Courses Catalogue

Environmental Impact Assessment

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description


Since the first environmental impact assessment (EIA) system was established in USA in 1970s, EIA systems have been set up worldwide and have become a powerful environment safeguards in the project planning process.  This course is intended to enable students to appreciate the purpose of EIA in the decision making processes and to understand the strengths of EIA in regard to environment management, as well as to appreciate the technical and social/ political limitations of EIA. The course introduces, describes, and enables students to appreciate that the best way to control environmental degradation is by predicting the possible irreversible negative effects of development and their mitigation or alternatives




This is to make the students visualize how policies can be effective in preventing environmental degradation.




By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • establish and analyses the likely significant effects on the environment of any development projects.
  • They should also be able to identify projects that require EIA and those that do not need EIA.
  • Students should be able to design possible mitigation measures for development projects which are subject to EIA studies.
  • Students should have acquired enough knowledge that will make them to be able in the future to be part of EIA or Environmental Audit team and must be able in the future to lead same.




A student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

§  Planning, conducting, and reporting on environmental investigations, including the use of secondary data

§  field and laboratory investigations in a responsible and safe manner, paying due attention to risk assessment, rights of access, relevant health and safety regulations, and sensitivity to the impact of investigations on the environment and stakeholders

§  Recognising and using subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts and principles

§  Analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, including prior research

§  complex and multidimensional problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts