AE2501 Environmental Impact Assessment 7.5 credits


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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
    Environmental Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

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 main content

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.


Lectures, exercises and a field visit.


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. Proficiency in English (English B or equivalent).


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

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


  • FÄL1 - Excursion, , grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 3.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNA - Exercises, 1.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNB - Exercises, 2.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering


Berit Brokking Balfors <>

Add-on studies

Natural Resources Management


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2014.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2010.