Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSustainability Environment and Society
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Ruth Lane


Previously coded ENV5030


This unit equips students with understanding of basic tools for environmental analysis and decision making for sustainability. It will look at a range of techniques for attributing value to the environment. These include environmental and social impact assessment, risk analysis, strategic and integrated assessment, life cycle analysis, state-of-environment reporting, modelling, auditing, monitoring and scenario building. Throughout, the dynamic interaction between scientists, policy makers and the broader community will be explored.


On successful completion of this unit at level 4 students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A capacity to describe and understand a variety of methods used to value the environment;
  2. Understanding of the complexity of analysing and presenting data to form the basis of decisions about the environment;
  3. Understanding and critical evaluation of the development and operation of the Environmental Impact Assessment process both nationally and internationally;
  4. Skills in applying a range of techniques to real world situations.


Written work including practical exercises and field report(5000 words): 80%
Group oral presentation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week


ENV422E or ENV522E Environmental Assessment