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This interdisciplinary unit is available as an elective and is suitable for students with backgrounds including (but not limited to) Science, English, Government, History, Law, Management, Psychology and/or Sociology.


This unit provides an introduction to legal, administrative, social and scientific aspects of environmental impact assessment (EIA) using case studies. The unit emphasises the practical aspects of environmental impact assessment in Tasmanian contexts, but EIA 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 EIA 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.

Summary 2020

Unit name Environmental Impact Assessment
Unit code KGA381
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Dr Emma Pharo

Teaching staff

Dr Dave Kendal

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes


Apply environmental knowledge and EIA process to case studies in order to make recommendations about environmental outcomes.


Analyse the social-political context of environmental impact assessment in order to advise on stakeholder management.


Evaluate self, team and project management tools (such as risk assessment) for EIA case studies in order to actively manage projects in a complex and multidisciplinary environment.




Admission into a Masters course OR 25 credit points at intermediate level


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hr workshop weekly; 4 hour field trip; 20 hours of flexibly delivered practicals


AT1 Report 30%

AT2 Case study 30%

AT3 Case study 40%

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