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Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment (Nankai) DUMF5121

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with a thorough and comprehensive grounding in Environmental Impact Assessment. It will examine the major theoretical approaches to the study of environmental impact. Particular attention will be paid to methods and technologies.


16 * 2 hour sessions

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Nankai JGS Environmental Science programme.

Excluded Courses





Summative Assessment

■ Coursework in the form of an essay 3,000 words in length (50% of grade)

■ A written exam to be convened in class (50% of grade)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

1. To introduce basic theory, methods and the latest technology guidelines & requirements in environmental impact analysis;

2. To introduce construction project environmental impact assessment regulations and systems, technical requirements and prospects in China;

3. To develop skills in construction project environmental impact assessment;

4. With the use of case studies, to develop the flexible application of knowledge related to evaluation and planning;

To develop practical skills in writing construction project Environmental Impact Assessment documents.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

- Explain the theory, methods and requirements of environmental impact analysis

- Explain the current status of EA in different contexts;

- Apply the instruments of EA to analysis of a project, plan or policy;

- Critically assess environmental impact assessment documents;

- Conduct research on EA.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.