SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

CSE1STX

2017

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

In this subject, students are introduced to developing and implementing a workplace sustainability policy in line with a current theoretical framework and modifying it to suit the interconnections between the economy, society and the environment. Students identify, analyse and evaluate information to develop, monitor and modify organisational policies in accordance with legislative and organisational goals and changing business circumstances. During this process, they are required to communicate and consult with internal and external stakeholders. The subject also introduces students to planning, sequencing and using systematic and analytical processes to research and gather data and to evaluate outcomes of decision-making to identify improvement. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in SBAIO.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsRethinking corporate social responsibility in the age of climate change: a communication perspective.RecommendedAllen. M, W, & Craig. C, A. 2016Springer Open
ReadingsCarroll's pyramid of CSR: taking another lookRecommendedCarroll. A, B. 2016Springer Open

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Scope and develop organisational policies and procedures to ensure they comply with legislative requirements and support the organisations sustainability goals.

Activities:
Online practical activities including a workplace simulation exercise reviewing a company's policy and procedure.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Explain policy development processes, practices and current sustainability theoretical frameworks.

Activities:
Webinars and discussion forums about sustainable practices in IT.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Consult and communicate with internal and external stakeholders to generate engagement with development of the sustainability policy.

Activities:
Teamwork workplace simulation exercise (mock company intranet) supported via webinars and discussion forums are used to encourage interaction between students and the academic staff for peer group learning.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Cultural Literacy)

04. Explain the corporate social responsibility (CSR) required by business and the degree of responsibility they must take for their actions.

Activities:
Teamwork workplace simulation exercise (mock company intranet) supported via webinars and discussion forums.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

05. Plan, develop and implement a sustainability policy that reflects the organisation's commitment to sustainability and global citizenship.

Activities:
A workplace simulation exercise involving reviewing a company's current situation and developing a policy report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

06. Document outcomes and provide feedback to key personnel and stakeholders.

Activities:
Workplace simulation exercise involving data collection and reporting via excel spreadsheets.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Cultural Literacy)

07. Develop, track and implement strategies for continuous improvement in resource efficiency and track them.

Activities:
Data input an analysis of Excel activity report. Added activities including online true/false and multiple choice questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

08. Use research skills to plan and prepare the sustainability policy so it is appropriate to context, organisational requirements and audience.

Activities:
Research and analyse company policies and develop a written report to inform framework development for other businesses.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2017, Study Block 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 3, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 4, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 5, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 6, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 7, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 8, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 9, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 10, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 11, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Study Block 12, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Week 02-13, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 02 - 13
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 02 to week 13 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Week 05-16, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 05 - 16
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 05 to week 16 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07

Online, 2017, Week 09-21, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFei Liu

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 09 - 21
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 09 to week 21 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (equivalent to 1,000 words)Research a sustainability framework. Identify the key parts of the framework, explain why you chose this framework and how it is used to develop workplace policy.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Sustainability Policy report (equivalent to 2,500-words)Develop, monitor and implement a sustainability policy, along with supporting procedures for the mock company, Kingfisher Garden Centre. The policy report is designed using a sustainability framework and comply with relevant legislation, standards/and or ecolables. Key action plans and policies focus on applying skills to design, monitor and implement strategies in manage waste, water and energy, and includ60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Three 15-minute online tests (equivalent to 750-words total)Three multiple-choice tests conducted online.15 01, 03, 06, 07