Course Title: Sustainability Strategies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainability Strategies

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Ben Cooke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9943

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

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 research 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

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to

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

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to 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 environmental monitoring and management 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 and develop collaborative partnerships.
  • Assist in the identification of needs, and the design, planning, resourcing and development of projects in environmental and social sustainability
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professionalized settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The course involves weekly 3-hour 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. You will be provided with a wide range of recommended reading material and online learning resources.

Overview of Assessment

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

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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

The following link summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1