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Module Code: ENV312
Module Title: Environmental Impact Assessment
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Health and Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should inform decision makers about the likely effects of specific activities or proposed developments on natural and man-made environments. It is designed to be a consultative and participatory process between scientists, environmental managers, developers, public bodies and government authorities, and it requires a wide range of skills and expertise to complete successfully. The goal of EIA is to identify likely impacts and possible measures to avoid, minimise or mitigate impacts at an early stage and thus improve the quality of both project planning and decision-making. This course will provide a background to the principles and practice of the EIA process and experience and skills training with realistic environmental impact scenarios.
Learning outcomes 
A Have an understanding of EIA legislation, regulation and applications in China and elsewhere, and be able to define EIA and describe the main stages of the traditional EIA process as well as emerging practices in EIA;

B Critically analyse the linkages between material consumption, human activities, impact mechanisms and the eventual environmental impacts of human activities.

C Apply a range of methods to various stages of the traditional EIA process and identify how impacts on specific environmental impacts may be assessed.

D Perform Assessments of Alternatives from a good practice EM framework, including technico-feasibility analysis.

E Apply EIA skills to the assessment of a proposed project, inclusive of all stages of the process and project management, and culminating in an EIA Report with conclusions and recommendations with reference to the proposed project.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures, tutorials and site visit.

*Should the University decide to cancel or postpone the field trip due to unforeseen environmental and/or political circumstances, the Department will either plan an appropriate substitute activity to meet the intended learning outcomes of the trip or make necessary arrangements to organise the trip at a later time, as appropriate.
1. EIA related legislation, regulation and application in China and elsewhere.

2. Traditional EIA - the project cycle.

3. Structure of a project-based EIA report.

4. EIA implementation with a detailed focus on screening, scoping, baseline, and impact studies and impact projections including techniques applicable to major recognized components of the environment as defined in EIA.

5. EIA Assessment of Alternatives.

6. EIA and planning.

7. Before and after EIA – EIA and compliance.

8. Issues and trends in EIA – issues relating to sustainability, failures of the project model, strategic EIA and EIA development/evolution.

9. Case studies: where and why has EIA been effective or failed to be effective?

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     12    5  107  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
2 Project 60.00
3 Project Management 40.00

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