Full Title ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSEMNT

Short Title EIA, POLICY AND PLANNING

Code ENVR09025
Level 09
Credit 05

Author Connaughton, Noel
Department Environmental Science

Subject Area Environmental Science
Attendence N/A%
Fee

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).

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

Overview of various EU guidance documents on Screening, Scoping, Review and Indirect and Cumulative Impacts

Detailed review of a full EIS

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.

Assessment Strategies
The module will be assessed using a combination of an end of semester final exam (50%) and continuous assessments (50%).

The first element of the continuous assessment will involve a number of short question assessments (total of 20%) to provide feedback to students on progress with their understanding of the subject.

The second element of the continuous assessment (20%) will involve the a review of documents available in the public domain such as planning files, development plans or environmental impact ststements.

The third element of the continuous assessment (20%) will involve the a review of European or Irish Environmental Policy documents.

Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
None
Co Requisite Modules
None
Incompatible Modules
None

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Examination 40 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
In-class discussion, Q&A sessions and team based assignments. 1,2,3,4,5,6 - OnGoing
Essay on policy and learning portfolio.

Review of an EIS.
1,2,6 60 OnGoing


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Final theory exam. 3,4,5,6 40 End of Term


Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly 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 Average Weekly Learner Workload 2.50 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Resources
Book 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)

Irish Planning Acts and Regulations

City or County Development Plans

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

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

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.

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

European Communities (2001), Guidance on EIA - Screening

European Communities (2001), Guidance on EIA - Scoping

European Communities (2001), Guidance on EIA - EIS Review
Other Resources
None
Url Resources
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