On completion of the three day course, participants
will be provided with a Certificate of Participation.
For students seeking credit for a 10 Credit Point
value course, assessment requirements comprise the
15% (Daily during Course): Short written items
at the conclusion of each day’s learning.
25% (Day 3 - Evening): Individual presentation
task. Given the activities and discussions undertaken
during the course, students will choose their
topic for the major assessment item. Students
will present a 5 minute summary of the rationale
of their proposed topic and intended methodology
to an audience.
60% (Post-Attendance): Major Assessment Item
(Due within 3 weeks of course completion). Students
will research a minimum of 10 key papers in
relation to their topic (literature review)
and prepare a paper, drawing on their professional
context. Depending on the quality of the papers
produced, there may be the opportunity for actual
submission and/ or publication.
More detail will be provided on each assessment
item in accordance with usual assessment briefing
requirements, prior to commencement of the short
The course facilitators will be available via email
on completion of the course, for questions relating
to the major assessment item.
Satisfactory completion of coursework and associated
assessments will be formally recognised as credit
towards the RMIT Master of Sustainable Practice
(Supervisor - Associate Professor Roger Hadgraft,
School of Civil and Chemical Engineering).
Each course is equivalent to one quarter of a Graduate
Certificate. RMIT postgraduate credit is recognised
at a number of Australian and International Universities.
List one global phenomenon that is a major driver
of weather on the planet?
Briefly describe the ‘waves of innovation’
model, and the concept of the ‘sixth wave’
What is the field of science called that is
concerned with design that emulates nature?
Briefly describe one example of Biomimicry?
Name one Millennium Development Goal.
What is the Montreal Protocol?
what year do the Millennium Development Goals
aim to achieve a 50% reduction in world poverty?
is an ‘Externality’? Use an example
to describe the term.
Briefly describe the ‘tragedy of the commons’.
your favourite ‘phrase’/ ‘saying’
an example of decoupling.
one environmental example and one social example
of a business ‘driver for change’
towards more sustainable practices.
describe the Triple Bottom Line (John Elkington)
one advantage and one disadvantage of using
the triple bottom line tool to describe and
measure organisational performance.
to the Rocky Mountain Institute, what percentage
of materials is in use 6 months after production?
describe the term ‘radical resource productivity’
and explain what ‘Factor 4’ means
in this context.
What is the concept of “Cradle to Cradle”?
two considerations when undertaking a ‘life
cycle assessment’ of a product or service.
Whole System Design. How does this form of design
differ from the traditional form of engineering
- The evidence assembled shows
that a company’s environmental performance
is good for their financial bottom line. Why
- Choose two societal groups
from the Whole of Society Diagram and list two
key differences and two key similarities between
- What two factors do you think
are the most important in allowing companies
to improve their environmental performance and
their financial performance?
- Given the overwhelming evidence
assembled above list one reason why some businesses
still believe that seeking to improve their
environmental performance will harm their bottom
- Define, using your own words,
the concept of a ‘whole of society’
- List three terms associated
with a whole of society approach.
- Give an example of a community
- What City in Brazil has made
significant advances in innovating for a sustainable
future? Give one interesting statistic from
the case study covered today.
- What is the aim of the Strategic
- What does the “Amoeba”
Natural Edge Project Engineering Sustainable Solutions
Program is supported by the Australian National
for UNESCO through the International Relations
Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and