Run by School of Ocean Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof John Turner
Overall aims and purpose
(1) To understand the physical processes (currents, erosion) and chemical processes (hypernutrification, eutrophication) causing impacts in the coastal zone
(2) To understand the process of assessing the environmental impact of a development activity
(3) To prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to EU Directive requirements
(4) To present the EIS to a public meeting and for peer review
An introduction to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) covering the
i Definition of impacts
ii Physical processes causing impacts (erosion, sedimentation)
iii Chemical processes causing impacts (hypernutrification)
iv Preparation of environmental documents
v Environmental attributes, scoping and baseline procedures
vi EIA methodology
vii Procedure for developing an EIS
viii Procedures for reviewing an EIS
The EIA provides an opportunity to conduct a desk study of the expected environmental consequences of a plausible but generally hypothetical development project. The document will be presented to a public meeting of academic staff and course students.
Each student will also be assessed by a viva on the EIS.
Report with generally good layout and presentation. Survey design well suited to the habitat and well implemented with attention to detail and effective work in the field. Methodology described well in a concise scientific fashion with important relevant details. Results described clearly with good tabulated and graphical presentation of data and appropriate statistics. Pertinent discussion giving insight into the habitat surveyed with some appropriate references. Good appreciation of the pros and cons of techniques utilised.
Outstanding report of a well designed thoroughly implemented survey. Report having a concise introduction covering all relevant aspects of the study and giving full references. Materials and methods fully and succinctly described, data well presented in tabular and/or graphical format, data fully analysed using the correct analytical methods for all data sets. Discussion focused, critical and concise, covering all aspects of the study, and fully referenced. Design and layout of report exceptional.
Basic report with acceptable layout and presentation but missing detail. Survey design acceptable but not the most appropriate and implemented to produce the bare minimum of acceptable results. Discussion of results minimal with limited insight into the ecology of the habitat surveyed.
Know procedures for reviewing an EIS
Understand environmental attributes, scoping and baseline procedures
Understand EIA methodology
Know the procedure for developing an EIS
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
Prepare environmental documents eg EIS and supporting documents
Teaching and Learning Strategy
20 hrs presentations at a 2 day `public meeting with role play as presenting consultants and representative audience
7.5 hrs Viva with Prof J. Turner
23 hrs lectures (3 hrs Dr Jon King; 3 hrs Dr Peter Robins, 3 hrs Dr David Assinder; 4 hrs Dr S. Jackson; 10 hrs Prof J. Turner)
4 hrs private consultations with Prof J. Turner
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- F7AD: MSc Marine Environmental Protection year 1 (MSC/MEP)