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ENVI3888: Environmental Impact Assessment Project

Understanding and being able to undertake Environmental Assessment is a challenge for graduates of many academic disciplines. This unit will investigate the history, strengths, weaknesses and potential of various forms of environmental assessment through an integrated project that enables students to build on their disciplinary knowledge, work in cross-disciplinary teams and develop an interdisciplinary approach and knowledge. You will learn the methods of environmental assessment, and to understand critically the theory and practice of Environmental Assessment from both positive (scientific) and normative (value) perspectives. The positive perspective will focus on the scientific aspects of the assessment process, the quality of science in Environmental Assessment, mitigation measures. By doing this unit, you will develop teamwork skills, decision-making skills, research and communication skills and a knowledge of environmental assessment relevant for future employment. There will also be involvement from organisations that are potential employers of graduates from this major.

Code ENVI3888
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOS2X21 or ENVI2X22
ENVI3112 or ENVI3912

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in environmental assessment
  • LO2. understand the history and forms of environmental assessment
  • LO3. apply the basic concepts to a group-work, project based assessment exercise
  • LO4. critically evaluate existing literature and assessment processes
  • LO5. engage in group-work and decision-making to review an environmental assessment
  • LO6. find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance
  • LO7. create a report that synthesises knowledge and critique of an environmental assessment
  • LO8. communicate the group's knowledge in an accessible format for a general audience
  • LO9. Understand and be able to communicate the subject area of Environmental Studies.