Environmental Assessment is a measure used to determine the impact of certain proposed actions. This measure may consider not only the natural environment, but also social and economic environments. Doing an environmental assessment can help prevent situations where substantial environmental damage is done and situations where a person’s actions have adverse effects.
You will learn about evolving legislation on local, state, national and international levels, as well as assessments for industry bodies and special projects. Develop the skills in how to conduct assessments and how to put together reports.
Work in this area has expanded greatly in recent decades. This course offers a valuable range of skills when combined with a knowledge of plant or animal identification and ecology.
Study this course as stand alone or to complement other studies. For graduates from related certificates, diplomas or degrees (eg. Biology, Horticulture, Agriculture), this course may offer the potential to greatly improve your employability.
Complimentary studies would include; conservation and enviromental management, landscape restoration, water conservation and management, earth science and introduction to ecology
Attractive discounts apply for multiple course pathways [see our 'discounts and payment plan' page]
There are 8 lessons in this course:
- 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.
- Introduction to Environmental Assessment:
- What is Environmental Assessment?
- Definitions of Environmental Assessment
- General Principles
- Overview of Environmental Assessment
- 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.
- Domestic Environmental Law
- Examples of Domestic Environmental Law
- Research into Domestic Environmental law.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.