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Module

ACE3080 : Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To teach a systematic approach to environmental impact assessment as a component of the development planning processes. The module provides guidance in the preparation of environmental impact assessment and in the evaluation of environmental impact statement prepared by others. It also provides practice in team working and in preparation of a technical report.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment
2. Screening & scoping procedures
3. Baseline assessment techniques
4. Impact prediction
5. Impact evaluation
6. Mitigation techniques
7. Strategic environmental assessment
8. Stakeholder analysis
9. Seminar discussions on case studies
10. Seminar discussions on team working and peer assessment

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials121:0012:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE each week.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Online - Take home exam 50%
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00group work EIA report (50%)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion43:0012:00Online tutorial quiz via Canvas (0%) formative
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork35:0015:00PiP/online virtual- Students will be present in fieldtrip sessions sem2 (virtual trip alternative)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Online/PiP - sem2 group report before submission 15min per group
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study590:3029:30Writing up lecture notes and related reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk10:300:30Online - a short online session given by a lecturer introducing topics
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation162:0032:00Module lecturer will give students relevant reading for module topics throughout the semesters
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Student contact time comprises a combination of lectures, small group teaching and field classes. Lectures deliver information on principles of EIA. Small group teaching provides practice through interactive activities which develop understanding and skills. Team leadership and facilitation skills are introduced in a small teaching group at the beginning of the group work with some reminder and consolidation of teamworking skills. The group work allows the practice and further development and self-assessment of these skills. Field classes provide practice in different aspects of environmental assessment required for the group project.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M50Report on group project with a peer assessment
Computer assessment1M50Take home assessment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report2MScoping report for case study up to 1000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Online assessment tests knowledge and understanding across the full module content. Breadth is assessed through part 1 which contains true/false and short answer questions. Depth is assessed through part 2 in which students answer one essay question.

Group project tests critical ability, insight and written presentation. Work in a group reflects professional practice and reduces the writing burden. Peer assessment is used to discriminate individual contributions. The report evaluating the group project will require each student to provide a written report providing a reflective assessment of the team working during the project in the light of the literature.

Reading Lists

Timetable