EVST19007 - Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Human activity and development impact the natural environment. To what extent then, can the associated issues be reviewed and mitigated? The answers to such questions are often evaluated in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). In this unit, you will become familiar with the enabling concepts behind EIAs. You will evaluate an industry Environmental Impact Study by assessing current practice in the field.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 20%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Case Study 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30.43% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback.
Some 15% of student feedback responses sought the return of formal lectures and tutorials to the learning content. Some of the suggestions concern the amount of textbased learning material – and some concerns the visibility of the lecturer to students.
The student feedback suggests that environmental legislation learning material can be dry – the unit-lead will create more audiovisual-enhanced learning material for students who prefer an audio-based learning mechanism. While generally, tertiary sector education is moving away from formal lectures, the unit-lead will create more short guiding videos in the learning material.
Action Taken
Some improvements have been made and more work to make learning content engaging is underway.
Source: Student feedback.
Student feedback suggests that assessment submission timing needs fine-tuning to allow more time to complete assignments.
The unit lead will rearrange assessment submission timing to allow more time to complete the assignments. The reduction of unit assessments from four to three items will allow extra time for assignment completion.
Action Taken
Assessment timing fine-tuning was undertaken
Source: Student feedback.
Student feedback in 2021 indicated the learning design was valued but the last assessment task description could be less confusing.
Clarify assessment number three.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the concepts that underpin an environmental impact assessment
  2. Apply environmental policy, legislation and current procedures for conducting an environmental impact assessment
  3. Assess an industry Environmental Impact Statement against current and emerging environmental impact assessment concepts and practices.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Case Study
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
3 - Case Study
2 - Portfolio
1 - Portfolio