Environmental Impact Assessment

Course code ENVS3610Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

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.

Available in 2014

UoN SingaporeTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005
ObjectivesOn completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Understand the evolution of environmental impact assessment philosophy and procedures;
2. Understand the purposes of impact assessment;
3. Formulate and argue reasoned beliefs on changes, if any, which in their view may improve the impact assessment process;
4. Understand impact assessment processes;
5. Demonstrate practical skills in completing an environmental impact assessment;
6. Demonstrate development in critical thinking, written and verbal presentation skills.
ContentThis 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.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Field Study
Lecture
Experience Based Learning
Forums
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursIntegrated Learning: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ENVS3610