Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK/EU fee

£880

International fee

£880

Course level

Postgraduate

Start date

May

Location

Online

Online course description

The level 7 Certificate of Credit in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a 20-credit module providing a sound appreciation of the importance of conducting EIA, together with an understanding of the techniques involved. The module, which takes a comparative international outlook and covers changes in EIA regulation and guidelines, also considers the environmental assessment of plans and programmes by strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

This module is suitable for intending and existing environmental management professionals seeking to increase or refresh their knowledge and understanding of the EIA process. While this module is an opportunity to enhance your CPD and add to your professional portfolio, it is also an excellent opportunity to experience our Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)-accredited Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc before making a commitment to study the full programme.

By completing this module, you will gain a critical understanding of international environmental assessment practice and its potential for delivering sustainable development.

Accredited by CIWEM, giving you free student membership

CIWEM Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Whilst enrolled on this module you can enjoy free student membership to the CIWEM that allows you to:

The CIWEM will support the development of the skills and qualities that employers are looking for, providing you with opportunities to showcase your talents.

Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to register for graduate membership of CIWEM.

Delivery by experienced academics

We have many years of experience in the delivery of environmental courses online which means you can expect the highest standards of teaching and education. Our team of tutors, made up of research-active academics and practising sustainability professionals, will guide you through the module and provide regular feedback to ensure you stay on track.

You will also have access to a dedicated online learning adviser who will be on hand to support you with pastoral and non-academic matters throughout your studies.

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.

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Code: 7EV544

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) has become an increasingly integral part of the industrial and commercial development process in relation to the delivery of sustainable development. This module aims to develop a sound appreciation of the importance of conducting EIA, together with an understanding of the techniques by which this can be achieved. In conjunction with an appreciation of what is happening globally in relation to EIA. Also the environmental assessment of plans and programmes by SEA is considered.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. The module is designed to include a reflective element and students will be required to engage in reflective practice through formative assessments in discussion forums throughout the module. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of environmental assessment including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the importance of the process for delivering sustainable development. 2. Critically appraise Environmental Assessment including EIA implementation in a range of countries. 3. Demonstrate the ability to execute an EIA and produce an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Module content

  • Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Introduction to Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment legislation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment procedures
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment procedures
  • Public participation in Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Assessment of Impacts on water, land, air, biodiversity, people etc
  • Challenges and future of EIA and SEA
  • Employability skills
    • Team work, collaboration, communication
    • Problem solving
    • Articulate the advantages and disadvantages of peer review practices.
  • Digital Competencies
    • Online collaboration
    • Leadership
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20 Credits
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Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

The module is delivered 100% online over 10 weeks using a range of interactive learning materials and some live classroom sessions. Provision is made for discussion and interaction with tutors and fellow students through live virtual classroom sessions and online discussion forums.

You will study alongside students who are on the Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc, giving you a wider perspective of sustainability from your global student community.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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Entry requirements

You will normally require a good first degree in a related subject. However, applicants with professional qualifications or relevant experience can also apply.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

* If you don't have GCSE Maths, you can study our Certificate of Credit in Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education, which is a 20-credit module designed to help you develop your mathematical skills in preparation for higher education. 

**If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Fees and funding

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £880 1 £880

† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Flexible payment plans available

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How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

This Certificate of Credit can act as an ideal form of CPD for those working in sustainability and environmental management. It will provide you with a critical understanding of the principles of EIA and skills required to execute a successful EIA.

Options for further CPD

It is important for environmental professionals and practitioners to stay up to date with the latest trends and developments within the industry through continued professional development. Those looking to further enhance their CPD within sustainability and environmental management can continue their learning with another one of our Sustainability and Environmental Certificate of Credit stand-alone modules:

Progress on to a masters degree

The 20 credits at level 7 gained from this Certificate of Credit can be transferred as recognition of prior learning (RPL) ont o a relevant masters degree, subject to meeting all other admission criteria. The 20 credits from this stand-alone module can be used towards module exemptions onto our online MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management.

Dr Uchechukwu Okere
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Environmental Management, Dr Uchechukwu Okere, has previosuly worked with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) to deliver professional training courses to environmental professionals in various sectors including oil and gas, maritime and finance in the both the UK and abroad.

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