Course Title: Apply environmental issues to engineering projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: OHTH5803

Course Title: Apply environmental issues to engineering projects

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6132 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ms. Zhefei (Fifi) Zhao
School of Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
Civil Operations
Tel. + 60 3 9925 4480
Fax. + 61 3 9925 4377

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to undertake an environmental study for an engineering project, including pollution problems, methods used for monitoring the environment and principles used for restoration programs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21127 Apply environmental issues to engineering projects


1. Identify environmental impact

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OH&S requirements and risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation of the work area.
1.3 The environmental impact of an engineering project is identified from documentation, work requests or discussions with appropriate personnel.
1.4 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
1.5 Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.


2. Select appropriate environmental solution

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 An environmental study is conducted with respect to a civil engineering project taking into account all legal and regulatory requirements.
2.3 The environmental study is analysed and the optimum environmental outcome selected.
2.4 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.


3. Integrate environmental solution

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
3.2 Environmental solution is incorporated into engineering project in discussion with appropriate personnel and according to enterprise procedures.
3.3 Appropriate environmental permits and/or approvals are obtained, if required.
3.4 An environmental monitoring plan for the engineering project is drawn up.
3.5 Completion of work task is documented and reported to appropriate personnel.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for the competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates:

• Tutorials
• Workbook Activities
• Competency Tests
Cluster Information:

This course is delivered in a cluster (Manage Project and Apply environmental issues to engineering projects) in conjunction with VU21127 (OHTH5803). You must enrol in these two courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of all competencies of VU21127 and BSBPMG510A. 
Elements and Performance Criteria for BSBPMG510A (BUSM6382C) Manage Projects
Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
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EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership. 

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Teaching Schedule

<thead> <th scope="col">Week of study (Session Number) </th> <th scope="col">Topic</th> <th scope="col">Module Learning outcomes / Competency elements </th> </thead>
Week 1
  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction to Project Management:
  • Engineering basic concept review
  • PC2.1,2.2,2.5
  • PC1.1,1.4,1.5
  • PC5.2,5.3
Week 2
  • Engineering Case Study
  • Introduce work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Microsoft Project 2010 practices
  • PC2.1,2.2
  • PC1.4,1.5
  • PC3.1,3.3
  • PC4.1,4.2
  • PC5.1
Week 3
  • Introduce scheduling (Grantt charts)
  • PC1.5,2.1,2.2

week 4,5

  • Engineering Case Study
  • Microsoft Project 2010 practices

         Project Plan and Presentation, 10% (Due on Week 4)

  • PC3.1,3.3
  • PC4.1
  • PC5.1
Week 6
  • Project Scope Management
  • Engineering Case Study
  • PC1.1,1.4,1.5
  • PC3.1,3.3
  • PC4.2
  • PC5.1

Week 7,8

  • Project Schedule/ Time Management
  • Engineering Case Study
  • PC2.1,2.2
  • PC3.2,3.4
  • PC4.1
  • PC5.1

Week 9

  • Project Cost/ Budget Management
  • Engineering Case Study
  • PC2.2,2.4
  • PC3.2,3.4
  • PC4.2
Week 10
  • Project Quality Management
  • Engineering Case Study

         Interim Project Report and Presentation, 20%(Due on Week 10)

  • PC2.1
  • PC3.1,3.2,3.4,3.6
  • PC5.1,5.2
Week 11
  • Project Resources Management
  • Engineering Case Study
  • PC1.6,
  • PC2.1,2.4
  • PC3.1,3.4
  • PC4.2
  • PC5.1
Week 12
  • Project Communication Management
  • Engineering Case Study
  • PC1.2 ,1.4
  • PC2.1,2.5.,2.6
  • PC3.1,3.2,3.4,
  • PC4.3
  • PC5.2

Week 13,14

  • Project Risk Management
  • Procurement planning
  • Engineering Case Study
  • PC1.3
  • PC2.1,2.3,2.5,2.6
  • PC3.4,3.5,3.6,3.7
  • PC4.3
  • PC5.1,5.2

Week 15,16

  • Project leadership and teams
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Engineering Case Study

          Journal, 10%(Due on Week 16)

  • PC1.3
  • PC2.1,2.5,2.6
  • PC3.4,3.6,3.7
  • PC4.3
  • PC5.1,5.2
Week 17
  • Final Report and Final Presentation, 40%(Due on Week 17)
  • PC2.6
  • PC3.5
  • PC5.3
Week 18
  • Final exam, 20%(Due on Week 18)

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Refer to the on-line Blackboard for further Resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Assessment Tasks

Project Plan and Presentation, 10% (Due on Week 4)
Interim Project Report and Presentation, 20%(Due on Week 10)
Journal, 10%(Due on Week 16)
Final Report and Final Presentation, 40%(Due on Week 17)
Final exam, 20%(Due on Week 18)

Assessment Matrix


<thead> <th scope="col"> </th> <th colspan="24">BSBPMG510A Elements and Performance Criteria</th> </thead>
Assessments  1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4  1.5  1.6 2.1 2.2  2.3  2.4  2.5  2.6  3.1  3.2  3.3  3.4  3.5  3.6  4.1  4.2  4.3  5.1  5.2  5.3 
Project Plan and Presentation  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X                        
Interim Project Report and Presentation  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X X  X  X  X            
 Journal  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
 Final Report and Final Presentation  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
 Final exam  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X

 Assessment vs VU21127 Elements & Performance Criteria

    VU21127 Elements and Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5
Project Plan and Presentation  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X          
Interim Project Report and Presentation  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Journal  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Final Report and Final Presentation  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Final exam  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X


   Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

<thead> <th scope="col" colspan="15">Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies</th> </thead>
Assessments EA 1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5
Project Plan and Presentation X X X X X X  X     X   X    X  X
Interim Project Report and Presentation      X   X    X   X  X    X    X  
Journal X  X    X   X  X    X    X  X  X    X
Final Report and Final Presentation X X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Final exam X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
ALL ASSESSMENTS BSBPMG510A  3  2 3  3  3  3  2  1
ALL ASSESSMENTS VU21127  3  2  2  3  2  3  3  3  2  3  3  3  3  2  3
0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element.
2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.
3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.

Other Information

  • Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 24 hours outside the class time.         

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

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