability brand platform.

Note that as part of this assessment client presentations will be scheduled for week 15.


Submission requirements:
Assessment tasks must be submitted online through blackboard.
You must:
• Retain a copy of your assessment tasks.
• 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.
• For group assignments - all group members must complete and sign the cover sheet.
• Each page of your assessment you should include footer with your name(s), student number(s), 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.

Resubmissions:
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Final Date for All Assessments:
Unless the Late Submission Procedures (see above) are applied, No assessment tasks or resubmissions will be accepted after 5pm Friday, Week 16.
 


Assessment Matrix

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.

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.

You will be provided with an assessment matrix in the assessments area of the unit blackboard shell. Generally, your grading will be assessed against how well you demonstrate:
• Perform the activities as required by the learning elements of this unit of competency.
• Demonstrate the required knowledge for this unit of competency.
• Execute the required skills for this unit of competency.
• Demonstrate your employability skills through contribution to learning activities related to this assessment, timeliness, use of technology and teamwork.

Final Grades table:
DNS - Did not submit for assessment
NYC - Not yet competent
CAG - Competency achieved – graded
CC - Competent with credit
CDI - Competent with distinction
CHD - Competent with high distinction

 

Other Information

Late submissions:
If circumstances outside your control are likely to prevent you from submitting an assessment item on time, you may apply to your teacher for an extension of up to seven calendar days.

You must apply for an extension at least one working day prior to the submission deadline.

More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf


Special Consideration

Extensions of greater than seven days will only be granted to eligible students through the special consideration process. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.

More Information:http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf

Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:
More Information: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31
 

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