Course Title: Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2024

Course Code: BUSM6518C

Course Title: Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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School: 525T Business & Enterprise

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5405 - Diploma of Project Management

Course Contact: Nick Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61399250791

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Elvira Lourenco 

Nominal Hours: 50

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 learn the skills and knowledge required to develop and implement workplace sustainability policies and to modify the policy to suit changed circumstances.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBSUS511 Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability


1. Prepare workplace sustainability policies

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Establish scope and objectives of workplace sustainability policies

1.2 Gather information for development of sustainability policies

1.3 Analyse information and consultation insights

1.4 Develop and document sustainability policies according to organisational processes

1.5 Incorporate implementation and continuous improvement processes into sustainability policies


2. Implement workplace sustainability policies

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Present workplace sustainability policies and implementation processes to key stakeholders

2.2 Identify and source resources required to implement sustainability policies

2.3 Support implementation of workplace sustainability policies

2.4 Track continuous improvements in sustainability approaches using recording systems


3. Review implementation of workplace sustainability policies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Document outcomes and provide feedback to key personnel and stakeholders

3.2 Identify trends requiring remedial action to promote continuous improvement of performance

3.3 Modify sustainability policies to incorporate improvements

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.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is structures to provide you with the optimum learning experience. A range of learning activities are provided during the semester and are designed to enhance learning and understanding of the topics.

You will participate in a combination of group and individual learning activities. These activities will be provided through classroom work time and additional learning activities will be provided to you to complete outside of the scheduled class time.

A range of in class activities, case studies and independent research is included as the learning activities for this course. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

WeekWeek CommencingTopicAssessment / Learning activities
Week 9 15 April 2024

Introduction to the course

  • Staff/student introduction
  • Overview of course
  • Plagiarism, student code of conduct
  • Student support services
  • Course outline and lesson structure
  • 'Rules of engagement'
  • Assessments
Week 10 22 April 2024

Gather Sustainability Data

  • AT1: Written Questions
  • AT2 (2A): Identify Sustainability Legislation, Scope and Stakeholders (Project)
  • AT2 (2B): Gather Sustainability Data (Role Play)

AT1, AT2A and AT2B Due

(Sunday 11:59 PM)

Week 11 29 April 2024

Develop Sustainability Processes (Project)

  • AT3A: Develop a Sustainability Policy

AT3A Due

(Sunday 11:59 PM)

Week 12 6 May 2024

Develop Sustainability Processes (Project)

  • AT3B: Develop a Sustainability Plan

AT3B Due

(Sunday 11:59 PM)

Week 13 13 May 2024

Implement and Monitor Sustainability Processes (Project)

  • AT4A: Promote Sustainability Initiatives and Responsibilities

AT4A Due

(Sunday 11:59 PM)

Week 14 20 May 2024

Implement and Monitor Sustainability Processes (Project)

  • AT4B: Monitoring and Record-Keeping Process

AT4B Due

(Sunday 11:59 PM)

Week 15 27 May 2024

Implement and Monitor Sustainability Processes (Project)

  • AT4C: Implement Strategies and Communicate Outcomes
  • AT4D: Undertake Continuous Improvements

AT4C and 4D Due

(Sunday 11:59 PM)

Weeks 16-18   Assessment resubmissions



Student support

Your first point of contact for any support needs with your assessments should be your teacher and assessor. If you require further support, you should consider contacting the following support services at RMIT. 

Assessment adjustments

Students requiring support or adjustments for their formal assessments task or exams should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS), for more information on the types of adjustments provided, access RMIT adjustments to assessment.

Special consideration

If unexpected circumstances affect your ability to complete an assessment you can apply for special consideration.  For more information access RMIT special consideration.


As an RMIT student you are entitled to seek a review of decisions that impact on your studies. For more information access RMIT appeals.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All resources will be available in Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written Questions

Due: Sunday Week 10 11:59pm

  • This is an open-book written assessment – you can refer to your learning materials.
  • You must answer all questions and their parts correctly to achieve a Satisfactory outcome for this task.
  • Refer to the Glossary of Instructional Task Words for descriptions of instructional words that will guide you in the level of response required in each question.


Assessment Task 2a: Identify Sustainability Legislation, Scope and Stakeholders

Due: Sunday Week 10 11:59pm

Refer to the BD001 Business Plan, including the Org Chart, and CBSA policies and procedures (all accessible via the CBSA website) to get an understanding about the organisation and its processes. Then draft an email to, provide your answers to the following proposals:

  1. Define a scope and objectives for the sustainability initiatives.
  2. Define who the likely stakeholders will be for this project.
  3. Outline one environmental or sustainability legislation, one regulation and one code of practice applicable to sustainability for the organisation and explain how they can be used to plan and develop the organisation’s sustainability policy.


Assessment Task 2b: Gather Sustainability Data

Due: Sunday Week 10 11:59pm

Review the sustainability audit report attached with the email to get an idea of what current sustainability practices are taking place. Then you are to consult with representatives of the stakeholders. To undertake the consultation session, review the IM003 Communication Policy & Procedures (accessible via the CBSA website) for the delivery of presentations, and then undertake a consultation session with stakeholder representatives (role played by your assessor and classmates) in line with workplace procedures. The consultation session should be no longer than 15–20 minutes, and you will need to:

  • gain feedback in regard to waste and how it can be improved
  • gain feedback in regard to chemical usage and how it can be improved
  • gain feedback in regard to energy and water consumption and how it can be improved
  • take feedback notes which can be used for later assessment tasks.


