Environmental Impact Assessment

Subject EVSC90015 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

7 hours per week plus 36 hours of contact time over the semester

Prerequisites: Admission to a postgraduate coursework program or fourth year or honours in environmental studies, environmental science, resource management, geography, environmental engineering, planning, development studies or by permission of the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Prof Barbara Downes


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Email: 13MELB@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Coordinator: barbarad@unimelb.edu.au

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 assessment. 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 assessment of those changes. Additionally, a strong emphasis is placed on the practical implementation of principles.

  • 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.

Notes: 4th year and postgraduate
Related Course(s): Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Science (Geography)
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Climate Change
Conservation, Restoration and Landscape Management
Development Studies
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Studies
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Waste Management

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