Course Title: Environment Capstone Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environment Capstone Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Ben Cooke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9943

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed as a capstone experience. You will synthesise, integrate and apply the specialised knowledge and skills you have developed in your degree program and apply contemporary sustainability theory and management tools to investigate and formulate an evidenced-based response to real or simulated sustainability issues and/or problems. 

You will apply your analytical and research skills to interpret and utilise data, including scientific data. You will be supported to work either individually or as part of a project team to undertake a project for an organisation such as a community group, NGO, business or government agency. Your capstone project will encompass project scoping and design, stakeholder engagement, data collection and analysis, and the communication of outcomes in both written and oral modes. You will reflect on your personal learning from the project experiences and consider the ethical challenges involved in conducting projects outside the university environment. 

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of principles and practices in natural resource management, sustainability, globalisation and environmental management to professional practice or further study 
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge related to the social implications of environmental concerns and challenges both in Australia and globally 
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with sustainability and associated policies and practices
  • Work effectively and productively with others in a range of roles in a variety of professional and social contexts 
  • Communicate effectively using appropriate formats, media and styles to a range of audiences including other professionals, the public, government and non-government agencies 
  • Assist in the identification of needs, and the design, planning, resourcing and development of projects in sustainability 
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professionalised settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity.  

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  1. Design and complete research projects on issues related to environmental sustainability. 
  2. Collaborate with others and demonstrate effective team work skills to address sustainability needs of organisations or communities. 
  3. Communicate research outcomes to a range of target audiences. 
  4. Critically reflect on the development of sustainability strategies as applicable to a range of professional practice settings. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The course involves lectorials and independent project work with an external partner organisation or mentor. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and RMIT library resources. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in the reading of academic literature. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.  

Assessment Tasks

  1. Background Research Task (20%) (Linked to CLO 1 and 2)
  2. Reporting Project Progress Task (10%) (Linked to CLO 3 and 4)
  3. Capstone Research Reporting Task (50%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  4. Critical Reflection on Project Task (20%) (Linked to CLO 1 and 4) 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.