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Environmental Impact Assessment - ENV00057M

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Medio
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with the tools to combine science-based knowledge with business drivers for environmental management purposes. The module will be taught by an external environmental consultant on a case study basis. Students will be introduced to a variety of industry-based case studies dealing with trans-boundary issues, implications of national level regulations to business practise in different countries, and survey and monitoring plans. At the end of the module, students will be able to use the skills they have been taught to apply to real world scenarios.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Outline and discuss the principal factors influencing environmental management decisions (science, engineering, geopolitical and strategic realities, sustainable development, food security, etc.)
  • Describe and apply the basic framework of principles and practices that can be used to carry out good environmental impact assessments, accounting for climate change and associated impacts into the future
  • Demonstrate understanding of the multidisciplinary and trans-boundary nature of environmental management issues
  • Apply this knowledge to carry out environmental impact assessment through case studies and workshop exercises
  • Judge survey and monitoring plans, their limitations, and the need to strike a balance between what is suitable, feasible, cost effective etc.
  • Produce a case report which will: discuss the rationale for the work and provide comprehensive background; objectively report the methodology; discuss the results using tables and figures as appropriate; use relevant evidence and accurately reference


Task Length % of module mark
Case report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Case report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on summative assessment will be provided individually to students according to the standard turn around time (4 weeks)

The seminars will be highly discursive in nature so students will get continuous real-time feedback as they explore the topic.

Indicative reading

Environmental impact assessment : a methodological perspective - Richard K. Morgan

Marine protected areas : a multidisciplinary approach - Joachim Claudet

Strategic environmental assessment in action - Riki Therivel

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.