General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Margaret Savage, Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_M09 201300 Master of Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVP_O09 201400 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Science in Environmental Protection

In this module, the participant focuses on a small number of topic areas from a selection, mainly in an Irish context.

Each participant will be encouraged to critically review and provide personal comment on the strengths and limitations of topical environmental management, policy, regulatory and other fiscal/non fiscal interventions, strategies and approaches. He/she will also consider issues that might influence environmental decision making, such as economic, social and political pressures, limitations of personnel and resources, and the implications of such influences as rhetoric, bias and competing interests. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Reflect on and identify his/her own learning, identify information gaps and propose a continuing professional development plan.


Critically review a selection of published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and compare and contrast with a range of guidelines on publishing scientific papers


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


Devise an appropriate strategy to establish, document, implement, maintain and continually improve an Environmental Management System (EMS) suitable for a range of different organisations


Critically review the Environmental Impact Assessment process at European and National level and suggest ways of improving the process at various levels.


Module Assessment Strategies

Directed reading, independent research and independent thinking are encouraged by the assessment process

Indicative Syllabus

Critical review of published scientific papers using available guidelines as a basis for comparison

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) & Auditing

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Learning portfolio


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment - Learning Portfolio Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 4 1
2 Critical review of published scientific papers Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 7 2
3 Short Theory Questions - EMS & Auditing Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 9 3,4
4 Short Theory Questions - EIA Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 11 5
5 Critical Review of assigned topic relating to EMS or EIA Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % Week 15 2,3,4,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Not Specified Workshop 8 UNKNOWN 8.00
Directed Learning Not Specified On-line resources, assigned reading 4.53 Weekly 4.53
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, preparation of assignemnts 140 UNKNOWN 140.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 12.53 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bioethics for Scientists (2002) J. Bryant, L. Baggott la Velle and J. Searle John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Introduction to Bioethics: Bryant Baggott la Velle Searle Wiley (2005

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)

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

European Communities (2001), Guidance on EIA - Screening

European Communities (2001), Guidance on EIA - Scoping

European Communities (2001), Guidance on EIA - EIS Review     


Other Resources

Directed reading lists

Recent Irish Environmental Impact Statements

Additional Information

Access to broadband


regional exam centres


attaendance at any workshop