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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)G M Mudd/A Hoadley (Clayton); Poovarasi B. (Sunway)


This unit aims to develop an understanding of the role and basis for environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management systems (EMS). The unit focuses on the processes involved in producing an EIA or EMS, with a particular emphasis on synthesizing technical, regulatory and community issues. The unit aims to encourage students to integrate their existing knowledge in environmental engineering, applying it to real projects. Through lectures, practice classes, individual assignments and group project work, students should develop skills and knowledge in preparing major EIA and EMS reports, their presentation and communication as well as their engineering context.


The role of engineering in sustainable development; role of environmental impact assessment and environmental management systems in society; knowledge of relevant environmental legislation, policies, industry codes of practice and Australian or international standards; government, industry and community perspectives on engineering projects; key concepts of life cycle analysis, environmental auditing, waste prevention, cleaner production, community consultation, economic analysis, in engineering projects; types of environmental impact assessment and environmental management system methodologies; major report writing, team work and oral presentation skills; research skills; skills in synthesising environmental information.


Assignments: 65%
Examination (3 hours): 35%. Students must pass both examination and assignment components

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Gavin Mudd

Contact hours

2 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and 8 hours of private study per week


Must have passed 72 credit points


CIV3201, ENE3602, ENE3603