General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_K08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SENVI_K08 201400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours)

This Module introduces the concepts of environmental management, and explores in detail the specific requirements of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and ISO 14001 in relation to the planning and implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS). The module also introduces the main requirements in relation to Planning Applications in Ireland and the issues that must be addressed in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain how to carry out an Environmental Review of a facility and select appropriate environmental Objectives and Targets.


Identify and explain the various components of an Environmental Management System (EMS).


Explain how to plan and carry out an Environmental Audit.


Explain what is required in relation to the submission of a Planning Application.


Explain the requirements of the EPA Guidelines for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Carry out a Critical Review of an EIS/Development Plan/Planning Report/Planning Permission.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed using a combination of an end of semester final exam (50%) and continuous assessments (50%).

The first element of the continuous assessment will involve a number of short question assessments (total of 10%) to provide feedback to students on progress with their understanding of the subject.

The second element of the continuous assessment (20%) will involve the application of the theory to practical tasks such as reviewing environmental policy statements and/or carrying out an environmental review of a small facility such as a dwelling or part of a workplace.

The third element of the continuous assessment (20%) will involve the a review of documents available in the public domain such as planning files, development plans or environmental impact ststements.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

How to establish, implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system (EMS) in accordance with the specific requirements of ISO 14001 and the guidelines in ISO14004.

The additional requirements over ISO14001 in implementing an EMS in accordance with the requirements of the European Eco-Management & Audit Scheme (EMAS) and associated Guidance Documents.

How to establish an audit programme, carry out an environmental audit and follow up after an audit as set out in the ISO 19011 Standard for Environmental Auditing.

How to assess an Environmental Policy, carry out an Environmental Review of an activity/site/organisation and prepare for a Management Review of an EMS.

The main requirements of the Irish Planning system, including the documentation required for a valid planning application and the role of the planning system in protecting the environment.

How to critically review an EIS for a project to assess the level of compliance with Irish EPA EIS Guidelines

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 In-class Discussions / Debates, Q & A Sessions and Team Based Assignments Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Continuous Assessment Short question assessments Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Assignment Review of Environmental Policies or Environmental Review of small facility Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2
4 Assignment Critical review of Planning Files or an EIS Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture/Guided Discussion 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self-study, research, reading and reflection 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

ISO 14001: 2004, Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use.

ISO 14004: 2010, Environmental management systems - General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques.

ISO 19011: 2011, Guidelines for auditing management systems.

Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS)

Selected sections from Irish Planning Acts and Regulations

Selected sections from City or County Development Plans

Irish EPA (2002) Guidelines on the Information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements

Irish EPA (2003) Advise Notes on Current Practice in the Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements

Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment

Recent Irish Environmental Impact Statements

Extracts from selected EU and Irish Guidance documents on EIA


Other Resources


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