APG5426 - Environmental analysis - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Human Geography


Dr Alfonso Martinez Arranz

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Evening)


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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ENV422E or ENV522E Environmental Assessment