AE2501 Environmental Impact Assessment 7.5 credits

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This course explores interactions between human activities and natural or man-made systems, linking them to the concept of environmental sustainability and to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures. It focuses both on strategic EIA and project EIA, and discusses examples of EIA systems used in different countries.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure. EIA in international perspective. EIA as a tool for sustainable development. Review of an EIA document. EIA workshop on a development plan.

Intended learning outcomes *

The aim of the course is to learn the international theory, the practical process, terminology and methods of performing an EIA.

After accomplishing the course activities the student should have a theoretical and conceptual understanding of:

  • the key principles of the EIA process,
  • the terminology and methods used in EIA,
  • the role of EIA in relation to the planning and decision-making process,
  • EIA trends and practices in an international perspective,
  • the methodological issues related to the performance of EIA,
  • quality requierments concerning the EIA process and the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS),
  • interdisciplinarity in relation to the performance of EIA.

After fulfilling the course the student should be able to:

  • perform the screening and scoping of an EIA, based on existing requirements, evaluate the imapcts and draw meaningful conclusions from the results of the EIA;
  • present an appropriate EIS considering the general criteria of consistency, transparency and systematicness;
  • perform a critical quality review of an EIA and EIS;
  • clarify the concept of EIA and its application in an international context to those involved in or affected by the EIA process;
  • structure the EIA working process considering the need for interdisciplinarity;
  • interpretate an EIA, present its conclusions and translate its conclusions into actions.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Bachelor's degree or at least 150 ECTS credits in the field of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Ecology, or another subject with clear relevance to the course.

Recommended prerequisites

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Literature

Glasson, J., Therivel, R. and Chadwick, A.  Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment.

Ytterligare material, såsom artiklar och åhörarkopior, kommer att presenteras under kursen.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • FÄL1 - Excursion, - credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNB - Exercises, 2.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNC - Exercise, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written examination, participation in workshops and field visit, submitted exercise reports.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Berit Brokking Balfors

Further information

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Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study *

Built Environment, Environmental Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

AE2507 Strategic Environmental Assessment

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.