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 formulate an Environmental Impact Study by assessing current practice in the field.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

18 units of credit

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 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online

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 10%
2. Portfolio 20%
3. Case Study 50%
4. Portfolio 20%

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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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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.
Feedback
A lecture format would be useful to clarify the learning material.
Recommendation
The re-introduction of lectures was not undertaken in 2018 because lecturer-centrist teaching material does not help a student-centric 'flip-the-classroom' learning paradigm based on tertiary education scholarly advice. However further comment from the 2018 student cohort indicates some lecturer guided learning content is desired. A more focused weekly learning material guide from the lecturer is envisaged.
Action Taken
A more extensive learning material guide was produced for 2019.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
The final paper task could have been better explained.
Recommendation
The task brief the term paper will be re-written.
Action Taken
The term paper task brief was re-written.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
The 'case study' assessment could be better positioned as the last, rather than the second-last assessment, to match a learning sequence.
Recommendation
The assessment regime will be re-ordered to make the case-study the last assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Move the material on cultural heritage from week 12 to an earlier week so that it is not glossed over by students busy with end-of-term assessment.
Recommendation
The current weekly learning content structure assigns the prescribe textbook chapter number to each week as a harmonising of learning material. In 2021 this reordering of weekly content can be considered when the textbook is phased out under CQU-Renews policy.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The online quizzes shoudl become assessible items so that (as student feedback admits) they actually get done..
Recommendation
The unit co-ordinator tends to use quizzes as formative rather than summative assessment. Given that the CQU-Renews policy will recommend no more than three assessment items per unit, the idea of making formative assessments count for marks is unlikely to progress.
Action Taken
Nil.
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. Review and apply the procedures for conducting an environmental impact assessment
  3. Assess the extent to which examples of environmental impact studies meet these concepts and practices.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Case Study
4 - Portfolio
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
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
3 - Case Study
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
4 - Portfolio