Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Prerequisites
1 18 units of second level topics
2 36 units of first level topics
3 31.5 units of first level topics
4 22.5 units of second level topics
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or (3 and 4))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENVS3722, ENVS3732, ENVS8011, ENVS8732, GEOG8040 has been successfully completed
Assessment
Exam, Project, Quizzes
Topic description
This topic presents an introduction to the concepts and underlying principles of environmental impact assessment (EIA). It focuses on the process of EIA and its practice in Australia. An overview of the methods used to identify and assess the environmental impact of major proposals is provided. The effectiveness and adequacy of EIA practice in Australia is considered.
Educational aims
The topic aims to:
  1. Introduce students to the intentions and role of EIA in environmental management
  2. Draw students attention to aspects of the EIA process requiring further investigation and improvement for enhanced environmental outcomes
  3. Highlight variability of EIA processes in different states of Australia and in other countries to illustrate strengths and challenges in existing EIA practice
  4. Provide students with the opportunity to simulate specific activities in the EIA process
  5. Provide students with the opportunity to evaluate key EIA documentation
  6. Encourage students to develop a range of transferable skills
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Recognise EIA is one of a suite of environmental management tools
  2. Understand the various elements of the EIA process
  3. Comprehend the limitations of the EIA process in addressing environmental impacts
  4. Appreciate the variation in practice of EIA in different contexts
  5. Access, and apply evaluation criteria to various steps of the EIA cycle and the companion documentation
  6. Facilitate a small group discussion
  7. Work as a member of a team
  8. Produce a research report
  9. Deliver a verbal presentation