Integrated Impact Assessment

Course code ENVS3001Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course introduces students to the practice and theory of impact assessment and public participation. The course takes a practice-based approach to learning through workshops, exercises and case studies so that students develop the skills needed for professional employment. It also addresses critical issues facing practitioners, decision makers and communities in relation to sustainability, more equitable forms of development and democratic environmental decision making. This course considers techniques and methods of social and environmental impact assessment and public participation. Both Australian and international perspectives are included.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn the successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. An understanding of the evolution of environmental and social impact assessment philosophies and procedures;
2. An understanding of the purpose and processes of impact assessment;
3. An understanding of the purpose and practices of public participation in the impact assessment process;
4. An ability to critically analyse the broader context of impact assessment and public participation in relation to democracy, difference, justice and knowledge systems;
5. An ability to work effectively and productively as part of a group;
6. Practical skills in impact assessment and public participation;
7. Demonstrated skills in critical thinking, written and verbal presentation, and group work.
Content- Context of impact assessment in relation to environmental decision making and sustainability;
- Historical background and contemporary approaches to impact assessment;
- Impact assessment methodologies, including social impact assessment;
- Professional practice, including team work, project management, report writing, public participation;
- Knowledge and skills necessary to undertake impact assessment and public participation;
- Issues and critiques relating to the theory and practice of impact assessment and public participation;
- Examples and case studies of impact assessment and public participation in different contexts.
Replacing Course(s)EMGT3110 - Integrated Impact Assessment
SRMT3020 - Social Impact Assessment
TransitionNot to count with credit for EMGT3110 or SRMT3020.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeENVS1002 Environmental Concepts I
ENVS2001 Environmental Concepts II
ENVS2002 Environmental Legislation & Planning
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsIncluding group assignments; individual assignments
Examination: Take Home
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENVS3001