ENE3608 - Environmental impact assessment and management systems - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Assoc Prof Xiwang Zhang (Clayton)

Dr Nagasundara Ramanan (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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 synthesising 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, teamwork and oral presentation skills; research skills; skills in synthesising environmental information.


Assignments: 65% + Examination (3 hours): 35%.

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)


Must have passed 72 credit points


CIV3201, ENE3602, ENE3603