The aim of the unit is to give the students a good understanding of how EIA is implemented and practised in the UK and other countries around the world.
After successfully completing the unit students should be able to manage an EIA, and identify the most appropriate methodology to use when carrying out all of the different stages of an EIA. They should also be able to: interpret the findings that are made; identify when an environmental statement has been properly prepared; and understand the role of the statement in the decision making process.
This distance learning unit develops skills in self study and written expression.
History and development of EIA; existing situation in EU, UK and world wide; methods which have been developed for EIA and their application, the stages and requirements of the EIA process, integration with IPPC and new developments such as in strategic environmental assessment (SEA).