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EV5002 - Environmental Impact Assessment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

This subject reviews the development, design and implementation of ecological and social impact assessments. It examines the political and legal framework for impact assessment and the range of procedures and techniques that can be applied to determine the impact of major developments.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to distinguish the components of environmental impact assessment and what part they can play in the overall process;
  • be able to recognise good and bad practices in scoping. impact assessment and prediction, public participation and monitoring studies in environmental impact assessment;
  • have improved skills at working as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • know what environmental impact assessment is, how it is currently applied to aid decision-making and how it could be applied to aid decision-making.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.


Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Miriam Goosem.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: quizzes or tests (50%); on-course assessment (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Emma Gyuris.
Workload expectations:
  • 17 hours lectures
  • 5 hours tutorials
  • 48 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - team work
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); on-course assessment (60%).

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