Environmental Impact Assessment

Subject 121-532 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lecture (2hrs) 1 x weekly, Tutorial (2hrs) 1 x weekly for 6 weeks of semester
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to Office for Environmental Programmes postgraduate programs, Development Studies postgraduate programs, Planning degrees, Fourth Year Honours in Environmental Studies, or by permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Barbara Downes
Subject Overview:

This subject prepares students for environmental management roles by providing them with the principles of how human impacts on the environment might be detected and managed. The principles will be placed within the legal and social contexts of environmental impact ASSESS. At the completion of the subject, students should understand three aspects: prediction of the kind of changes that might occur with human activities; the design and implementation of proper monitoring programs that can detect changes; and ASSESS of those changes. Additionally, a strong emphasis is placed on the practical implementation of principles using a field based approach.

  • To ensure students understand processes of environmental impact assessment
  • To ensure students are able to critique effectively documents related to an EIA, such as Environmental Effects Statements

4th year students - Essay 1500 words (30%) due mid-semester, in-class quiz at end of semester (15%), oral presentation (5%) at end of semester, and a written report 2500 words due after the end of semester (50%). Masters - Essay 1500 words (30%) due mid-semester, in-class quiz at end of semester (15%), oral presentation (5%) at end of semester, and a written report 3500 words due after the end of semester (50%).

Prescribed Texts: Downes, B.J. et al. (2002) Monitoring Ecological Impacts: Concepts and Practice in Flowing Waters. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Understand critical theories of environmental impact assessment

  • Be able to critique environmental impact statements effectively

  • Be able to apply knowledge to new situations.

Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Master of Urban Planning
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: R05 PE Master of Science (Environmental Science)
R05 RA Master of Science - Geography (not offered until 2010)

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