Course syllabus

Miljösystemanalys; Miljökonsekvensbeskrivning
Environmental Systems Studies; Environmental Impact Assessment

TFRN55, 15 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for:
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2015-06-15

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements.
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 possiblities and limitations of Environmental Impact Assessment, and that they should be trained in critical thinking, identifying and defining a problem and writing reports and papers.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- Be able to desribe the aims, development, scope and methods for Environmental Impacts Assessment internationally and nationally.

- Be able to analyse critically the possibilities and limitations of Environmental Impact Assessment as a tool in the quest for sustainable development.

- Be familiar with the conditions and forms for a systematic use of Environmental Impact Assessment in the Swedish planning and decision-making system, and be able to contribute to a discussion of these matters.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

- Be able to apply different methods of an Environmental Impact Assessment.

- Be able to contribute to the performance of an Environmental Impact Assessment, making use of his/her own specialist knowledge.

- Present and discuss the conclusions reached in a debate with the target group of the chosen Environmental Impact Assessment.

- Be able to independently formulate and define a relevant problem within the field, make an analysis and present the work in the form of a scientific paper.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

- Show ability to reflect on his/her learning process.

- Show awareness of the complexity and rapid changes of the environmental tool, and in the possibilities and limitations of the chosen methods.


The course highlights how Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS) 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 descisions regarding legislation, aims/policy, programmes and projects/activities.

The course discusses the prerequisites and forms for using Environmental Impact Assessment o feffects from projects and 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, the writing of a paper, study visits/field work. Part of the course content is discussed in literature seminars. By taking part in the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment, the course participants are trained in the use of different methods. The indvidual paper comprises the application of EIA/SEA-related issues to deepen the knowledge within a more restricted field.

Examination details

Grading scale: UV
Assessment: Continuous assessment of the student's is made during exercises, seminars, discussions and presentations as well as in a written paper discussed at the final seminar. A Small written exam at mid-term. For the paper to be graded, the tutor should be able to follow the student's work process. Participation in seminars, presentations and study visits is mandatory. The final grade is based half on the individual paper and seminar, and half on the Environmental Impact Assessment report and individual quality assessment.

Code: ??004. Name: Examination Part 1.
Credits: 9. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved exercizes and written assignments including EIA report
Code: ??005. Name: Examination Part 2.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: UV. Assessment: Approved report and critical discussion


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MIV230, FMI085, FMIN10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Charlotte Malmgren,
Course coordinator: Jamil Khan,
Further information: Examination outside the course period (including defense of individual paper), can be arranged during exam periods.