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 introduces 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.
|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 Pharo|
|Teaching staff||Doctor David (Dave) Kendal|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Explain how the environment is considered as part of the development application process for projects ranging from local to state significance.
- Evaluate a range of information (legal, environmental, social and scientific) about a development and the EIA process into recommendations that protect natural and social values.
- Critique the EIA process in Australia using a Tasmanian case study.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR 25 credit points at intermediate level
|Assessment||Report - Development Application (30%)|Case Study (30%)|Online assessment (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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