Module Details

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Title ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF POLICIES, PLANS, PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS
Code ENVS329
Coordinator Professor TB Fischer
Geography and Planning
Fischer@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

This module provides for a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of strategic environmental assessment of policies, plans and programmes and of environmental impact assessment of projects.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) 1. Understand why and how EIA and SEA are important to further an environmentally sustainable development and influence policy/practice;

(LO2) 2. Have a clear understanding of SEA and EIA requirements and practices;

(LO3) 3. Know how to collect, analyse and report environmental information and data in SEA and EIA;

(LO4) 4. Be able to analyse environmental problems effectively and choose suitable assessment tools, methods and techniques;

(LO5) 5. Be able to communicate effectively in (and on) SEA and EIA processes.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) International awareness


Syllabus

 

Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Definitions, purpose, sustainable development, requirements, guidelines.
Environmental processes and problems Natural cycles, environmental pressures, problems and opportunities.
EIA and SEA screening and scoping Threshold versus case-by-case screening, scoping in and out of issues and alternatives to be considered.
Assessment techniques and methods checklists, matrices, overlays, networks, MCA, CBA, ecosystem services and others.
Inclusion of assessment results in decision making Decision making theory and practice, integration of different substantive aspects and processes.
Reviews of environmental assessment documentation Introducing and reviewing environmental impact statements of projects and environmental reports of policies, plans and programmes.
Consultation and participation Role of consultation and (public) participation; requirements and practices.
Monitoring and follow-up monitoring of conformance and performance of SEAs and EIAs.
SEA and EIA effectiveness Empirical evidence, barriers and enablers.
Guest lecture of a practitioner engaging with the real world.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Recorded Lectures
Description: Lectures exploring the key theories and practices of environmental assessment
Attendance Recorded: No
Teaching Method 2 - Tutorials
Description: Tutorials on the themes of recorded lectures
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 24

  12

      36
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 114
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Final exam, 90 minutes, covering the whole course. There is a resit opportunity.  90 minutes    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1 Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :First  2000-3000 words    50       

Recommended Texts

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