EVST19020 - Environmental Management Systems
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

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

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 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

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Though the Course is challenging, students found the work to be of value. Have Your Say This is pleasing to know. The main assignment is for students to create their own EMS for a hypothetical organisation, and although this is challenging, students are provided with clear instructions, resources and enough time to complete it successfully.
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.

Important skills objectives include the development of abilities to:

  • find particular information that is contained in the online material, textbook or other study resources
  • demonstrate information literacy skills concerning the identification and evaluation of online (website) sources about EMS
  • develop a draft EMS including key elements of basic EMS documentation
  • communicate EMS information through oral presentations, slide show or web-based material, or written reports.

In a broader educational context, it is worth noting that the design of this unit is intended to assist students to develop independent life-long learning skills, and in particular the ability to successfully cope with online learning environments, such as is presented in this unit

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving        
3. Critical Thinking                
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work                            
6. Information Technology Competence                          
7. Cross Cultural Competence                            
8. Ethical practice                            

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
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Online Quiz(zes)          

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

The former textbook for this Unit is now freely available to students as a CRO. However, if you prefer a paper copy, they are still available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • word processing
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMichael Danaher (m.danaher@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017 Introduction to Standards
Week 2 13-03-2017 The ISO 14000 Series
Week 3 20-03-2017 Key ISO 14000 Requirements (1)
Week 4 27-03-2017 Key ISO 14000 Requirements (2)
Week 5 03-04-2017 Key ISO 14000 Requirements (3)
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Overview of EMS Assessment item 1 All Students
Assignment 1 Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017 Integrated Document Management Systems
Week 8 01-05-2017 Pre-audit Processes
Week 9 08-05-2017 Fostering Continual Improvement
Week 10 15-05-2017 Auditing EMS's
Week 11 22-05-2017 Case Studies (1)
Week 12 29-05-2017 Case Studies (2) Assessment item 2 All Students
Assignment 2 Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

Library Assignment.

The primary objectives of this assignment are to help you to learn how to evaluate and compare sources of information, focusing on material that is in websites. Evaluation of sources is an essential skill in the development of information literacy, while writing a comparison is an essential skill in the development of analytical thinking, and in the communication of information.

The details of this assignment are found in the Unit on Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students The essays will be marked and returned within two weeks of receipt by the Unit Coordinator.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

This assignment will be assessed on:

  • the completeness and accuracy with which the first 3 points (under 'Task description') above have been completed

  • the overall quality of your written communication, including the structure, style, format, citation and bibliography, English expression, and general appearance of your paper

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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

4. identify key documents in the ISO 14000 series and describe their functions

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

Term Project

Prepare a draft EMS (based on ISO 14001) for a hypothetical or actual small organization.

In addition write a short paper that explains elements of your EMS's design, cites sources used in compiling your EMS, and adds additional relevant commentary that may help explain your EMS, including its document organization and control procedures.

There are many quite specific things that must be done to complete this project successfully, with some options available as to how this can be done.

Therefore it is vital that you carefully read and follow the more specific instructions that are given on Moodle (Assignment 2).

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students The essays will be marked and returned within two weeks of receipt by the Unit Coordinator.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Assignments will be evaluated on the basis of the quantity and quality of the research and analysis that has gone into the project, and on the effectiveness of the written communication of that research.

Major emphasis will be given to assessing the documentation in your 'EMS manual' and in the other documents provided, looking for:

  • meeting the various requirements of those documents according to the relevant clauses in ISO 14001
  • meeting the requirements for document control information for each of them
  • clear and concise communication of each document's content
  • neat and consistent format and style
  • good English expression (e.g., spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, word choice and phrasing)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

Online workbook Activities - these are a set of weekly quizzes which are found on the Unit in Moodle. The details of these quizzes are also explained on Moodle.

Number of Quizzes 12
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date As per the schedule in Moodle
Return Date to Students The quizzes are graded automatically and your grade will be available immediately after your quiz has been completed.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Each question has just one correct response. Each question will be marked 'correct' if you chose the right answer. Scores are based on the number of correct answers only. There are no marks deducted for incorrect responses.

Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy




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