ENVR09031 2019 Natural Resource Management & Assessment

General Details

Full Title
Natural Resource Management & Assessment
Transcript Title
Natural Resource Management &
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Declan Feeney, Frances Lucy, Steve Tonry
Programme Membership
SG_SEHSM_M09 201900 Master of Science in EHS Management SG_SEHSM_G09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in EHS Management

This module will introduce the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. It will give the student the ability to understand natural resource management from the perspective of screening, scoping, impact assessment, mitigation and monitoring as they relate to EIA, and other environmental assessment procedures.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the content and application of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process


Classify, distinguish between and demonstrate knowledge of a range of natural resource systems


Apply concepts and skills to interpret potential and actual disturbances to natural resources on both local and global scales


Conduct an independent assessment of environmental impacts associated with anthropogenic activities and pollution pathways


Appraise current key issues impacting on natural resources at a global level


Communicate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the EIA process and the assessment of natural resources

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. powerpoint presentations, recordings of online lectures and supplementary reading material) and a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). The online delivery may be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment - 50%, Final exam-50%. Regular assessments may be undertaken via moodle and assignments delivered as per module requirements. Students may be assessed individually or in group environments with a strong emphasis on continual improvement and skill building.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment, where relevant, will involve assignment, assessment or examination that provides evidence that the student has met the subject and topic learning outcomes to the required standard.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process

Primary pathways and feedback loops within the EIA process (e.g. screening, scoping, stakeholder identification, impact prediction and evaluation, mitigation and monitoring, reporting and monitoring)

Sustainable development and the EIA process

Natural resources and their management in the context of the EIA process:

  • Water resource management
  • Solis, land and geology
  • Ecology and ecological management
  • Coastal ecology and geomorphology
  • Ecosystem services and environmental management
  • Landscape and visual management
  • Cultural heritage and EIA
  • Socio-economic impacts and EIA

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Appropriate Assessment (AA)


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual Written Professional Report Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 20 % Week 10 1,3,4
2 Group Project, Report and Presentation Coursework Assessment Group Project 30 % Week 5 2,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed Learning 10 Weekly 10.00
Workshop / Seminar Not Specified Site visit/guest lectures 4.5 Once Per Semester 0.30
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1.7 Weekly 1.70
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2000 A Guide to Habitats in Ireland The Heritage Council

Definitive guide to the habitats of Ireland.

Recommended Reading
2012 Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment
ISBN 0415664705 ISBN-13 9780415664707

Looking at the importance of environmental impact assessements, this title includes all the latest theoretical and practical procedures of EIA, as well as including the latest changes to UK legislation.

Recommended Reading
2017-09-12 Methods of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (Natural and Built Environment Series) Routledge
ISBN 1138647675 ISBN-13 9781138647671

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Additional documents and reports will be provided to the learner via the module Moodle page. This will ensure that updates and changes to the content will be current and relevant.

URL Resources

Links and a URL list will be provided to the learner via the module Moodle page.  This will ensure that updates and changes to web content will be maintained.

Other Resources

The student will be directed to free software applications suitable to virtual group work, communications and project planning by the lecturer. 

Additional Information