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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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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 70%
2. 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% 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
Feedback
Again, some students have questioned the value of the first assessment piece, evaluating and comparing two websites containing substantial information on EMSs.
Recommendation
This assessment task will be dropped from the unit, and this will give students more time to work on the larger assessment task, that of developing a draft EMS for a hypothetical organisation.
Action Taken
The first assessment piece was dropped, and students appreciated this a lot, as reflected in the satisfaction scores.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
There is some criticism of the Moodle navigation for the unit, saying the content is too bulky in places.
Recommendation
Moodle navigation will be revisited, and the content will be streamlined as much as possible without compromising the integrity of the unit.
Action Taken
Moodle navigation has been streamlined as much as it can be.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students were critical of some of the weekly Quiz questions, in particular saying some were a little too complex.
Recommendation
The quiz questions are there to help students understand the principles and processes of how the Standard works. However, they will be updated to make them more straightforward.
Action Taken
The Quiz questions were updated and made to be more straightforward in some instances. Students did not raise the issue of Quizzes in their feedback this time.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the concepts and key features of ISO 14001 and 14004
  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. develop a draft EMS with adequate documentation for a hypothetical (or actual) small organisation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)