MSc Environmental Impact Assessment & Management / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Planning and Environmental Management|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course unit will provide practical experience of undertaking elements of the EIA process for a project based in the Greater Manchester area. It develops practical knowledge and skills in relation to project design and planning and undertaking environmental impact assessment.
Each group provides advice to a client organisation which has land holdings in the Greater Manchester area and seeks to take forward large scale mixed use development of a particular site.
Groups will be responsible for undertaking all necessary research to gather relevant materials, data, etc. about their site; a site visit will be arranged during Stage 1 to view the different sites.
The context for any proposals is the core strategy prepared by the relevant local authority which will guide the analysis of constraints relating to the site and potential alternatives for future development, followed by the environmental impact assessment of the alternative(s) identified
1. To provide students with practical experience in undertaking an environmental impact assessment (EIA).
2. To provide practical experience in site evaluation, project development and approaches to impact assessment.
3. To enable students to demonstrate the full range of their knowledge relevant to environmental planning issues set within a case study project.
4. To enable students to utilise fully the self-learning capabilities learnt during their programme and to demonstrate them in a student-led group project.
Teaching and learning methods
Introductory seminars for each stage, group tasks, site visit, discussions with practitioners, presentations from practitioners on related elements of EIA process, weekly drop-in sessions.
Knowledge and understanding
Critically appraise the key issues in implementing the EIA process;
Demonstrate a capability to solve environmental planning problems in a situation requiring both self-motivation and self-reliance
Be able to prepare written reports relating to the EIA process;
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Work in a professional team situation, within given time and resource constraints, in order to achieve an professional standard output
Stage 1: Report and presentation (group)
Length: 4000 words and 15 minutes
Stage 2: Presentation (group)
Length: 20 minutes
Stage 3 (group): Final report to client
Length: 7000-8000 words
Stage 3 (individual): Individual impact chapter(s)
Length: 800-1500 words
Formative feedback will be given verbally through Q&A and discussion within workshop sessions, and in weekly group drop-in sessions.
Specific formative feedback will be given on the Stage 1 report. Written summative feedback will be given on Stages 1 and 2 presentations, Stage 3 group report, and Stage 3 individual chapter(s).
Glasson, J., Therivel, R. and Chadwick, A. (2012) Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, 4th edition, Routledge, London.
Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment (2004) Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment, IEMA, Lincoln.
Therivel, R. and Wood, G. (2017) Methods of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, Routledge, 4th edition.
Various Environmental Statements held in Kantorowich Library, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building.
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|Carys Jones||Unit coordinator|
|Adam Barker||Unit coordinator|