Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lectures
Other Case Study. 5 x 3 hours
Seminars / Tutorials 11 x 1 hour seminars.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment EIS Review  20%
Semester Assessment SEA scoping study  30%
Semester Assessment Essay: 3,000 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Effectively communicate knowledge about the key issues relating to the theory and practice of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Understand how EIA integrates into environmental management and the legislative requirements for the UK, the EU and beyond.

Appreciate the value of an environmental impact statement (EIS) as a tool for making decisions on any development that has environmental implications.

Apply their knowledge in the above to produce a scoping report that thoroughly explores the environmental impacts of any particular development.

Brief description

This module will provide student with a broad Masters level understanding about the development of, theory and range of practices employed in current Environmental Impact Assessment.


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.

Syllabus (this may alter)
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

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Basic numeracy will be required in some of the assessment but it will be central to the process of learning.
Communication Communication through reports, essays and written assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance The majority of students engaged on this module will find new ways of thinking and learning via the EIA approach.
Personal Development and Career planning This module represents and essential tool to all students that want to engage in future environmental managements.
Problem solving The EIA process is one of problem finding that uses a logical process to identify solutions.
Research skills The students will be expected to explore case studies through research and use them in their assignments
Team work Through group work the students will collectively assess case studies and explore the role of EIA with environmental management.


This module is at CQFW Level 7