School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures
  • Unit Code

    SCI5250
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    20
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Prof Angus Neil MORRISON-SAUNDERS

Description

This unit examines the role of environmental impact assessment as part of an environmental decision making process in land using planning, resource management and development projects. The legislative basis for environmental impact assessment and administrative and technical procedures are investigated.Experience is gained in the conductof environmental impact assessment. This unit aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge andskills needed to be an effective member of an environmental assessment project team.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate a formal assessment program submitted to an environmental protection agency.
  2. Describe the actual and potential roles of the general public to environmental impact assessment, reporting and monitoring of a development proposal.
  3. Describe the procedures used in environmental impact assessment and monitoring in Australia and internationally.
  4. Develop an audit plan for an Environmental Project, Environmental Management Systems (EMS) or Environmental Managmenet Plan (EMP).
  5. Identify and evaluate current environmental impact assessment legislation and practices.

Unit Content

  1. Auditing, monitoring and reporting.
  2. Economic and social factors and the community impacts of developments.
  3. Historical and philosophical background to environmental impact assessment in Australia and globally.
  4. Impact identification, prediction, evaluation and measurement.
  5. Legislation and procedures as they relate to Australia and other countries. The referral process, assessment and decision making processes in a variety of jurisdictions.
  6. Public participation.
  7. Strategic environmental assessment and sustainability and its application to EIA.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lecture material is provided in an on-line environment and students are encouraged to search and review all information resources available to them. Some assessments make use of shared information in th eon-line environment.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
EssayEIA Processes and Public Participation30%
ExerciseAuditing and Monitoring considerations20%
ReportCritical Review of an EIA50%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
EssayEIA Processes and Public Participation30%
ExerciseAuditing and Monitoring considerations20%
ReportCritical Review of an EIA50%

Core Reading(s)

  • Elliott, M., & I., T. (2005). Environmental impact assessment in Australia : theory and practice. (5th ed.). Annandale, NSW: Federation Press.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures
  • Unit Code

    SCI5250
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    20
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Prof Angus Neil MORRISON-SAUNDERS

Description

This unit examines the role of environmental impact assessment as part of an environmental decision making process in land using planning, resource management and development projects. The legislative basis for environmental impact assessment and administrative and technical procedures are investigated.Experience is gained in the conductof environmental impact assessment. This unit aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge andskills needed to be an effective member of an environmental assessment project team.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate a formal assessment program submitted to an environmental protection agency.
  2. Describe the actual and potential roles of the general public to environmental impact assessment, reporting and monitoring of a development proposal.
  3. Describe the procedures used in environmental impact assessment and monitoring in Australia and internationally.
  4. Develop an audit plan for an Environmental Project, Environmental Management Systems (EMS) or Environmental Managmenet Plan (EMP).
  5. Identify and evaluate current environmental impact assessment legislation and practices.

Unit Content

  1. Auditing, monitoring and reporting.
  2. Economic and social factors and the community impacts of developments.
  3. Historical and philosophical background to environmental impact assessment in Australia and globally.
  4. Impact identification, prediction, evaluation and measurement.
  5. Legislation and procedures as they relate to Australia and other countries. The referral process, assessment and decision making processes in a variety of jurisdictions.
  6. Public participation.
  7. Strategic environmental assessment and sustainability and its application to EIA.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lecture material is provided in an on-line environment and students are encouraged to search and review all information resources available to them. Some assessments make use of shared information in th eon-line environment.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
EssayEIA Processes and Public Participation30%
ExerciseAuditing and Monitoring considerations20%
ReportCritical Review of an EIA50%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
EssayEIA Processes and Public Participation30%
ExerciseAuditing and Monitoring considerations20%
ReportCritical Review of an EIA50%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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