Course Description

Discover the importance of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) as a tool to assist in meeting the goals of sustainable development. Examine EIA procedures as practiced currently under the provincial (Alberta) and federal (Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency) regulatory processes. Understand the importance of new and emerging developments on the EIA process in Alberta, including use of third-party reviewers (the 3PC initiative), efforts towards development of standardized Terms of Reference (ToRs) and the shifting of focus to cumulative effects assessments. Gain practical skills on the various steps required to put together an EIA report. The course utilizes a mix of lectures, in-class exercises, break-outs sessions and large group discussions.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Understand and explain what an Environmental Impact Assessment is
  • Describe the objectives and benefits of doing an EIA
  • Describe the kinds of projects for which an EIA is required in Alberta and by the federal government
  • Identify and describe the key steps involved in putting together an EIA
  • Explain and understand the various reports prepared during the EIA process

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Online Asynchronous
Jun 18, 2024 to Aug 26, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $559.00
Reading List / Textbook

Required Textbook
Title: Introduction to Environmental Assessment - A guide to Principles and Practice
Edition: 4th
Authors: Bram F. Noble
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0199028894 (paperback), 978-0199028917 (digital rental)

Visit the UCalgary Bookstore at www.calgarybookstore.ca.

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

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Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

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