The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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. Both Australian and international perspectives are included. This capstone course will equip students with skills, techniques and methods of impact assessment and public participation necessary for entry into environmental management professions.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the history behind and approaches to integrated impact assessment and sustainability;

2. Conduct, plan and review environmental and social impact assessments;

3. Work in a group to produce a professional report;

4. Identify and analyse the role of public participation in impact assessment;

5. Analyse and interpret literature and communicate findings in written and verbal formats.


  •          Historical background and contemporary approaches to integrated impact assessment and sustainability;
  •          Environmental and social impact assessment methodologies and practices;
  •          Professional practice, including team work,  impact assessment report writing and evaluating quality of impact               assessment reports;
  •          Role of public participation in integrated impact assessment;
  •          Issues and critiques relating to the theory and practice of impact assessment, environmental impact statements           and public participation;
  •          Examples and case studies of impact assessment and public participation in different contexts.


This course replaces EMGTT3110. If you have successfully completed EMGT3110 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ENVS2002 Environmental Legislation and Planning

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays

In Term Test: Examination: Take Home

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group/workshop participation and contribution/oral presentation

Written Assignment: Research Report

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term