Design for sustainability

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSS017007A, 'Design for sustainability'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Design for sustainability' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria


Define the benefit received by the customer


Select an existing or potential new product for analysis


Determine who the customers are for the product


Determine uses of product by customers


Analyse the benefits received by the customer from using the product


Define and rank the benefits received


Validate benefits in an appropriate manner


Develop alternative ways of delivering benefit


Brainstorm alternative methods of delivering required benefits


Brainstorm related benefits which may also be able to be delivered


Analyse sustainability impacts of each alternative


Consult with relevant stakeholders, as appropriate


Rank alternatives by sustainability


Prepare an initial business case for top ranked alternatives


Develop product and process design


Develop product design specification for alternatives most likely to be implemented


Determine likely production process for alternatives most likely to be implemented


Analyse life cycle sustainability for alternatives most likely to be implemented


Select alternative to develop


Consult with relevant stakeholders, as appropriate


Confirm selected alternative does deliver key customer benefits


Confirm design for selected alternative


Develop and document product specification


Develop and document key production process parameters


Consult with relevant stakeholders, as appropriate


Prepare business case for implementing selected alternative


Negotiate solutions to value chain issues caused by changed design


Communicate required responses as appropriate


Identify what communications are required and to whom


Prepare appropriate reports and recommendations


Pitch reports and recommendations, as appropriate


Brief appropriate persons as required by determined responses


Finalise appropriate recording

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS017007A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS70111 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Operations