The Module is designed to provide a critical overview of the theory and practice of EIA as operated internationally to those students who need to understand EIA: this includes formal students being graduate and postgraduate students, plus practitioners/professionals.
Within this framework there are opportunities to customise the material to reflect local jurisdictional procedures and issues.
The Module covers the:
- purpose and aims of EIA;
- EIA administration and practice;
- concept of associated assessment processes;
- key elements of the EIA process;
- undertaking an EIA;
- role of public participation;
- stages that follow EIA;
- the costs and benefits of undertaking EIA; and
- understanding of the strengths and limitations of EIA.
The aim of the Module is to provide understanding of EIA and confidence with its application and limitations. Broadly the objectives are for students to:
- appreciate the purpose and role of EIA in the decision-making process;
- understand the strengths of EIA in regard to environmental management;
- understand the technical and social/political limitations of EIA;
- know the administration and procedures that apply in the student’s jurisdiction;
- understand the screening process;
- understand the scoping process and how it is applied;
- know the options for estimating environmental and social impacts;
- know the format of an EIA Report (Environmental Impact Statement, or Environmental Statement);
- appreciate the factors that assist, and detract, from the usefulness of the EIA Report;
- understand the purpose of developing follow-up procedures, and the options for designing these procedures.
The learning that students will achieve will come from the structured materials that form the basis of the Module, the self-administered questions that are contained within the Modules’ Sections, and the assignments that are specified at certain points in the Module.