EM512 Environmental Impact Assessment

Updated: 24 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
23 April 2019 25 April 2019 Mandatory On campus and online students must attend the three-day mandatory intensive school in April.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM312

On campus and online students must attend the three-day mandatory intensive school in April. At this school students will conduct practical exercises and attend a field trip to apply Environmental Impact Assessment principles. All seminars will be made available on the EM312 website as audio podcasts. It is expected that on campus and online students will access and utilise these podcasts. On-campus students will attend a combined weekly seminar, some of which are presented by guest lecturers who are recognised specialists in their topic.

Combined Units EM312 - Environmental Impact Assessment
Coordinator(s) Lisa Lobry De Bruyn (llobryde@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit deals with environmental impact assessment in the planning and management of Australia's natural resources. Topics covered include: concepts and philosophy of impact assessment; policy, legislation and administration at the local, state and federal government level; methods and techniques for impact assessment; impact assessment in mining and processing, water resources, nature conservation and biodiversity, agriculture, and infrastructure development associated with such activities. The practical work will deal with the preparation and review of environment impact statements for resource development. The 500-level unit is based on the undergraduate level unit with an additional assessment to facilitate the demonstration of a greater level of understanding of the undergraduate material.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Environmental Impact Assessment in Australia

ISBN: 9781862879454
Thomas, I. and Elliott, M., Federation Press 6th ed. 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Mid-Trimester Quiz 20% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4

Compulsory Practical Book 25% 3500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Quizzes 10% 500
Assessment Notes

2 x quizzes @ 5% each

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 45%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the concepts and philosophies for environmental impact assessment (EIA) and discuss in detail, using verbal and written formats, how they are applied in the Australian context at local, state and federal government levels;
  2. analyse in depth, identify and critically evaluate methods and techniques for EIA and understand how they are applied to major natural resource sectors and communicate this information to a specialist and non-specialist audience;
  3. apply the EIA requirements to critically analyse and evaluate the quality of an industry standard Environmental Impact Statement and interpret and transmit the outcomes to others in verbal and written forms;
  4. critically evaluate, reflect on and synthesise complex information, including problems and theories, to critique the strengths and weaknesses of EIA; and
  5. research and apply established theories to identify and project a range of future trends in the use and application of EIA.