Environmental Impact Assessment

Description

This course is designed to introduce students to environmental impact assessment and to provide theoretical and practical education in this field. The focus is on the rationale and methodology of integrated environmental impact assessment (EIA), including consideration of the relevant bio-physical, social, cultural, economic and human health aspects of development proposals, programs and policies. Included are aspects of tendering for and budgeting of, EIA projects. Workshops and case studies will illustrate aspects of EIA in practice.

Availability

UoN Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)

Learning Outcomes

1. To critically examine assumptions inherent in impact assessment.

2. To develop skills in identifying and solving problems.

3. To provide students with an understanding of the historical evolution of impact assessment in selected parts of the world.

4. To provide students with the knowledge and professional skills necessary to enable them to undertake environmental impact assessment.

5. To examine a range of environmental impact assessments.

6. To identify and explore impact assessment fields and approaches.

7. To familiarise students with a variety of professional tools used in predicting environmental impacts.

8. To enable students to develop skills in critical thinking and professional procedures through various forms of oral and written presentation and individual and group work.

9. To encourage students to develop their own perspectives on impact assessment and to be able to relate this to other subject areas and to their wider understanding.

Content

This course will enable students to develop their knowledge and skills in impact assessment, so that they understand the procedures that must be completed in the integrated environmental assessment process. Students will be encouraged to develop their own perspective on impact assessment and to be able to relate it to other courses and to their wider understanding. Topics will include:
 

  1. Critical examination of the assumptions in impact assessment;
  2. Historical evolution of impact assessment in selected parts of the world, with particular emphasis on Singapore;
  3. Practical exercises to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enable them to undertake environmental impact assessment;
  4. A range of examples of environmental impact assessments, so that students can explore a range of approaches;
  5. Skills in critical thinking, using various forms of oral and written presentation, and individual and group work.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety program.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Mid-Term Test

Report: Group Assignment

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 40 hour(s) per Term

Contact hours are not regular or on a weekly basis, since delivery will take place on some week-ends and evenings, ie, there will be some intensive block teaching. Total face to face contact will be 40 hours.