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Environmental Impact Assessment (5 cr)

Code: AT00CK08-3001

General information


01.07.2022 - 04.09.2022


01.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual portion

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning


Faculty of Technology (LAB)


E-campus, Lahti

Teaching languages

  • English

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Solutions Engineering


  • Malahat Ghoreishi

Scheduling groups

  • Luennot 1 (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)



Small groups

  • Luennot 1

Learning outcomes

The student is able to
- to know generally used environmental impact assessment procedures and their practical applications in different countries as part of environmental policies
- to understand typical environmental impacts related to e.g. soil construction, industrial sites, energy projects and natural resource extraction having significant environmental impacts
- to know public participation and citizen science based practices and methods used during EIA
- to understand different comparison methods, their background and applications used during EIA
- environmental impact data gathering and management tools like gis applications and spreading models.

Implementation and methods of teaching

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an online course. Through this course, students will learn the introduction and definition of Environment Management and EIA and the related policies and regulatory frameworks. Moreover, the EIA procedure, scoping & screening will be taught with different EIA methods, tools and techniques. Throughout different case examples, students will learn the EIA reporting, decision making and project management as well as the implementation and follow up of the EIA statements and reports.
Each session of the course includes group work and assignments for better understanding and reviewing the topics that have been discussed in each session.
In addition there will be individual assignments to pass this course.
The individual and group work assignments worth 40% of the final grade.
The final project is 50% of the final grade and is done in the group of 4-5 students.
More detailed description of the teaching material will be provided in the introduction of the first session.

Timing and attendance

This Course is held during Autumn semester 7.11.2022 - 12.12.2022.
Active participation of the course is 10% of the final grade.

Learning material and recommended literature

This course is taught based on different scientific books, articles and resources. The course materials will be uploaded after each session in moodle and the additional learning material will be provided for the students' interest in the topic and further learning.

Alternative completion methods

Can be discussed with the instructor. Students should inform the teacher ASAP to discuss.

Exam retakes

No Exam

Learning environment

Online learning platform, ZOOM and Teams.

Student time use and work load

The average work load for this course is estimated to be 135 hours (5 ECTS). The main part of the study module´s work load consists of independent and group work, about 115 hours (including individual assignments and final group work). The time allocation for contact learning is about 20 hours.


- Introduction to Environment Management & EIA
- Legal, Policy & Regulatory Framework
- EIA Procedure - Scoping & Screening and Establishing Baseline Conditions
- EIA Methods, Tools and Techniques
- EIA Reporting & Review of EIA Quality
- Decision Making & Project Management
- LCA as a tool for EIA

Assessment scale


Failed (0)

less than 50p is fail 0

Assessment criteria: level 1 (assessment scale 1–5)

Grade 1: 50 - 59 p
Grade 2: 60 - 69 p

Assessment criteria: level 3 (assessment scale 1–5)

Grade 3: 70 - 79 p
Grade 4: 80 - 89 p

Assessment criteria: level 5 (assessment scale 1–5)

Grade 5 requires a minimum of 90 p