SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH222327
Module Leader Charles Russell
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module examines types of planning system used across the world and demonstrates the application of the Scottish and English systems in some detail. The role of sustainability in planning systems, in plan making and in implementation is investigated. The use of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) to protect the environment and the promotion of sustainable development through strategic environmental assessment (SEA) are demonstrated.


The development of cities The Scottish and English planning systems Other types of planning system in use across the World Sustainable settlements/transport/economic development/design/buildings Introduction to GIS EIA and the planning system Structure and background to EIAs Managing the preparation of an EIA Public participation SEA and the planning system Structure and background to SEAs SEA versus EIA Managing the preparation of a SEA Public participation SEA, EIA and sustainable development Planning appeals

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:-Evaluate the various planning procedures and mechanisms-Identify and appraise the principle planning regulations and guidelines, particularly relating to the need for EIA and SEA-Use techniques such as a Leopold Matrix and overlay to compare combinations of environmental impacts from various different project options-Carry out a screening and scoping exercise on a "live" project to determine if an EIA is necessary-Create a SEA policy for an appropriate sector (waste, energy, etc)-Evaluate the importance of public participation and consultation for both SEA and EIA processes-Critically appraise both EIA and SEA as tools to aid in the pursuit of sustainable development

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The delivery of the module is through lectures, seminars and site visits. The students will gain hands on experience of the process of EIA and learn the importance of public consultation through group discussion and presentations. Site visits will show the students real life planning applications, particularly in relation to regeneration and sustainability. Guest speakers will be used as appropriate.

Indicative Reading

Cullingworth, B. and Nadin, V. (2002, 13th edition) Town and Country Planning in the UK, Routledge, London. Scottish Executive (1999-2007) Scottish Planning Policies and Planning Advice Notes, Edinburgh. Rodgers, R. and Power, A. (2000) Cities for a Small Country, Faber and Faber, London. Glasson, Therivel and Chadwick. (2005) Introduction to Environmental Assessment, Routledge, London Morris and Therivel. (2009) Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment, Routledge London. Therviel Riki, Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action, Earthscan 2004. Jones Carys; Strategic Environmental Assessment and Landuse Planning, Earthscan, 2005. Ficher, Thomas The Theory and Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment-towards a more systematic approach EARTHSCAN 2007. Journals Journal of Environmental Management Scottish Planning and Environmental Law [346.41104505-Library use only] Environmantal Impact Assessment Review Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving Practical application of EIA tools Group Working skills Communication skills, written, oral and listening

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Planning Assessment
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% EIA & SEA