Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OHTH5645C

Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5302 - Diploma of Logistics

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ian Burns

Nominal Hours: 80

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

The unit generally applies to those with responsibility for resource coordination and allocation who are required to conduct an environmental audit in accordance with relevant environmental protection regulatory requirements and workplace procedures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TLIU5006A Conduct environmental audits


1 Prepare for environmental audit

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant legislation, authority and enterprise requirements pertinent to the operations of the workplace are identified and followed
1.2Practices and facilities required to be audited are identified and implications of non-conformance established
1.3Technical and/or calibration requirements for audits are noted and, where necessary, appropriate support personnel are identified
1.4Work schedules are investigated to identify appropriate schedule for audit


2 Schedule internal audit

Performance Criteria:

2.1Audit timings are planned to ensure that relevant procedures are conducted within workplace agreed time intervals and timeframes
2.2Audit frequency is adjusted to ensure minimal disruption to the workplace
2.3Contact is made with appropriate personnel and appointments for the audit are made


3 Conduct environmental audit and document findings

Performance Criteria:

3.1Operational procedures and assessment methods for the environmental audit are confirmed with affected personnel

3.2Observations and interviews are conducted with (any) required approved third party
3.3Documentation of observations and interview responses is completed


4 Report environmental
Audit results

Performance Criteria:

4.1Outcomes of the audit process are compared to workplace procedures
4.2Audit results are discussed with relevant personnel
4.3Reports of non-compliance are documented including options for environmental system improvements
4.4Reports are forwarded to appropriate personnel for action

Learning Outcomes

This course delivers the skills and knowledge required to conduct an environmental audit in accordance with relevant environmental protection regulatory requirements and workplace procedures. This includes preparing for an environmental audit, scheduling an internal audit, conducting an environmental audit, documenting the findings, and reporting on the environmental audit results.

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and include your contribution to tutorial activities and interactive sessions.
The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule


Week Week Commencing Topics
1 08/2  (1) Course Induction
• Course delivery and assessment details
• Course support documents
• Online learning environment
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
(2) Pre-Training Review
• Includes skills analysis and Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
(3) Introduction to the course - Understanding sustainability and environmental auditing
2 15/2  Scoping Environmental Audits
3 22/2

 Scoping Environmental Audits

4 29/2

Conduct Environmental Audit
Audit Guide & Template

5 7/3 Conduct Environmental Audit
Audit Guide & Template
6 14/3

 Legal aspects of Auditing

7 21/3

 What is a Sustainability Policy ?
Develop a Sustainability Policy within the Australian Framework
Preperation for Assessment Task 1

8 04/04 Defining the scope of a sustainability policy
 9 11/04 Mid-semester break 
10 18/04  Sustainable Policy Development Practices
 11 25/04  Develop a Sustainability Policy within the Australian Framework continued
12 02/05  Sustainable Policy Development Practices
13 09/05  Developing and Implementing a Sustainability Policy
14 16/5

 Developing and Implementing a Sustainability Policy

15 23/05 Prepairing Information - Preperation for Assessment Task 3
Public Speaking
Information Presentation
Preparing a presentation within a Team work environment
16 30/06 Revision and Review
17 06/06 Resits and Resubmissions

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with EMPL5905c Develop workplace policy & procedures for sustainability

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including in-class exercises, problem-solving exercises, assignments, group or individual projects, presentations and written or practical tests, as well as homework activities.

Other activities may be workplace-based or simulate work practices. These may include the production of technical requirements documents, direct observation of workplace practices and the presentation of a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio may include documents, photographs, video and/or audio files.

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. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with EMPL5905c Develop workplace policy & procedures for sustainability

Assessment Task 1 – Compliance Case Study
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 5 in class.
Group or Individual: Individual

A key requirement for this unit is the ability to develop and plan information to the work team about auditing procedures. In many cases you will do this by actively participating in an auditing team or working on your own to conduct an environmental audit. This assessment is designed to assess your ability to do this.

This assessment document covers both environmental auditing and Sustainability procedures and requires the student to write short answer replies to the question. There is no specific word limit for this assessment.

Details of Assessment:

This assessment contains 18 questions and requires short answer responses
Answers should be kept brief and the use of bullet point answers are permitted. Do not use one word answers as answers need to be put in context. This assessment will be done in class and the materials required for the assessment will be covered in class on a weekly basis, leading up to the assessment.
Completed assessments are to be submitted via blackboard turn it in. Students not in class for the assessment will have to 5.00pm the day of the class to submit to turnitin. Otherwise your assessment will be classed as late.

Assessment Task 2 – Verbal presentation
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 10 in class.
Group or Individual: Individual

A key requirement for this unit is the ability a presentation and present information to your colleagues. This is a simulated exercise to give you a work skill. It is a requirement of industry that managers have the ability to communicate effectively with others and this requires being able to present information to a group or team of people.
This assessment is designed to assess your ability to do this.

Students are to prepare a presentation on their preparedness for the major assessment (assessment task3). Students are to provide information on their progress towards meeting the time frame in week 15, the research they have undertaken to date, the documents they have reviewed. This assessment can include power point or other multi – media process but no more than 5 slides are to be used.

Details of Assessment:
Assessment details include:
•Time length of presentation: 5-7 minutes
•Power point slides: maximum of 5 slides
•Presentations will be marked and feedback will be supplied to the student.
•Presentation is to be professional and formal
•Copies of assessment power-point or other must be lodged via turnitin.

Assessment Task 3 – Portfolio of Works Written report
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 15: Friday 5.00pm
Group or Individual: Individual

A key requirement for this unit is the ability to collate information and prepare a written report. This report needs to address Auditing and Sustainability issues and a pro-former will be provided to you. It is a required work skill to be able to write and submit a report to management level staff, and this activity gives you the skills to be able to perform this task.


This report needs to report on sustainability and environmental auditing issues in the Logistics Industry. A Case study reference will be provided as a reference for the student.
The word count of the assessment is 3000 words. The student is not expected to write all 3000 words. This word count can be made up of materials and research conducted throughout the class and can be pasted into the document. It can also contain relevant information form other classes conducted during the semester. Assessment criteria will be addressed in class and materials from class can be included in the final assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Marking Guide (competency):
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

Final Grades table:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

Other Information

Submission requirements:
You are required to meet the following criteria for all assessments. Failure to do so may result in you being deemed not-yet-competent:

• Submit all assessment tasks online through blackboard, and include the RMIT e-submission declaration (see below).
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Retain a copy of your assessment tasks.

Electronic Submission
When submitting work online, you need to include the cover sheet supplied by your teacher. This includes the following declaration:

RMIT Electronic Submission of work for assessment
I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the assessment declaration.

If you are found to be Not Yet Competent (NYC) in an Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission to demonstrate competence. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.

Late Submissions
Students are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates. If a student is to be prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside their control, they may apply in advance to the teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. To be eligible for an extension, you must lodge the extension form availabile at the following link with your teacher:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, the student 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. More information on special consideration and how to apply can be found here:

Final Date for All Assessments
No assessment tasks or resubmissions will be accepted after 5pm Friday, week 16.

Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. Information on circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted can be found at the following website:

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