ENV112 - Environmental Management Systems/Audits

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Subject Title
Environmental Management Systems/Audits

Subject Description
This Course will examine environmental management systems in compliance with the environmental laws and regulations. The course will introduce the students to the concept on environmental management systems and their role in reducing overall environmental impacts within industry and business operations. The course will provide students with an overview of the purpose of an EMS model, how companies adopt/implement them and the overall framework of EMS models. The course will also focus on specific EMS models, including the ISO 14001 systems. This course will also teach students about the Auditing process, in terms of using the audit as a management tool for environmental performance.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Environmental Management Certificate 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Define Environmental Management Systems.
2.  Discuss the role EMS’s play within business and industry.
3. Describe the procedure for implementing an EMS.
4. Discuss major EMS models, including ISO 14001.
5. Outline some of the steps involved in an Environmental Audit.
6.  Explain the steps to implement ISO 14000.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
The course is divided into eight units. The actual sequence of the units may be subject to change.

Unit 1             Environmental Management Systems Learning Outcome Reference Number
1.1 Define an Environmental Management System. [1]
1.2 Explain what ISO – International Organization for Standardization is. [1]
1.3 Describe the importance of Management Responsibility. [1]
1.4 Outline the elements of an EMS and the extent of application. [1]
1.5 Describe the EMS structure, and the importance of documentation. [1]
1.6 Explain the procedures that verify the integrity of an EMS. [1]
Unit II EMS within business and industry  
2.1 Define the meanings of standards, and standardization. [2]
2.2 Explain the origin of the International Organization for Standardization. [2]
2.3 Describe the origin, objective, and scope of ISO 14000. [2]
2.4 Discuss what a business and/or organization must do to implement an EMS. [2]
2.5 Explain the reasons why a business and/or organization would implement an EMS. [2]
Unit III Implementing an EMS  
3.1 Explain the documentation for an EMS. [3]
3.2 Analyze ISO14000 documentation requirements. [3]
3.3 Discuss the format requirements and the possibility of reformatting pre-existing documents. [3]
3.4 Outline the structure of the documentation system. [3]
3.5 Contrast electronic and paper documentation. [3]
3.6 Outline the procedure for registration. [3]
3.7 Contrast improvement versus maintenance of an EMS. [3]
3.8 Analyze the use of ISO 9000 as a base for ISO14000. [3]
3.9 Discuss the continual improvement requirements of ISO 14000. [3]
3.10 Describe what a world class organization would do as a result of improvement beyond requirements. [3]
Unit IV  Discuss major EMS models including ISO 14001  
4.1 Examine other ISO standards as ISO 9000. [4]
4.2 Discuss the occupational health and safety standard under ISO18000. [4]
4.3 Discuss the component parts of ISO 14000 and their relationships. [4]
4.4 Define some of the main terms used by ISO 14000, and explain where to find these definitions in each document of the ISO 14000. [4]
4.5 Outline legal considerations and requirements of ISO 14000. [4]
4.6 Analyze specific ISO 14000 requirements. [4]
Unit V Steps involved in an Environmental Audit  
5.1 Define an EMS audit, and its objectives. [5]
5.2 Describe audit types, scope, and process. [5]
Unit VI Steps to implement ISO 14000  
6.1 Discuss the reasons behind an organizational decision to implement ISO 14000. [6]
6.2 Analyze procedures to minimize costs. [6]
6.3 Describe the fifteen main steps to registration. [6]
6.4 Discuss follow up to registration procedures. [6]
6.5 Analyze the purpose of a checklist for ISO 14000. [6]
6.6 Discuss the ISO 14000 checklist format. [6]
6.7 Describe how to use the checklist for ISO 14000. [6]

Mode of Instruction
On-Line Delivery
This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
On-Line Delivery
The following elements will determine the student’s final grade:
2 Tests (20% each) 40%
Assignments 10%
Quizzes (best 10/13) 5%
Final project 25%
Final Exam 20%
 Total 100%

The final exam must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.


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