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EVST19007 - Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to familiarise students with the basic concepts and procedures involved in the formulation, evaluation and assessment of environmental and social impact studies. Students will examine the methods by which physical and ecological processes are incorporated into political and other regulatory frameworks and how human impacts can be mitigated in the dynamic and increasingly important field of environmental and social impact assessment.

Details

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2016

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 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. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% 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.
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
In 2020 the case-study was the last assessment item.
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
Under CQURenews, the unit-lead will replace the textbook for the 2021 offering of EVST19007, allowing the change of Cultural Heritage learning material to an earlier week in the teaching term.
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
The unit-lead withdrew online quizzes from the formative assessment learning activities.
Source: Student feedback.
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.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Student feedback suggests that assessment submission timing needs fine-tuning to allow more time to complete assignments.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the basic principles and objectives which underlie the environmental and social impact assessment process.
  2. Identify some of the significant legal and administrative requirements that are associated with the impact assessment process.
  3. Summarise the procedures, findings and recommendations of environmental and social impact studies and critique such studies from the perspective of contemporary impact assessment theory and practice.
  4. Be able to contribute to the production and/or evaluation of impact assessment studies.
  5. Discuss some of the criticisms of the impact assessment process that have been put forward by both development-oriented interests and by conservation-oriented interests.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)