Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Decision-makers in government, international corporations, and non-government aid and development agencies, are required to consider the potential impacts of proposed policies and infrastructure developments on communities. In industrialised and industrialising countries policy systems identify, evaluate and recommend about potential environmental, economic, health, social and cultural consequences of proposed developments - especially ones that are large scale, sensitive, hazardous, deplete non-renewable resources, politically volatile. In this subject, students will gain an understanding of integrated impact assessment, enabling students to engage specialist agencies/consultants to conduct a wide range of impact assessments, and to critically analyse impact assessment outcomes. Students will examine the complexity of scoping, developing and implementing impact assessments using a variety of case studies from both Australia and overseas.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulie Rudner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in a Planning postgraduate program or students enrolled in ACCPD or AGCPD or AMCPD or AMSPMD


Incompatible subjects PLA4ESI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEnvironmental impact assessment in Australia: theory and practice,PrescribedThomas, I.FEDERATION PRESS 1996
ReadingsImpact assessment and sustainable resource mangement,PrescribedSmith, L.G.JOHN WILEY, LONGMAN, BURNT MILL 1993

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulie Rudner

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
Five 7.0 hours seminar other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"May include fieldtrips."


Assessment elementComments%
Group project - presentation 1500 words20
Individual essay 3750 words55
LMS discussion posts (minimum 3 posts 250-750 words each)25