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ENV3011 - Environmental analysis 2: decision making

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Mr Gerry Nagtzaam


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit deals with the processes by which the potential environmental consequences of development proposals are evaluated. These can be highly contentious because of the conflicting interests of different stakeholders. The subject will examine the nature of the widely-adopted procedure of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and formulation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). It will also examine decision-making tools such as integrated assessment and those based on economics, such as cost-benefit analysis. Practical insight into these processes will be provided through case studies, a field trip and critical evaluation of EIA documentation.


On completion of this unit students will be able to describe and understand a variety of methods used to value the environment, understand the development and operation of the Environmental Impact Assessment process both nationally and internationally, show familiarity with Commonwealth and State procedures for environmental Impact Assessment for projects, plans, and policies, critically review the EIS of a real development proposal, explore the nature of conflicts between environmental, social and economic interests associated with development of projects, plans, and policies understand participatory processes for environmental decision making


Critical appraisal of an EIS document (1000 words): 20%
Report on site visit (1000 words): 20%
Oral presentation (15 mins): 20%
Written examination (2 hours): 40%