ENVR08019 2019 EMS, EIA and Planning

General Details

Full Title
EMS, EIA and Planning
Transcript Title
EMS, EIA and Planning
Code
ENVR08019
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SENVI_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science
Description

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 Assessment Report (EIAR).

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Develop a methodology for carrying out an Environmental Review of a facility and selecting appropriate Environmental Objectives and Targets.

2.

Differentiate between the various components of an Environmental Management System.

3.

Set out what is required in relation to the submission of a Planning Application and explain how the Irish Planning System can assist in protecting the Environment.

4.

Explain the requirements of the EPA Guidelines for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR).

5.

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

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time (or part-time for online modules). This will include lectures, augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 50% Continuous Assessment and 50% Final Exam.

There are two separate MCQs worth 15% each.

There is one continuous assessment assignment (20%) (either individual or group) which will involve a critical review of sections of an EIAR or a Development Plan, Scientific Papers, Environmental Policy statements, methodologies for carrying out an Environmental Review, EMAS Environmental Statements and/or development of new Environmental Policies, Methodologies or Standard Operating Procedures.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Develop a methodology for carrying out an Environmental Review of a facility and selecting appropriate Environmental Objectives and Targets.

  • Review requirements of ISO 14001 and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme and guidelines in ISO 14004
  • Review scientific papers and sample methodologies/procedures
  • Develop an appropriate methodology for a particular scenario/organisation/sector

Differentiate between the various components of an Environmental Management System.

  • How to establish, implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system

Set out what is required in relation to the submission of a Planning Application and explain how the Irish Planning System can assist in protecting the Environment.

  • Exempted development and requirements for valid planning applications
  • Structure of the Irish Planning system and role of various organisations and the public
  • Planning Control, Planning Conditions and Planning Enforcement

Explain the requirements of the EPA Guidelines for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR).

  • Irish EPA Guidelines on the information to be contained in an EIAR
  • EU and Irish legislation relating to Environmental impact Assessment

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

  • Individual/Group Assignment requiring a critical review of sections of an EIAR or a Development Plan or a Scientific Paper

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 MCQ1 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 3 1,2
2 Individual/Group Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 10 1,4,5
3 MCQ2 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 12 3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
14001:2015 Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use ISO

Required Reading
14004 (2016), Environmental management systems General guidelines on implementation ISO

Required Reading
Guidelines on the Information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports. EPA

Recommended Reading
2016-04-14 The ISO 14001:2015 Implementation Handbook ASQ Quality Press
ISBN 9780873899291 ISBN-13 0873899296
Recommended Reading
2017-10-26 The ISO 14001:2015 Companion Advisera Expert Solutions Limited via PublishDrive
ISBN 9789538155161 ISBN-13 9538155165
Recommended Reading
2017-01-01 A Practical Field Guide for ISO 14001:2015 ASQ Quality Press
ISBN 9780873899635 ISBN-13 0873899636
Recommended Reading
2017-09-22 Winning The Environmental Challenge With ISO 14001:2015 Notion Press
ISBN 9781947697331 ISBN-13 1947697331

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

In addition to the required textbooks, relevant sections of other documents will be provided on the subject Moodle page such as:

  • European Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Regulations 
  • COMMISSION DECISION (EU) 2017/2285 of 6 December 2017 Amending the user's guide setting out the steps needed to participate in EMAS, under Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS)
  • Relevant scientific research papers and other publications related to Environmental Management Systems and Auditing

Selected sections from City or County Development Plans

Irish EPA (2017) Guidelines on the Information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports

Irish EPA (2015) Advise Notes on Current Practice in the Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements

Recent Irish Environmental Impact Assessment Reports.

Extracts from selected EU and Irish Guidance documents on EIA.

 

Journal Resources

None

URL Resources

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/pdf/factsheets/EMAS_revised_annexes.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/emas_publications/sectoral_reference_documents_en.htm

https://www.iso.org/iso-14001-environmental-management.html

Other Resources

Remote proctoring facilities required for Online students.

Additional Information

None