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EVST19020 - Environmental Management Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will examine the nature of Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) as developed by the International Organisation for Standards (ISO) and Standards Australia. Topics include: concepts of EMS, ISO 14000 series (including ISO 14001 and ISO 14004), implementing EMS, auditing and certification, relationships with Environmental Impact Assessment and ongoing issues. Case studies will review the implementation and functioning of EMS in Australia and in other countries.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credit points

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.44% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Have more zoom sessions throughout the Term with a focus on assisting students to understand how to draft an EMS Manual, which is their main assessment piece.
The UC will host more zoom sessions throughout the Term with a focus on assisting students to understand how to draft an EMS Manual.
Action Taken
This recommendation was implemented in full and the assignment progress zoom sessions were a very useful resource for students to have to assist them with their major assignment.
Source: Have Your Say
There was a lot of positive student feedback about many aspects of the unit such as Moodle navigation, the quizzes, and the authentic nature of the major assignment.
The recommendation is continual improvement in all aspects of the unit.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
Some students quizzed the usefulness and currency of the textbook because it doesn't fully match the current version of the ISO 14001 standard (2015).
It is recommended to source a new textbook, if one can be found that is free and explains the principles of the ISO14001 Standards to the required level of this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. explain the concepts of 'standards' and their world-wide and Australian growth and implementation
  2. access ISO and Standards Australia documents, publications, and other resources, and use appropriate information technologies to engage in research and other data/information-gathering activities regarding EMS
  3. explain the origins of EMS and their linkages to Environmental Impact Assessment processes and other mechanisms of environmental protection
  4. identify key documents in the ISO 14000 series and describe their functions
  5. list the key features of ISO 14001 and 14004
  6. describe the key concepts and principles of EMS
  7. discuss approaches to implementing EMS
  8. use EMS checklists
  9. prepare basic EMS documentation
  10. identify essential features of EMS auditing
  11. list the general requirements and processes involved in EMS certification
  12. discuss some of the on-going issues regarding EMS as an effective mechanism for environmental protection
  13. discuss a number of case studies involving EMS and identify lessons which have been learned from those experiences
  14. prepare a draft EMS for a hypothetical (or actual) small organization.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)