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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Fiona Hogan (Gippsland); Dr Charles Clarke (Sunway)


This unit examines the role of government, industry and other stakeholders in environmental management. It introduces, examines, explains, analyses and applies the salient features of environmental management systems, associated tools including environmental auditing and improvement plans, and environmental impact assessment to industry and industrial development. It is concerned with best practice environmental management in an industrial setting, including the power industry and the mining industry. In the area of application, case studies are drawn more generally from a range of industries.


On completion of the unit students will: appreciate the roles and responsibilities of government and the various governmental agencies in environmental matters; understand the purpose, role and structure of environmental management systems and be able to apply them in practical industrial settings; appreciate the role, value and limitations of environmental impact assessment and be able to apply this process; be able to critically examine and evaluate the effectiveness of an environment effects statement; have an appreciation of health and environmental effects from industrially-related activities; have an understanding of the procedures required to plan and manage environmental issues.


Major assignment (2,500 words): 25%
Minor assignment (1,000 words): 10%
Field activity participation and reports: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 45%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Fiona Hogan

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week, plus 1-2 site visits/fieldwork

Off-campus attendance requirements

OCL students undertake a non-compulsory 2-day residential school program


ENV1711 or ENV1800