ENVR09025 2016 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

General Details

Full Title
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Transcript Title
EIA, POLICY AND PLANNING
Code
ENVR09025
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
09 - NFQ Level 9
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Billy Fitzgerald, Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_SEHSM_M09 201600 Master of Science in EHS Management SG_SPROJ_M09 201700 Master of Science in Project Management SG_SSTRA_S09 201700 Certificate in Strategic Construction Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201700 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management SG_SWATE_M09 201800 Master of Science in Water Services Management SG_SWATE_O09 201800 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Water Services Management SG_SWATE_A09 201800 Certificate in Water Services Management
Description

This Module explores the origin and development of environmental policy at European and National level, how the Irish Planning system is used to protect the environment and the requirements of European and National legislation in relation to the environmental assessment of projects (Environmental Impact Assessment) and programmes (Strategic Environmental Assessment).

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Explain why and how environmental policy is developed and what influences the development and delivery of policy.

2.

Discuss the main EU and Irish policies in relation to the environment and for one or more areas of environmental policy, perform a critical evaluation of its effectiveness.

3.

Explain the legislative framework of the Irish Planning system, the requirements in relation to the submission of a Planning Application and the nature and scope of the use of the Irish Planning system to protect the environment.

4.

Explain the legislative framework for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) at European and National level.

5.

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

6.
Carry out a detailed review of an EIS.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. online lectures (via Adobe Connect or similar), independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. PowerPoint presentations, recordings of online lectures and supplementary reading material) and a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). The online delivery will be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment - 50%, Final Exam - 50%.

Regular assessments will be undertaken via Moodle and assignments uploaded via Moodle. Assignments may be designed across modules delivered in the same semester.

Students may be assessed individually or in group environments, with a strong emphasis on continual improvement and skill building.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment, where relevant, will involve assignment, practical test or examination that provides evidence that the student has met the subject and topic learning outcomes to the required standard.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Review of a selection of environmental policy documents

Overview of Irish Planning Legislation and Administrative Structures

Review of a City or County Development Plan

Overview of the EU and Irish EIA and SEA legislation

Detailed study of the specific requirements of the Irish EPA guidance documents

Detailed review of part of an EIS

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 In-class discussion, Q&amp::::amp::::A sessions and team based assignments. Formative Multiple Choice - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Review of part of an EIS. Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,6
3 Number of MCQs Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final theory exam. Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 3,4,5,6
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 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

Online Learning Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Online Lectures 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning - Online 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Irish Planning Acts and Regulations.

City or County Development Plans.

Department of Environment, Community & Local Government (2012) A Guide to Planning Enforcement in Ireland.

Irish EPA (2015) Revised Guidelines on the Information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements. 

Irish EPA (2015) Draft Advice Notes for preparing an EIS.

Council Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment, including three amendments (EIA Directive).

Directive 2014/52/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment.

Codified Version of the EIA Directive (2014).

DIRECTIVE 2001/42/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment.

Draft Guidelines for Planning Authorities and An Bord Pleanála on carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment - Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, July 2012.

Recent Irish Environmental Impact Statements

        

URL Resources

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32014L0052

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eia/pdf/EIA_Directive_informal.pdf

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32001L0042&from=EN

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

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