Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2021

Class Number: All

Class Section: All

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Course Code: EASC5069C

Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4404 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Betty Kanzurovski

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9232

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam 

Nominal Hours: 30

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

In this course you will explore the skills and knowledge to effectively find out current resource use within the textiles studios and carry out improvements in your own work area to reduce the negative environmental impact. You will be encouraged to place a lens over your own current creative practice and day-to-day use of resources and consider how this can be identified, measured and ultimately improved. Consideration of the use of finite resources and sustainable practices in the creation of textile designs and products, provides the focus for this course.

This course consists of 2 Units of Competency that are clustered together for delivery and assessment. The other unit of competency in this clustered course is:

MSTTD4006 Source textile materials and resources

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


1. Identify current resource use and environmental issues

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify workplace environmental and resource efficiency issues 1.2 Identify resources used in own work role 1.3 Confirm current usage of resources


2. Comply with environmental regulations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Read and follow environmental policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state/territory and local government laws, by-laws, regulations and mandated codes of practice, and codes and standards that the organisation applies voluntarily 2.2 Ask questions and seek clarification relating to environmental work requirements 2.3 Identify incidents, including breaches or potential breaches of environmental regulations and occurrences outside of standard procedures and report to appropriate personnel 2.4 Report environmental incidents using workplace forms and procedures


3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Follow workplace procedures to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency 3.2 Make suggestions for improvements to environmental workplace practices and work plans

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. You will have some knowledge of the regulations, industry codes of practice and environmental guidelines that provide the framework for standards in Australia. You will also be able to identify and apply some of the practices investigated, such as minimisation of waste, efficient use of energy and/or seek alternative low environmental impact solutions.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of learning activities including:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading and visual material
  • presentations
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule


Weekly Schedule Semester 2 2021 


Class Content   

Assessment due: 


Introduction to unit, course guide, assessment requirements.  

Group activity – in small groups list all the things you do in your everyday life home/work that you think are sustainable. Define what you think sustainability is. Definitions are presented to class by groups.   

Watch – The story of stuff and complete questionnaire  

Homework – Calculate your ecological footprint - How many planets do you need to sustain your lifestyle?  


What is an ecological footprint – in small groups discuss findings and List 3 things you could change to reduce your footprint.   

What’s driving sustainability? International and local agendas  

Group activity – envision the future. Probable and preferable, discuss individual views and values with class  


Ethics & Fashion Production a Global Perspective   

Human Rights and Workers Rights Issues in the industry   

Fairtrade principles, CSR models, People, Planet, Profit, Cradle to Cradle principles, Product stewardship.  


Life cycle assessment and thinking.  In small groups conduct life cycle assessments on different items.  


Identify resource use in own area: List all resources you use in your work area, describe, how they are used, in what quantities, consider waste and disposal.   

Visualisation activity: How does sustainability work in your industry? Imagine an organisation in your industry, what would it look like? What would people be doing? What is best practice in your industry? What are the drivers, barriers and opportunities to change?  


Develop an action plan: Using environmental management strategies develop plans to improve environmental practices in your working environment. This includes identifying areas for improvement and details about how your action plan is implemented   

Assessment 1: Sustainable work practices journal  


Action plan continued. Research, compilation of data an information  


Action plan continued. Research, compilation of data an information  


Material Diversity: Fibres, origins, ethics and sustainability. Class activity: in small groups research different fibres and assess their sustainability credentials.  

Ethical sourcing considerations – Material Selection Presentation brief, undertaking research to identify and evaluate suppliers of textile materials. local, global  

Sourcing. Identify production resources used in the development of textiles. Source and compare necessary information to guide Production. Comparative sourcing guide  


Sourcing. Identify production resources used in the development of textiles. Source and compare necessary information to guide Production.  


Self-directed research  

Comparative source database for materials and resources 

Assessment 2: Action Plan  


Self-directed research   

Comparative source database for materials and resources 


Sustainability Presentation   


Sustainability Presentation   

Assessment 3: Comparative Source database for materials and resources 


Sustainability Presentation  


Feedback and finalising assessments  

Note - While all course content in this schedule will be covered, the weekly order may change depending on the class needs and availability of resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The learning Lab
The Study Support Hub
English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the assessment to a satisfactory standard.

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.

Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:
CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks:

1. Sustainable work practices journal  - Due week 6

2. Action Plan - Due week 11

3. Comparative Source database for materials and resources - Due week 14

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Administration

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback: 
You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:
Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now requires to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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