Course Title: Environmental Assessment, Monitoring and Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Assessment, Monitoring and Systems

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Benjamin Cooke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9943

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.34

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course will introduce you to the influences that shape environmental management, both within government and the business community, by studying theory and practical examples of the use of environmental management tools – specifically Environment Management Systems, Environmental Auditing, Environment Reporting, Life Cycle Assessment. Finally a key tool of environmental management and policy, Environmental Impact Assessment, will be examined to illustrate its processes and possibilities, but also the subtleties that make it such a promising yet problematical tool.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the contexts and roles of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Environmental Auditing, Environmental Reports, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); 
  • Interpret the range of Environmental Reports and Environmental Audits; 
  • Explore the contents and components of EMSs. Environmental Reports and Environmental Audits; 
  • Appreciate what is required in an EMS, Environmental Audit, Environmental Report, LCA, and EIA; 
  • Appreciate the role that the environmental management approaches play in environmental management generally; 
  • Appreciate the role that EMSs and EIA play in achieving environmental improvement, and their strengths and weaknesses;

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of principles and practice of natural resource policy, sustainability, globalisation and environmental management to professional practice or further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge related to the social implications of environmental concerns and challenges both in Australia and globally.
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with environmental management and associated policies and programs.
  • Communicate effectively using appropriate formats, media and styles to a range of audiences including other professionals, the public and government agencies and collaborate partnerships with others.
  • Assist in the identification of needs, and the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in environmental and social sustainability.
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professionalized settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course comprises a mixture of lectures/presentations, workshop sessions and researching areas of environmental management through electronic sources. Students will work independently to develop understanding of aspects of environmental management approaches. Discussion/debate is an integral part of the course whereby the students will be part of a class room group to discuss ideas and experiences. Some ideas for discussion are suggested throughout the course but students are encouraged to contribute and question freely.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (Including appropriate journals) and freely accessible Internet sites. Other material will be provided in class.
Students will be able to access course information and learning material through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT).

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks for this course comprise written assignments during the semester, each of no more than 2000 words, and preparation of, and participation in, a weekly workshop.