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Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment (ENV556)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit teaches the theories of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), focusing on the policy and procedures involved. The unit covers the history of EIA, including its origins and on-going development, the theoretical background of EIA, applications of EIA in planning, management and strategic assessment, the political implications of EIA, international standards for EIA best practice, and the preparation and critical evaluation of EIA documents, with reference to best practice standards.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of ENV556 you should be able to:

1. Find legal acts and other policy documents in print and electronic form related to EIA
2. Critically evaluate EIA principles, procedures and techniques
3. Apply EIA principles in various scientific, legal, administrative, social and political contexts
4. Effectively communicate best-practice principles in the field of EIA to scientists, managers, legal professionals and politicians.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 8 x 4 hour sessions.
Unit Learning Experiences A subject-centred learning approach to learning is adopted in this unit. Learning occurs through interactive workshops during in-class contact, supported independent research activity and through presentation to fellow students. Online discussion forums enable interaction with fellow students and the unit coordinator throughout the semester.
Other Learning Experiences Online workshops: 4h per semester.
Assessment The first written assignment - EIA Principles (30%, 500 words/early semester) develops an understanding of best practice EIA principles with respect to theory and legal processes for project-based impact assessment. The second written assignment - Best Practice EIA Critique (40%, 3,000 words, due late semester) develops an understanding of international best practice principles for EIA applied to institutional arrangements and based on a WA or international case study. The examination (30%) will be a two hour, closed-book exam.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor Environmental Science or Bachelor Marine Science or Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science or Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment or Master of Sustainable Development or Master of Public Policy and Management.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV520 Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management (GradCertEnvAsstMan)
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
ENV556
Dr Oliver Fritsch
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Policy, Law and Impact Assessment

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6125
e: Oliver.Fritsch@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.044A - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
ENV556

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Oliver Fritsch
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Policy, Law and Impact Assessment

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6125
e: Oliver.Fritsch@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.044A - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
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