Assessment Task 3a: Develop a Sustainability Policy

Due: Sunday Week 11 11:59pm

Analyse the notes gathered from the consultation session to find meaningful insights. Then, use this information and the Sustainability Audit Report from the previous assessment part to develop a Sustainability Policy (the TM005 Policy & Procedures Template is accessible via the CBSA website) that documents:

  • the purpose of the policy
  • at least four sustainability goals for the organisation
  • relevant legislation for the policy
  • at least five employee responsibilities
  • at least six sustainability strategies that should be undertaken
  • how the policy will be implemented into the wider organisational policies and procedures.


Assessment Task 3b: Develop a Sustainability Plan

Due: Sunday Week 12 11:59pm

Based on the data you have gathered in the previous assessment tasks, and the goals you have documented in the Sustainability Policy, develop a Sustainability Plan using the given template. The plan must document:

  • the purpose of the plan
  • three sustainability strategies to be implemented including:
    • individual actions needed to implement the strategy
    • any resource requirements (both human and physical) for the strategy
    • who is responsible for ensuring management and completion (you should refer to the Organisation Chart in the BD001 Business Plan on possible responsibility)
    • timeline of when it must be completed
    • the performance indicator on how it will be measured (for success or failure).
  • how performance will be evaluated
  • methods that can be employed for continuous improvement of sustainability practices.


Assessment Task 4a: Promote Sustainability Initiatives and Responsibilities

Due: Sunday Week 13 11:59pm

  • You are to lead a presentation with representatives of the staff members affected by the sustainability initiatives explaining the Sustainability Policy and Sustainability Plan details. Review the IM003 Communication Policy & Procedures (accessible via the CBSA website) for the delivery of presentations, and then undertake a meeting with representatives of CBSA’s staff in line with workplace procedures. The presentation should be no longer than 10–15 minutes, and you will need to:
  • provide an outline of the Sustainability Policy including its goals
  • provide an outline of the Sustainability Plan with a focus on the three strategies and the actions and responsibility associated with each strategy.


Assessment Task 4b: Monitoring and Record-Keeping Process

Due: Sunday Week 14 11:59pm

Based on the email, you are to develop a Monitoring and Communication Plan using the given template. For each sustainability strategy, you are to identify one way that the results can be monitored, including how it can be recorded and communicated including the following:

  • When the performance result should be communicated.
  • Who it should be communicated to.
  • Who should send the communication.
  • The format that the result should be communicated in.
  • What the contents of the communication should be.


Assessment Task 4c: Implement Strategies and Communicate Outcomes

Due: Sunday Week 15 11:59pm

For the purpose of this task, you will role-play the person/people you have assigned responsibility for monitoring and reporting in the Monitoring and Communication Plan created in the previous activity. Based on this you are to document the communication for each strategy, interpreting the results in the Sustainability Performance Results attachment in line with the three strategies you have in your Sustainability Plan.

For each of the three communications, you must develop communication that:

  • uses the specified format for the communication as per the Monitoring and Communication Plan
  • addresses it to the appropriate person/people as per the Monitoring and Communication Plan
  • document the contents of the communication.

You are free to make up any details based on your strategies in line with the results for each. Depending on what your first strategy is, the results indicate that it ‘is way behind schedule or not performing as expected’ so you should communicate this. Repeat this process for the other two communications. As an example, if the first strategy is to ‘Reduce power consumption by 20%’, you could interpret the result of ‘is way behind schedule or not performing as expected’, because power consumption has increased. You must communicate this. You are free to make any interpretation that you like, as long as it is in keeping with the performance results for each strategy.

If your communication is to be specified as email format, you must use the organisation’s Email Template (accessible via the CBSA website). If you have selected other methods, you are free to develop the communication in line with the chosen method.


Assessment Task 4d: Undertake Continuous Improvements

Due: Sunday Week 15 11:59pm

Based on the performance results given in the attachment in the previous assessment task, and the communications you addressed in line with these, you must modify the Sustainability Policy and Sustainability Plan to ensure that improvements can be implemented in future. Ensure that you modify:

  • any sustainability goals, employee responsibilities, and/or sustainability strategies in the Sustainability Policy that you believe can be improved upon in line with the performance results
  • any strategies and associated actions in the Sustainability Plan that you believe can be improved upon in line with the performance results.

You must make at least two modifications to the Sustainability Policy and the one modification to the Sustainability Plan that will improve these documents.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS.

Submission Requirements

You should:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.  
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.

Other Information

Late Submission Procedures  

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates. 

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you 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:



If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.  

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment  

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:


Marking Guide (Competency): 

Feedback on your assignment and your results will be released via the rubric on Canvas. Assessment tasks will receive the following outcomes:


Not Satisfactory

DNS (Did not Submit)

There are 2 assessments for this course, students must be deemed satisfactory in all assessments to be competent in this course.

Course grades will be given as:

CA (Competency Achieved)

NYC (Not Yet Competent)

DNS (Did not submit)

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying. 

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.  

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


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