Course syllabus

Environmental Impact Assessment

FMIN45, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2019/20
Decided by: PLED W
Date of Decision: 2019-04-01

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Elective for: L4-fr, W4-ms
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The general aim of the course is that students should acquire knowledge about the use of Environmental Impact Assessment in planning and decision-making, that they should be stimulated to discuss the possibilities and limitations of Environmental Impact Assessment, and that they should train their skills in critical thinking, in identifying and defining a problem and in writing scientific reports.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course highlights how Environmental Impact Assessment has developed and is used in Sweden as a tool to provide the general public and decision makers with a preliminary assessment of probable effects on health, environment and society of alternative actions, related to decisions regarding legislation, aims/policy, programmes and projects/activities.

The course discusses the prerequisites and forms for using Environmental Impact Assessment of effects from projects, EIA in the Swedish planning and decision-making system. The course also deals with assessment of environmental effects of certain plans and programmes: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

The instruction consists of lectures, seminars, simulation, role-play, practical exercises in Environmental Impact Assessment and quality control, study visits/field work. Part of the course content is discussed at literature seminars. By taking part in the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment, the course participants train both their ability to plan and perform a group project and the use of different methods in EIA.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Assessment of the student’s work is made during exercises, seminars, and presentations. An EIA-exercise is carried out in groups, and reported both orally and in writing. Participation in seminars and presentations is mandatory. The final grade is based half on the Environmental Impact Asessment report and half on the written exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: Minimum 130 credits within the program.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMI085, FMIN10, TFRN55, FMIN40

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Contact and other information

Course administrator: Astrid Byrman,
Course coordinator: Jamil Khan,
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