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ENSC 301  Environmental Assessment  Units: 3.00  
The course explores components of environmental assessment including public consultation, scoping, alternatives, protocols, significance, trade-offs, mitigation and monitoring. Biophysical, cumulative, social, strategic and sustainability assessment through case studies highlight strengths and weaknesses of the environmental assessment process.
Learning Hours: 114 (12 Lecture, 24 Group Learning, 78 Private Study)  
Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above.  
Course Equivalencies: ENSC301, ENSC401  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop the skills necessary to start at an entry level environmental assessment job with the government, private sector or NGO sectors.
  2. Grasp main environmental assessment concepts - scoping, alternatives, significance, trade-offs, harmonization, public consultation
  3. Identify valued ecosystem components (VECs) and know how these are used to scope environmental assessment processes
  4. Recommend specific environmental assessment impact studies for a specific case
  5. Understand design of environmental assessment processes
  6. Understand the main types and steps of environmental assessment