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The purpose of this fourth course in the Innovative and Diversified Energy micro-credential is to provide the fundamentals of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) allows a proponent to provide the information required to guide decision-making processes in a project where the environment plays a key factor. This course will expand upon the six basic steps of an EIA including screening, scoping, baseline studies, impact prediction, impact management and mitigation, and monitoring.
Through a series of self-guided course materials, including course and textbook readings, you will be introduced to the basics of environmental impact assessment. You will cover methods used to assess the effects of economic activities on the environment with a focus on energy resource exploitation.
This course includes access to an e-textbook Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, A Guide to Principles and Practice, 4th edition, by Bram F. Noble which is available within the learning environment.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the final course in a series of four that explore Innovative and Diversified Energy. In this course, you will:
- Describe the administrative and legislative process around EIA
- Outline the six steps of an EIA
- Describe the complex legislative framework around conducting an EIA
- Describe the screening process used to determine which projects need a full EIA
- Describe the scoping process used to establish the content and terms of reference (TOR) of the EIA
- Discuss how a baseline study establishes the overall picture of a project's environmental and social footprint
- Explain how impact prediction relates to the type of project and the valued components identified in the scoping
- Describe the hierarchy of mitigation options such as avoidance, restoration, offsets, and others
- Identify the reasons for and types of monitoring during all phases of a project.
- Business Owners in Oil & Gas industry who want to understand the recent science of the current energy mix
- Current employees in the energy sector looking to upskill and learn more about EIA
- Recent graduates with a science degree looking to pursue a specialization in energy
- Those who are interested in Faculty of Science programs at Athabasca University and want a place to start
- Individuals looking to raise their awareness in how to perform an EIA
How It Works
8-10 hours per week
Dr. Ken Munyikwa, Associate Professor / Associate Dean, Student Experience
Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in geology and chemistry as well as a Master of Science in engineering geology. Following the completion of a PhD in Quaternary geology at the Free University of Brussels, Ken took up a postdoctoral research position at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This was followed by a three year visiting assistant professor appointment at Seoul National University in South Korea before joining Athabasca University in 2006 where he currently serves as an associate professor of geology.
Mr. Apon is a Hydrogeologist with over 40 years of experience in environmental projects, and project management. He has worked in Canada, Africa, and Southeast Asia. He was responsible for the management of the Environmental Services Division of Wood in Edmonton for over 26 years and was responsible for technical supervision and financial control of all projects undertaken by the division. Mr. Apon has designed and directed numerous environmental assessment projects. Mr. Apon has been a part of the technical team in several Environmental Impact Assessments relating to mines, pipeline development, highways, power plants, and industrial facilities.
Is this an instructor-led course?
This course is designed to be self-paced with all materials you need for successful completion contained within the learning platform. The course has been designed by subject matter experts and includes interviews with leading experts, aligned to the course outcomes. The course is an immersive experience that includes a mix of content including video introductions and video content, impactful readings, learning checks, and interactive elements – all which can be completed at your own pace.
How much time will I need to spend?
The course is structured to be completed at your own pace within a two-week period. You will be spending approximately 8 - 10 hours of time per week on content. You will have access to the learning environment for 90 days in order to refer back to course material. After 90 days, the course will be closed.
Do I have to be online at a certain time of day?
No, you do not have to be online at a specific time. You complete the coursework at the times and places that fits your schedule. Each course is designed for working professionals who are balancing their work, family and community commitments.
When do I start?
You can start the course as soon as you register! You will automatically be directed to the interactive learning environment.
How long will I have access to the course?
You will have 90 days from the time of registration to complete the course. It is recommended to complete the course in two weeks.
What is the refund policy?
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Are there tests or quizzes involved?
There will be activities, assignments, and short quizzes within the course to ensure you understand the content. All quizzes are designed to be accessible and easy to complete by engaging in the course content. Within each module, you will have the answers to each evaluation.
What are the computer requirements for this course?
You should have access to a Mac, PC, or tablet with an Internet connection, with Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox as a browser. Here is a link that outlines browser support:
For virtual sessions:
- Web camera and microphone
Learners that want to use their smart phone to access the courses can also download the D2L Pulse App for free to access the course available on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.d2l.brightspace.student.android&hl=en_CA
Or the Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/brightspace-pulse/id1001688546
Does this course have prerequisites?
This course does not have a required prerequisite.
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