MSc Environmental Impact Assessment & Management / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Appraisal and Auditing
|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|
• Outline and overview - distribution and explanation of problem based exercises.
• Methods for appraisal
o Cost-benefit analysis, social impact assessment, health impact assessment
o Integrating appraisal methods
• Environmental Auditing:
o audit types
o objectives and benefits
o conducting the audit
o case studies
o risk auditing
• Environmental Management Systems
o EMS planning and structure
o application and links to other environmental tools
1. To evaluate a current assessment and appraisal tools and their relationships to one another.
2. To develop a critical understanding of the uses and limitations of the main methods of socio-economic appraisal.
3. To review the various types of environmental audit in the context of other environmental management tools.
4. To understand the techniques, skills and indicators used by environmental auditors.
Teaching and learning methods
Appraisal: problem based learning, workshops, student presentations.
Auditing: lectures, workshops
Knowledge and understanding
demonstrate an understanding of the main methods of socio-economic appraisal, their application and relationships with other assessment methods;
indicate understanding of the basic concepts involved with the implementation of formalised environmental management systems and their application.
show a clear understanding of the process of conducting an environmental audit and appreciate some of the main audit criteria;
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Write reports; Prepare and deliver presentations; Work effectively in teams
Task 1: Individual appraisal report
Length: 2000 words
Task 2: Individual audit strategy and management plan
Length: 2000 words
Formative feedback will be given verbally through Q&A and discussion within lecture/workshop sessions, together with written comments as appropriate, and through the Blackboard Discussion Boards.
Written summative feedback will be given on the appraisal report and audit strategy and plan.
Barton, H. and Bruder, N. (1995) A Guide to Local Environmental Auditing Earthscan, London.
Becker, H. and Vanclay, F. (eds.) (2003) The International Handbook of Social Impact Assessment: Conceptual and Methodological Advances Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham.
Edwards-Jones, G., Davies, B. and Hussain, S. (2000) Ecological Economics: an Introduction Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Hanley, N., Shogren, J. and White, B (2007) Introduction to Environmental Economics Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Hoggart, C. (2001) Environmental Auditing for the Non-specialist. Chandos, Oxford.
Perman, R., Yue Ma, McGilvray, J. and Common, M. (2003) Natural Resource and Environmental Economics 3rd Edition, Pearson Education, Harlow.
Sheldon, C. and Yoxon, M. (2006) Environmental Management Systems, EarthScan, London.
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|Ian Mell||Unit coordinator|