ENV111 - Environmental Site Assessment and Reporting

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Subject Title
Environmental Site Assessment and Reporting

Subject Description
This course provides students with the understanding of the theory and practice of Environmental Assessment approaches that are the principal means of integrating environmental considerations into governmental decision-making.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Environmental Management Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Conduct Environmental Impact Assessments, 
  2. Describe the components of an Environment Impact Assessment and identify the applicable regulatory requirements and scope of legislation,  
  3. Outline the challenges that a particular project could pose for the environment,
  4. Analyze the impact of each challenge for the organization,
  5. Ask questions to clarify the parameters of the assessment,
  6. Describe how to work cooperatively with team members to conduct the impact assessment, and demonstrate the ability to solve problems as they arise,
  7. Utilize simulations to determine the level of impact for each identified element in the assessment, collect field data utilizing the appropriate equipment and approved technologies, as required.  

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
1) Importance of EIA process in resource management

• Background and history of EIA in Canada
2) EIA process, stages, terms and definitions

3) Techniques and methods
• Approaches to assessing impacts
4) Public Participation

5) Social Impact Assessments

6) Cumulative Impact Assessments

7) Challenges with the EIA Process
• Understanding of the strengths and limitations of EIA
8) Ontario EIA process
• Purpose and aims of EIA
• When site assessment is required 
9) Municipal EIA process

10) Environmental Site Assessments 
• Background  and applications
11) Environmental Site Assessments – Phase I, Phase II, Phase III

12) Environmental Site Assessments – Phase I, Phase II, Phase III

Mode of Instruction
On-Line Delivery
This course is delivered online and  involves the use of digital materials, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Online articles (tbd)

Student Progression and Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academics-and-student-services.html) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
English Proficiency

  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca
Minimum Pass Details : 50%

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
On-Line Delivery  
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 20%
Assignment 3 20%
Assignment 4 40%

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Other Evaluation Considerations
The student is expected to comply with the Safety Rules for working in the laboratory, sign the safety contract, and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR CONTACT LENSES  in the laboratory.  The student will know where all safety equipment is located in the laboratory and will be familiar with WHMIS concepts and signage.


Approved by: Sharon Estok