Minor in Environmental Management


EM9106 Environmental Impact Assessment

[Lecture: 39 hrs; Tutorial: 0 hr; Lab: 0 hr;  Pre-requisite: Year 3 Standing; Academic Unit: 3]

Learning Objective :

To provide an understanding of the basic principles of an EIA, the causes of impacts and the use of a formal EIA. The student will be exposed to EIA concepts and methodologies that cover social, engineering and economic issues. It is intended that the student would be able, after attending the course, to attempt a simplified version of an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS.

Course Content :

Environment systems; direct and indirect impacts; impact assessment and analysis; planning tools; assessment methodologies; water, air, noise, social and economic impacts and planning issues; management of impacts; assessment indices and reports; environmental legislations; EIA project.

Course Outline :




Background and introduction to Environmental systems and the EIA process.


Basic information on impacts, types and characteristics. Direct and indirect impacts. Some examples: atmospheric; water; and other environments. Constraints and benefits of an EIA.


Screening and Scoping methods for an EIA. Use of checklists and matrices. Networks, overlay mapping and other methodologies.


Introduction to methods for assessment of socio-economic impacts and other important systems such as ecosystem, water, air and noise environment.


Essential features of an EIA report. Preparing and evaluating an EIS.


EIA legislations, trends and application.


A simple attempt at an EIA project.

Learning Outcome :

Students will gain basic knowledge and understanding of the role of EIA in environmental management for sustainable development. Students will be familiar with the undertaking and preparation of EIA studies and reports. Students will also gain a critical appreciation of the strength and limitation of EIA as well as appreciation of the technical and social-economical impacts on the quality of the EIA report.

Textbooks & References:

  1. Canter, Larry W. “ Environmental Impact Assessment” 1996 McGraw-Hill, 2nd Edition
  2. United Nation University, UNEP, RMIT Environmental Impact Assessment – Open Education Resources module