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GEOP8060 – Environmental Impact Assessment

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Sandie Suchet-Pearson
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Lecturer
Fiona Miller
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MEnv or MEnvEd or MEnvMgt or MEnvStud or MEnvPlan or MPlan or GradCertEnvPlan or MWldMgt or MPPP or MMarScMgt or MEnvLaw or GradDipEnv or MSusDev or GradCertSusDev or GradDipSusDev or GradCertSIA or GradDipSIA or MConsBiol or GradDipConsBiol or MDevStud or MPASRMDevStud or MPPPMDevStud or MSc in (Biodiversity Conversation or Remote Sensing and GIS or Environmental Health)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a central decision-making process in many planning systems, and sets the agenda for ongoing environmental management of developments. This unit will enhance students’ understandings of what EIAs are and how they are carried out in Australia and internationally. The unit will discuss formal government environmental impact assessment processes as well as the diverse ways in which non-government entities mobilise to assess environmental impacts. In particular, it will focus on how Indigenous peoples understand the environment and the multiple ways in which environment health and well-being is assessed and asserted through Indigenous governance and planning processes.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Critically evaluate Environmental Impact Statements from the perspective of different knowledge systems.
  • ULO2: Evaluate, and propose improvements to, the design of Environmental Impact Assessment systems for development projects
  • ULO3: Scope environmental impacts through the lens of Indigenous governance and planning processes
  • ULO4: Analyse the social justice implications of Environmental Impact Assessment processes adopted in different nations

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Submission Penalty

New Late penalty statement Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests etc.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online quizzes 15% No 9:00 13/8/2021; 01/10/2021; 22/10/2021
Review of an EIA 30% No 17:00 17/09/2021
Indigenous understandings of environmental health and well-being 55% No 17:00 05/11/2021

Online quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 9:00 13/8/2021; 01/10/2021; 22/10/2021
Weighting: 15%

 

3 online quizzes based on workshop preparation materials including lectures and readings

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate Environmental Impact Statements from the perspective of different knowledge systems.
  • Evaluate, and propose improvements to, the design of Environmental Impact Assessment systems for development projects
  • Scope environmental impacts through the lens of Indigenous governance and planning processes
  • Analyse the social justice implications of Environmental Impact Assessment processes adopted in different nations

Review of an EIA

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 17:00 17/09/2021
Weighting: 30%

 

Students will select an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to review. They will need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the EIA and recommend areas for improvement. 1500 words

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate Environmental Impact Statements from the perspective of different knowledge systems.
  • Evaluate, and propose improvements to, the design of Environmental Impact Assessment systems for development projects

Indigenous understandings of environmental health and well-being

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: 17:00 05/11/2021
Weighting: 55%

 

Focusing on a case study, students will discuss Indigenous understandings of environmental health and well-being and make a case for how these understandings should be recognised and valued in governance and planning systems. 3000 words

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate Environmental Impact Statements from the perspective of different knowledge systems.
  • Scope environmental impacts through the lens of Indigenous governance and planning processes
  • Analyse the social justice implications of Environmental Impact Assessment processes adopted in different nations

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

GEOP8060 will be delivered during 5 compulsory, full day (10am-4pm), face to face, on-campus workshops (weeks 1, 3, 6, 8, 11). There is no online alternative for these workshops. Students need to attend all 5 workshops to successfully complete the unit. If circumstances change due to COVID please see the iLearn website for instructions.

It is essential that you complete all the preparation activities prior to the workshop so you can full participate and contribute to workshop activities.

All learning material for this unit will be available via the iLearn website.

Technology used and required

Students need access to a computer and basic office software (eg. Microsoft Office or OpenOffice), and course web pages to complete assessment tasks.

Using the iLearn site

The Unit's iLearn site (available via https://ilearn.mq.edu.au) is fundamental to delivery of the Unit.  

Unit Schedule

Week 1, Fri 30 July

Workshop 1: What is Environmental Impact Assessment: history and context

Preparation tasks: none

 

Week 3, Fri 13 August

Workshop 2: Rethinking EIA

 

Preparation tasks:

See iLearn for preparation tasks

Quiz 1 (5%)

Quiz opens: 9am Friday 6 August

Quiz closes: 9am Friday 13 August

Week 6, Fri 3 Sept

Workshop 3: EIA in practice

Preparation tasks:

See iLearn for preparation tasks

 

Semester break

Report 1: Review of an EIA (30%)

Due 5pm Friday 17 September

Week 8, Fri 1 October

Workshop 4: Caring as Country

 

Preparation tasks:

See iLearn for preparation tasks

Quiz 2 (5%)

Quiz opens: 9am Friday 24 September

Quiz closes: 9am Friday 1 October

Week 11, Fri 22 October

Workshop 5: Reclaiming Indigenous planning

Preparation tasks:

See iLearn for preparation tasks

Quiz 3 (5%)

Quiz opens: 9am Friday 15 October

Quiz closes: 9am Friday 22 October

Week 13

 

 

Report 2: Indigenous understandings of environmental health and well-being (55%)

Due 5pm Friday 5 November

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