Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 Hours. x 1 hour
Other Case Study. 4 x 3 hours
Seminars / Tutorials 11 Hours. Seminar. x 1 hour by external lecturers


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Students will be required to prepare a short write up of their review of an EIS.  40%
Semester Assessment Essay: 3,000 Words  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:


To make students aware of the need for EIA and the practical instruments that have been put in place around the world to achieve its objectives.

On completion of the course, students should be able to design an EIA system which incorporates the key elements of the EIA process. In addition, students should be able to identify the appropriate resources needed for a particular EIA and to manage that project on time and with an understanding of budgetary constraints


A brief historical review will indicate the range of environmental problems that arise when projects are undertaken without being subject to EIA and indicate where EIA fits within the overall environmental management framework. The nature of the EIA process will be reviewed and its individual components will be analysed in detail. These include scoping, screening, the production of the EIS and review. The role of the project co-ordinator in EIA will be discussed in detail along with an analysis of the importance of public participation. Finally, the procedures that have been adopted around the world to give effect to the EIA process will be discussed.

1. EIA in the context of Environmental Management
2. The need for EIA
3. The EIA process.
4. Screening
5. Scoping
6. EIA methods I
7. EIA methods II
8. The EIS
9. Data in EIA
10 EIS Review
11. Post Project Appraisal
12. Public participation
13. Project management I
14. Project Mnanagement II
15. NEPA & the mini NEPAs
16. UK procedures
17. Canadian EIA & Participator Funding
18. Implementing the Directive in the EU
19. Malaysian procedures
20. Future developments

External speakers provide an important input into the module, discussing how EIA fits into their particular area of work. External seminars are given on a weekly basis and their contributions are considered examinable.

Case Studies

Midshires - data requirements in environmental management Review of an EIS
Screening - decision making about the need for an EIS
Scoping - drawing up Terms of Reference for an EIA

Reading List

Glasson, J., Therivel,R. and Chadwick, A. (1995) An Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment UCL Press, London Primo search Wathern P. (ed) (1994) Environmental Impact Assessment: Theory and Practice Routledge, London Primo search Wood, C. (1995) Environmental Impact Assessment: A Comparative Review Longman, Harlow, Essex. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7