Course Title: Develop strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues in the energy sector

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: EEET7031C

Course Title: Develop strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues in the energy sector

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6122 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Luigi La Forgia
Phone: +613 99254864

Nominal Hours: 20

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 unit covers developing strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues in the energy sector. It encompasses working safely, apply extensive knowledge of sustainable energy systems and components and their operating parameters, gathering and analysing data, applying problem solving techniques, developing and documenting alternatives solutions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEK132A Develop strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues in the energy sector


1. Prepare to develop strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work
1.3 The extent of the environmental and sustainability issues are determined from performance specifications and situation reports and in consultation with relevant persons
1.4 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved in the work
1.5 Effective strategies are determined to ensure solution development and implementation is carried out efficiently


2. Develop strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed
2.2 Knowledge of sustainability is applied to developing strategies to address greenhouse gas and sustainability issues
2.3 Parameters, specifications and performance requirements in relation to environmental and sustainability issues are set in accordance with established procedures
2.4 Approaches to resolving environmental and sustainability issues are analysed to provide most effective solutions
2.5 Unplanned events are dealt with safely and effectively consistent with regulatory requirements and enterprise policy
2.6 Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organisational or professional standards


3. Document strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Solutions to environmental and sustainability issues are tested to determine their effectiveness and modified where necessary
3.2 Adopted solutions are documented, including instructions for implementation that incorporates risk control measures to be followed
3.3 Appropriately competent and qualified persons required to implement solutions to environmental and sustainability issues are coordinated in accordance with regulatory requirements and enterprise policy (See Note)
3.4 Justification for strategies used to solve environmental and sustainability issues is documented for inclusion in work/project development records in accordance with professional standards

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
  • Presentations
  • Exercises/Activities

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEK132A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

Week Topics Delivered Elements/Performance Criteria


Overview of current situation in Australia regarding it’s politics, policies, government views, strategies, and economics around: Climate Change and Global Warming; Clean Energy; Coal and Gas Fired Energy; Carbon Tax; Renewable Energy Target (RET), Renewable Energy Sector/Industry, and the like

2 Continue with week 1 by watching ABC1 TV Four Corners Program –“Power to the People”, which was screened, July 7, 2014, 8:30pm 1.1-1.5
3 What is Sustainability 1.1-1.5
4 Our Current Energy System 1.1-1.5
5 The Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme 1.1-1.5
6 Putting a price on Carbon- Emissions Trading, a Tax, or both 1.1-1.5
7 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chang (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Working Group II Report, at the Press Conference held in Yokohama, Japon, 31 March 2014 1.1-1.5
8 Group A & B Presentations 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
9 Group C & D Presentations 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
10 Group E & F Presentations 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
11 Group G & H Presentations 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
12 Group I & J Presentations 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4

Group K & L Presentations

1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4

Group M & N Presentations

1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
15 Group O & P Presentations 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
16 Group Q & R Presentations 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
17-18  Catchup and Correction Period 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Resource materials will be available on S:\C6120\EEET7031C & On-Line with BlackBoard

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: Laboratory Exercise

Weighting towards final grade (%): 10 


Assessment 2: Project Assignment

Weighting towards final grade (%): 50


Assessment 3: Test

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40


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


Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria Covered Lab Project Test
1.1  x  x  
1.2 X x  
1.3 x x  
1.4 x x  
1.5 X x  
2.1 x x x
2.2 x x x
2.3 X x x
2.4 x x x
2.5 x x x
2.6 x x x
3.1 x x x
3.2 x x x
3.3 x x x
3.4 x x x



Assessment Tasks

  • Group Assignment/Presentation, 50%
  • Assignment 2 - Activities/Exercises, 50%

All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. One student of a group will have account created for this software and must submit the group report by 5 pm on Due Week through 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 UEENEEK132A Elements & Performance Criteria

  UEENEEK132A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
Group Assignment/Presentation  X  x x X  x  x x x x x x  x x
Assignment 2 - Activities/Exercises 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
  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
Group Assignment/Presentation      X  x  X  x          x  X x  X  X  x
Assignment 2 - Activities/Exercises  x    X  X  x  x    x    x  x  x  x  x  x x
All Assessments 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 1 0 2 3 3 3 2 3 3
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

* Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, lab exercises, 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 2 hours outside the class time.

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

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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.

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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge 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 2 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 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 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:

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

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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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