Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: EASC5040C

Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6106 - Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Contact : Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Robyn Lang
Ph: 9925 1565

Joanne Mackay
Ph: 9925 5540

Nominal Hours: 40

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.  It addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices, including the development of processes and tools, such as:
•  identifying areas for improvement
• developing plans to make improvements
•  implementing and monitoring improvements in environmental performance.

This unit requires the ability to access industry information, applicable legislative and occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines.

While no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply holistically to this unit at the time of publication, relevant national, state and territory legislation, regulations and codes of practice impact upon this unit.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


1. Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify environmental regulations applying to the enterprise
1.2 Analyse procedures for assessing compliance with environmental/sustainability regulations
1.3 Collect information on environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures, and provide to the work group where appropriate
1.4 Collect, analyse and organise information from a range of sources to provide information/advice and tools/resources for improvement opportunities
1.5 Measure and document current resource usage of members of the work group
1.6 Analyse and document current purchasing strategies
1.7 Analyse current work processes to access information and data to assist in identifying areas for improvement


4. Monitor performance

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use and/or develop evaluation and monitoring, tools and technology
4.2 Document and communicate outcomes to report on efficiency targets to key personnel and stakeholders
4.3 Evaluate strategies and improvement plans
4.4 Set new efficiency targets, and investigate and apply new tools and strategies
4.5 Promote successful strategies and reward participants where possible


2. Set targets for improvements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and specialists
2.2 Access external sources of information and data as required
2.3 Evaluate alternative solutions to workplace environmental issues
2.4 Set efficiency targets


3. Implement performance improvement strategies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Source and use appropriate techniques and tools to assist in achieving efficiency targets
3.2 Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility, including ideas and possible solutions to communicate to the work group and management
3.3 Implement and integrate environmental and resource efficiency improvement plans for own work group with other operational activities
3.4 Supervise and support team members to identify possible areas for improved practices and resource efficiency in work area
3.5 Seek suggestions and ideas about environmental and resource efficiency management from stakeholders and act upon where appropriate
3.6 Implement costing strategies to fully utilise environmental assets

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning experiences are planned for this course including class and online activities relevant to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices.

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered both online and in a simulated work space in conjunction with LAW5189 Practice in a legal environment (VU20113) course. Please refer to LAW5189 Practice in a legal environment  course guide for weekly outline and assessments for that unit.

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

• Program overview and requirements
• MyRMIT/Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Pre-Training Review including:
  o Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
  o Assessment of current skills and knowledge
• Competency/Grading Criteria
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
The nominal hours associated with this course 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.




Assessment Tasks                                                         

1 8 July

Introduction to the Course including:
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Course Blackboard access
• Accuracy of enrolment
• Assessment requirements/Cover Sheets
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Submission requirements
• Extensions/Resubmissions
• Feedback in this course
• Getting help

What is sustainable practice?

 On-line Exercise 1
2 15 July

What is climate change?

On-line Exercise 2
3 22 July

Determining your own sustainability?

On-line Exercise 3

4 29 JulyImproving resource efficiency.
On-line Exercise 4 
5 5 AugSustainability and business
On-line Exercise 5
6 12 Aug

Identifying environmentally sustainable work practices

On-line Exercise 6

7 19 AugSetting targets for improvements
On-line Exercise 7
8 26 Aug

Implementing sustainable work practices

On-line Exercise 8

 Mid Semester break

9 9 Sept

Monitoring sustainable work practices

On-line Exercise 9
10 16 Sept

Discussion on sustainability assignment


11 23 Sept

Sustainability in a Legal Practice

Sustainability Assignment due 23 September 2015

12 30 Sept

WIL Placement


13 8 Oct

WIL Placement

14 15 Oct

Sustainability in a Legal Practice

On-line Exercise 10
Final week for submission of Online Exercises
15 22 OctOverall Review of Sustainability
16 28 OctFeedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None prescribed however reading and articles will be available on blackboard.


Other Resources

It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example: 

• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence
• response to case studies
• review of reports of activities of work group in relation to measuring resource use and developing improvement strategies
•  review of work plans outlining approaches to improved practices with documented benchmarks
•  analysis of the way in which advice is sought and suggestions are made about improvements
•  observation over time and in a range of situations in relation to review of overall work area and staff, to assess and measure resource use, hazards and compliance
•   reports on meetings around procedures and improvement processes and monitoring within the workplace; lists of environmental hazards/risks or inefficiencies or opportunities for improvements identified in the workplace
•  analysis of implementation of programs such as a green office program, supply chain program for purchasing sustainable products, or an environmental management framework
•  oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of environmental and energy efficiency issues, systems and procedures specific to industry practice.

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

To pass this course, you need to demonstrate you are competent to the industry standard as required of a paralegal. To achieve this, you must complete all assessments to an acceptable industry standard.

You will be assessed against your skills and knowledge and will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you have performed to industry standard or not and how well you are performing.

To be deemed competent in this course the following evidence is essential:

• knowledge of relevant compliance requirements within work area
• developing plans to make improvements
• planning and organising work group activities in relation to measuring current use and devising strategies to improve usage
• monitoring resource use and improvements for environmental performance relative to work area and supervision
• ensuring appropriate action is taken within work area in relation to environmental/sustainability compliance and potential hazards
• implementing new approaches to work area in an effort to resolve and improve environmental and resource efficiency issues and reporting as required.

Assessment Task 1 - 10 Online Quizzes/Exercises (These exercises are to determine competency only and are not graded)
Due Date:
To be completed by week 14
Submission Procedure: To be completed and submitted on blackboard
The purpose of this assessment  is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the sustainability principles in particular how to investigate current practices, how to set targets and implement and monitor strategies to improve sustainability performance.

Assessment Task 2 - Report on Sustainable Work Practices in a Legal Office (this exercise determines competency and is a Graded Assessment 100%)
Due Date:
23 September 2015
Submission Procedure: To be submitted through Turnitin on blackboard with a hard copy to be handed to the teacher.
The purpose of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the sustainability principles and how to apply them to working in a Legal Practice.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.  Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.

Assessment Matrix

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Other Information

Submission Requirements
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 extensions of time. (Please refer to the information in the Late Submission Procedure section below)
   • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
• 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
• Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment,
unit code and title and page numbers.

Late Submission Procedures
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time, by circumstances outside your control, you must apply in advance for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.
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Form to use:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.
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Resubmissions (VET Programs):
Students who achieve an indicative grade of greater than 50%, yet have not demonstrated competency across all learning outcomes will be given the opportunity to undertake an oral questioning with the assessor in which they will be required to demonstrate competence in the elements or learning outcomes not yet demonstrated. If students cannot demonstrate competency across all learning outcomes or elements of the course the maximum grade they can achieve is NYC -  Not Yet Competent.

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:
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