Details of Learning Activities
A range of learning experiences are planned for this course including class and online activities relevant to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices.
This course is delivered both online and in a simulated work space in conjunction with LAW5189 Practice in a legal environment (VU20113) course. Please refer to LAW5189 Practice in a legal environment course guide for weekly outline and assessments for that unit.
Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:
• Program overview and requirements
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Pre-Training Review including:
o Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
o Assessment of current skills and knowledge
• Competency/Grading Criteria
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
The nominal hours associated with this course are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
|1|| 8 July|
Introduction to the Course including:
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Course Blackboard access
• Accuracy of enrolment
• Assessment requirements/Cover Sheets
• Submission requirements
• Feedback in this course
• Getting help
What is sustainable practice?
| On-line Exercise 1|
|2|| 15 July|
What is climate change?
|On-line Exercise 2|
|3|| 22 July|
Determining your own sustainability?
On-line Exercise 3
|4|| 29 July||Improving resource efficiency.|
|On-line Exercise 4 |
|5|| 5 Aug||Sustainability and business|
|On-line Exercise 5|
|6|| 12 Aug|
Identifying environmentally sustainable work practices
On-line Exercise 6
|7|| 19 Aug||Setting targets for improvements|
|On-line Exercise 7|
|8|| 26 Aug|
Implementing sustainable work practices
|On-line Exercise 8|
Mid Semester break
|9|| 9 Sept|
Monitoring sustainable work practices
|On-line Exercise 9|
|10|| 16 Sept|
Discussion on sustainability assignment
|11|| 23 Sept|
Sustainability in a Legal Practice
Sustainability Assignment due 23 September 2015
|12|| 30 Sept|
|13|| 8 Oct|
|14|| 15 Oct|
Sustainability in a Legal Practice
|On-line Exercise 10|
Final week for submission of Online Exercises
|15|| 22 Oct||Overall Review of Sustainability|
|16|| 28 Oct||Feedback|
None prescribed however reading and articles will be available on blackboard.
It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.
Overview of Assessment
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence
• response to case studies
• review of reports of activities of work group in relation to measuring resource use and developing improvement strategies
• review of work plans outlining approaches to improved practices with documented benchmarks
• analysis of the way in which advice is sought and suggestions are made about improvements
• observation over time and in a range of situations in relation to review of overall work area and staff, to assess and measure resource use, hazards and compliance
• reports on meetings around procedures and improvement processes and monitoring within the workplace; lists of environmental hazards/risks or inefficiencies or opportunities for improvements identified in the workplace
• analysis of implementation of programs such as a green office program, supply chain program for purchasing sustainable products, or an environmental management framework
• oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of environmental and energy efficiency issues, systems and procedures specific to industry practice.
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.
To pass this course, you need to demonstrate you are competent to the industry standard as required of a paralegal. To achieve this, you must complete all assessments to an acceptable industry standard.
You will be assessed against your skills and knowledge and will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you have performed to industry standard or not and how well you are performing.
To be deemed competent in this course the following evidence is essential:
• knowledge of relevant compliance requirements within work area
• developing plans to make improvements
• planning and organising work group activities in relation to measuring current use and devising strategies to improve usage
• monitoring resource use and improvements for environmental performance relative to work area and supervision
• ensuring appropriate action is taken within work area in relation to environmental/sustainability compliance and potential hazards
• implementing new approaches to work area in an effort to resolve and improve environmental and resource efficiency issues and reporting as required.
Assessment Task 1 - 10 Online Quizzes/Exercises (These exercises are to determine competency only and are not graded)
Due Date: To be completed by week 14
Submission Procedure: To be completed and submitted on blackboard
The purpose of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the sustainability principles in particular how to investigate current practices, how to set targets and implement and monitor strategies to improve sustainability performance.
Assessment Task 2 - Report on Sustainable Work Practices in a Legal Office (this exercise determines competency and is a Graded Assessment 100%)
Due Date: 23 September 2015
Submission Procedure: To be submitted through Turnitin on blackboard with a hard copy to be handed to the teacher.
The purpose of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the sustainability principles and how to apply them to working in a Legal Practice.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.
You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.
Marking Guide (Grading)
CHD - 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
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date:
• If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for extensions of time. (Please refer to the information in the Late Submission Procedure section below)
• If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks (hard copy and soft copy).
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration
and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for
assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for
assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on
• Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment,
unit code and title and page numbers.
Late Submission Procedures
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time, by circumstances outside your control, you must apply in advance for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.
More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf
Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.
More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf
Resubmissions (VET Programs):
Students who achieve an indicative grade of greater than 50%, yet have not demonstrated competency across all learning outcomes will be given the opportunity to undertake an oral questioning with the assessor in which they will be required to demonstrate competence in the elements or learning outcomes not yet demonstrated. If students cannot demonstrate competency across all learning outcomes or elements of the course the maximum grade they can achieve is NYC - Not Yet Competent.