This unit introduces legal, administrative, social and scientific aspects of environmental impact assessment using case studies. The unit emphasises the practical aspects of environmental impact assessment in Tasmanian contexts, but environmental impact assessment processes and legislation are similar in many parts of the world. Being able to navigate the Tasmanian system will translate well into be able to work in environmental impact assessment in other parts of Australia and internationally. The unit has a diverse enrolment from science, law, social science, engineering, surveying and other land management disciplines who bring their own disciplinary knowledge and skills to bear on complex socio-environmental problems. The unit is strongly work-integrated, with a significant emphasis on professional practice skills that will bridge from studies into the workplace.
|Unit name||Environmental Impact Assessment|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|
|Coordinator||Doctor Emma Little|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Explain how the environment is considered as part of the application process for a development assessed at local government level (council).
- Evaluate the environmental and social context for an environmental impact assessment of a project assessed at the state government level (Environmental Protection Authority).
- Assess the challenges around the system of environmental impact assessment in Australia for a particular issue or sector.
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1hr recorded lecture weekly; 2hrs preparation weekly; 2 hr workshop weekly that may include short walks from campus for on campus students; 1 x 3hrs independent learning on average per week (includes preparation of assignments)
|Assessment||Local case study (20%)|Position paper (40%)|Presentation (40%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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