Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: EASC5047C

Course Title: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6130 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Amir R. Zokaei-Fard
Phone: 9925 4184

William Harding
Phone: 9925 4443

Kemps Cheng
Phone: 9925 4691

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

This competency covers the outcomes required to effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements including those reducing negative environmental impacts of work practices.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSAENV272B 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. Measure and record current usage of resources using appropriate techniques.
1.4. Identify and report workplace environmental hazards to appropriate personnel.


2. Comply with environmental regulations.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Follow procedures to ensure compliance.
2.2. Report environmental incidents to appropriate personnel.


3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Follow enterprise plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.
3.2. Make suggestions for improvements to workplace practices in own work area.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Reports

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MSAENV272B in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

Week Topics Delivered

Elements /Performance Criteria

1 Introduction and course overview. Sustainability: definitions and principles. 3 spheres of Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Economic. Sustainability issues. Global warming, sea-level rise.  1.1
2 Three spheres of Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Economic. Sustainability issues. Global warming, sea-level rise.  1.1
3 More of world picture: Understanding Climate change: Vic Government, CSIRO, Others; Population growth; Over consumption; World resources; Water; Waste; Waste Management Hierarchy.  1.1
4 Start preparation for workplace resources exercise. Identify environmental issues in your workplace. 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
5 Test 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
6 Workplace resources and environmental issues exercises 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
7 Group visit to workshop: quiz workshop manager, conduct inspection; prepare group report (Element 1) WorkSafe: A handbook for workplaces: Controlling OHS hazards and risks; Work on group reports



8 Workplace environmental hazards; preparing for a (workshop) workplace inspection; conducting a workplace resources review; questions for workplace staff


9 What can I do? Identifying sustainable work practices. Improving resource efficiency. Designing, manufacturing, reuse and recycling. 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
10 Preliminary report (due) 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4

Conduct workplace inspection, improve workplace resource efficiency review, workplace resources used review and workplace OH&S inspection, create (OH&S) Incident report, identify workplace improvements. Locate resources on Mechanical Engineering workplaces: videos, etc.

12 Work on project 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
13 Revision 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
14 Feedback on preliminary report 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
15 & 16 Work on project 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
17 Final report presentation (due) 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 14 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


None. Materials and resources will be either provided or the link to same will be provided.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Assignment 1

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40


Assessment 2: Assignment 2

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40


Assessment 3: Test

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix


Performance Criteria Covered

Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Final Test

































Assessment Tasks

  • Test, 10% - Week 5
  • Preliminary report, 30% - Week 10
  • Final report, 60% - Week 17

All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:
80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MSAENV272B Elements & Performance Criteria

 MSAENV272B Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7
Test x x x x x x x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
Preliminary report x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

Final report

x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
 Assessments EA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6
   X X  X X  X X X X X X X X X X X
Preliminary report
Final report
 X  X  X  X X  X X X  X  X  X X  X  X  X  X
All Assessments


0 1 3 3 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1
0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

  • Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
  • Maths and science developmental support and advice
  • English language development

Please refer to to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to to find more information about special consideration.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.

Please refer to to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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