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Environmental Assessment

Course CodeBEN301
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

What will you be getting?

  • Online or e learning mode of study.
  • 100 hour, self paced course - guided by expert tutors with years of experience.
  • Learn to conduct Environmental Assessments and produce Environmental Reports.
  • Broaden your skills and make better use of your expertise in biology or environmental science.
  • Work as an Environmental Assessor or Consultant.

Who is this course relevant to?

You may choose to study this course as a one-off, or choose it to complement other studies. For graduates with related qualifications (e.g. Biology, Horticulture, Agriculture), this course may offer the potential to greatly improve your employment prospects. 

Work in this area has expanded greatly in recent decades, especially when assessment skills are combined with a knowledge of plant or animal identification and ecology.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Types of Employment for Environmental Scientists:
    • Pre purchase inspections
    • background data
    • Flora and Fauna Surveys
    • Open Space Management Plans
    • Detection of Pollutants
    • Use of Plants
    • Remediation of Polluted Sites.
  2. Introduction to Environmental Assessment:
    • What is Environmental Assessment?
    • Definitions of Environmental Assessment
    • General Principles
    • Overview of Environmental Assessment
  3. International Environmental Law:
    • Foundations of Environmental Law
    • Making International Laws (Treaties and Customary Law)
    • Milestones in International Environmental Law
    • Principles of International Environmental Law
    • Institutions that influence Environmental Law
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Environmental Law.
  4. Domestic Environmental Law
    • Examples of Domestic Environmental Law
    • Research into Domestic Environmental law.
  5. Types of Environmental Assessments:
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Environmental Impact Statement
    • Risk Assessment/Risk Analysis
    • Ecological Risk Assessment
    • Strategic Environment Assessment
    • Environmental Audit
    • Regional Risk Screening
    • Ecological Impact Assessment
    • Social Impact Assessments and Statements
    • Economic and Fiscal Impact Assessment
    • Health Impact Assessment
  6. The Design and Process of Environmental Assessment:
    • Steps in the Environmental Assessment Process (Scoping, Screening, Alternatives to the Proposal, Collection and Analysis of Information, Public Involvement, Reporting the Findings of the Study, Post Project Analysis)
    • Study design (Baseline Studies, Predicting Impacts, Mitigation Measures)
    • Data Collection and Analysis.
  7. Writing Environmental Reports:
    • The Scientific Method and Report Writing
    • Generic Outline for an Environmental Statement
    • Examples of Suggested Layouts for Environmental Assessments
    • Effective Report Writing.
  8. Research Project
    • The Research Project is the student’s opportunity to test out their skills as an environmental consultant. In this project, the student will carry out a small environmental assessment and write it up as a professional report.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • To appreciate the range of employment available to scientists skilled in environmental assessment
  • Develop an understanding of the basics of environmental study design, analysis and reporting within a legal framework.
  • Be aware of the international legislation relevant to environmental assessment
  • Research the legislation which dictates the environmental assessment requirements in the student’s home country.
  • Appreciate the range of environmental assessment techniques that have been developed to assess a range of situations around the globe.
  • Understand the environmental assessment process in enough depth to manage a small environmental assessment.
  • Write a professional environmental report.
  • Prepare an environmental impact assessment including carrying out all research and writing up the actual report.

What You Will Do

  • Contact a laboratory (either by telephone, email, or in person) that carries out tests for environmental contaminants.
  • Research the organisation in the local area that handles environmental complaints and the procedure for lodging such complaints.
  • Identify developments that require an environmental assessment.
  • Contact an Environmental Consulting Firm that carries out Environmental Assessments to determine the most common type of environment assessment in the local area.
  • Contact the local government organisation to determine what sort of environmental assessments are required for the different classes of development.
  • Research one treaty that influences environmental issues in the locality.
  • Research the legislation in the student’s home country that governs the preparation of environmental assessments.Research the legislation in one other country that governs the preparation of environmental assessments.Compare the two.
  • Identify factors that influence developer’s decisions on where to locate their developments.
  • Read and review an Environmental Assessment Report
  • Source the original data from an Environmental Assessment to determine how the data was analysed after collection.
  • Write one “dummy” environmental assessment from beginning to end.
  • Carry out a major research project in the form of an environmental assessment.This project will include data scoping, study design, data collection, data analysis, conclusions and a professionally presented finally report.

Why is Environmental Assessment important?

Environmental assessment aims to encourage developers to recognise the importance of environmental factors when planning a development, and to minimise impacts on these factors. The goal of environmental assessment is to ensure environmental sustainability.

Around the world, all the following terms refer to some sort of environmental assessment:

  • Demographic Impact Assessment
  • Development Impact Assessment
  • Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Economic and Fiscal Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Audit
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Strategic Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Statement
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Climate Impact Assessment

(Note that even though there are many different types of assessment and differences in their name and focus depending upon the country you live in, for the purposes of this course, the term Environmental Impact Assessment is used interchangeably to represent the range of environmental assessment types that exist.)

Recent years have seen ever growing public awareness of the impact of development on the environment around us. As a result, most development is now governed by laws or policies that ask questions:

  • What impact will this development have?
  • What flora, fauna, ecosystems and natural environments will be effected?
  • What will the impact be in the short, medium and long term?

Where do you fit in?

Your skills in environmental assessment, together with your knowledge in other environmental science areas, will make you the person who can answer these question. This has the potential to boost your career in new directions.

To do your job well you'll need to examine more than just the environmental or physical impacts of a development. The consultant may need to look at the social, economic and demographic consequences of the proposal. Environmental assessments will also vary depending on which country you are in and the type of change or development that is proposed. And there will be legal issues to consider too.

Wherever you live and work, development will be occurring, and this means opportunities for you to put your skills and knowledge to good use and build a rewarding career.  

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