Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: OHTH5461C

Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Julia Raath   Ph 99259201

Patricia Brien

Nominal Hours: 40

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 course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSAENV472A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Sessions will include group presentations, guest lectures, research sessions and class discussions.
Students will undertake an audit of a Design and production projects and report on how improvements can be applied .

Teaching Schedule

This Progam may be subject to change

Week 1:
Introduction to unit.
Assessment Requirements.
Discussion with group on how the notion of how we put in place Sustainable practice
Group allocation of topics.

Week 2:
An Inconvenient Truth
Approaches to Sustainability

Research and group planning

Week 3
Group Topic and planning research
Start researching the local retail environment

Week 4:
People, Planet, Profit (Triple Bottom Line)
Presentation - Cradle to Cradle principles
Overview of Environmental Law and international assessment criteria for Environmental standards and the crediting organisations.

Week 5:
Presentation Trend Analysis – Fashion & Sustainable possibilities.
Sustainability and the consumer
Reducing the impact of use phase
Presentation Marketing sustainability: Green washing & transparency

Week 6:
Presentation Ethics & Fashion Production
Human Rights and Workers Rights Issues in the industry + Sites of connection with environmental violations + Health & Safety
Film: China Blue

Week 7:
Ethical Production: Auditing for Ethics – (Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production - W.R.A.P.)
Presentation Fairtrade principles
Corporate Social Responsibility models
Presentation Ethical Fashion organizations & crediting organisations
Outworkers and fair wages & conditions (No Sweat Shop)

Week 8:

Presentation Design-led alternatives, multifunctional clothes
Rethinking Fast: Slow Fashion, Slow Design

Overview of fibres in relation to sustainability:
Presentation Manufactured fibres, Natural Fibres and Fibre ‘alternatives’.
New textiles and Fabric Technologies.
CSIRO Research
Innovations in Production

Week 9:
Local and/or Global:
Assignment: Present Review the Australian retail environment Class discussion

Week 10:
Guest speaker

Weeks 11:Reduce, reuse and recycle (+ rethink):
The Fashion Cycle
Presentation Life Cycle Analyses

Week 12:
Reduce, reuse and recycle (+ rethink):
Waste management strategies, waste disposal & resource efficiency issues.
Presentation The global textile recycling chain.
Industrial ecology.

Week 13:
Reduce, reuse and recycle (+ rethink):
Presentation Precycling, packaging & Design strategies

Week 14:
Standardising Environmental Factors in Fashion manufacturing
Introduction to EMS ISO 14001 (+ ISO 19011)

Week 15:
Audit preparation

Week 16:
Presentation of Audit plans & report.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Sustainable Fashion & Textiles Design Journeys, Kate Fletcher

Eco-chic the fashion paradox, Sandy Black

Slow Living, Perkins

Sustainable Fashion: Why Now? Janet Hethorn & Connie Ulasewicz

Designers, visionaries & other stories, A collection of sustainable design essays, Jonathan Chapman & Nick Grant

Environmental Management Systems: A Step by Step Guide to Implementation and Maintenance, Christopher Sheldon & Mark Yoxon

Biomimicry, Janine M. Benyus

Bioregional Solutions: For living on one planet, Pooran Desai

Environmental Law (Nutshells), Brenda Short

Modern Environmentalism: An Intro, David Pepper

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.
This course comprises both practical and theory components. You will be expected to attend and participate in class activities.
As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times and participate in formal assessment tasks.
PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment.

Assessment Tasks

Sustainability audit plan – report 50%
Students will undertake a personal audit of the Collections project undertaken in Design and Production units.
An analysis of all materials and processes will be required and presented as a report

Group Presentation - Small groups 30%
Students will be required to present to the group on an aspect of sustainable practice from provided list. To be allocated in week 2

Participation in class discussion & engagement with subject area 20%
Research the Australian Retail and provide environment oral feedback. This is and in class discussion attendance is required for assessment purposes. Students must record personal finding in a journal to be submitted with final audit.

Assessment Matrix

 Assessment tasks


Elements of competency

Sustainble Practice  project audit plan & report


Participation & Engagement with subject area + Retail environment feedback


Group Presentation


Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage. XXX
Set targets for improvements XX 
Implement performance improvement strategies. X  
Monitor performance. XX 
Note: student must be competent in each Element of Copmpetecy to sucessfully complete this course

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