Course Title: Analyse and implement sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: OHTH5477

Course Title: Analyse and implement sustainable work practices

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5230 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Simon Rankin

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 15

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 unit you will effectively investigate and analyse resource usage and workplace practices, develop and promote plans in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices, to promote continuous improvement and innovation of environmental work practices and to monitor environmental and resource efficiency performance.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU010 Analyse and implement sustainable work practices


1 Investigate and analyse current resource usage and workplace practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Investigate, measure and document current resource usage and environmental issues
in the workplace
1.2 Analyse current purchasing strategies and work practices in relation to sustainability
1.3 Identify relevant legislation, codes and national standards that impact on workplace environmental practices to ensure compliance
1.4 Identify existing and potential environmental risks and hazards in the workplace and report on if/as required


2 Develop, promote and implement environmental and resource efficiency plan and procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop and document an environmental and resource efficiency plan, targets and work procedures based on analysis of resource usage and practices
2.2 Recognise, follow and communicate to individuals/team(s) the environmental and resource efficiency plan, targets and associated work procedures
2.3 Recognise, follow and communicate to individuals/team(s) relevant legislation, codes and national standards that impact on workplace environmental practices
2.4 Identify environmental training needs and provide training as required
2.5 Oversee implementation of environmental and resource efficiency plan and procedures
2.6 Respond positively and in a timely manner to environmental and resource efficiency actions, improvements and workplace practices


3 Promote continuous improvement and innovative environmental work practices

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Foster continuous improvement and sustainable innovation as an essential part of work practices and doing business
3.2 Gather information and encourage others to suggest and/or make improvements to environmental workplace plans and practices
3.3 Actively seek new ideas and incorporate entrepreneurial behaviour into work practices
3.4 Respond positively and promptly to changes in the workplace in accordance with environmental practice requirements
3.5 Inform individuals/team(s) of the results of environmental improvements and innovations in the workplace as appropriate
3.6 Identify environmental training needs, and seek training where/as required


4 Monitor environmental and resource efficiency performance plan

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Gather data and information to assess workplace performance against efficiency plan, targets and work procedures
4.2 Evaluate and adjust efficiency plan, targets and work procedures to reflect workplace changes

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

The application of this unit in the workplace sees an individual artist or designer analysing, planning for, improving and monitoring sustainable practices.

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:
• group class exercises
• practical demonstrations
• design activities or projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities may include:
• online research
• library research
• independent group project based work
• studio practice
• online tutorials

Teaching Schedule


Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
Week Content
  • Presentation – Graphic design and sustainability
  • Delivery of assessment task brief: Visualising sustainable design practice
  • Students assign working groups
  • Students assigned research and production tasks
  • Review and discuss class resources
  • Information graphics – Workshop
  • Group meeting and discussion regarding research process
  • Further research
  • Production/studio time
  • Group critiques
  • Progress feedback from teacher
  • Production/studio time
  • Project finalisation
  • Presentation to class
  • Feedback sessions
  • Respond to feedback
  • Project submission


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


Wendy Jedlicka, 2010, Sustainable Graphic Design: Tools, Systems and

Strategies for Innovative Print Design, Hoboken, N.J

Brian Dougherty, 2008, Green Graphic Design, Allworth Press

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.  

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:
Practical tasks in the form of graphic design finished artworks reflecting appropriate research/analysis and promoting improved work practices.
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete the following piece of assessment to a satisfactory standard:

Assessment task:
Visualising sustainable design – Information graphic that plans for and promotes continuous environmental improvements in graphic design work practices– Due April 22

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

HD 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

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline: (unresolved)

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

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 go to Academic Integrity:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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