Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Integrated impact assessment can be broadly defined as the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the effects of development proposals prior to a decision being taken. It is a formal process for guiding human activity towards sustainable development. This decision-making tool is widely used in developed and developing countries. This course explores the practice and theory of impact assessment and public participation using a practice-based approach to learning through workshops, exercises and case studies to develop the skills needed for professional employment. In addition, the critical issues facing practitioners, decision makers and communities in relation to sustainability equitable forms of development and democratic environmental decision-making are addressed through Australian and international perspectives. This capstone course will equip students with skills, techniques and methods of impact assessment and public participation necessary for entry into environmental management professions.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

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 and local knowledge 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; local and Indigenous knowledge system 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

Quiz: Online Quizzes

In Term Test: Examination: Take Home

Presentation: Oral Presentation

Written Assignment: Research Report

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Field Study

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 6

2 hour fieldwork on a site on campus.


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1

Online workshop will run in weeks 1, 8, 11 and 12.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 2

4 x 2 hours allowing students to complete specific tasks related to the assignments. Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 9


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks starting in week 5

Workshops will run in weeks 5, 7 and 10.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.