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Short Course
on
Environmental Management
This course is based on the EIA regulations published in April 2017 and the updated guideline documents issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The publication of Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations in 1997 was the first step in the process of making environmental assessment part of day-to-day management in South Africa. It is important that all environmental managers, practitioners and administrators understand the rationale behind the EIA regulations, the processes involved in applying for an environmental authorisation, and the methods and techniques used for conducting environmental impact assessments.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of this short course is to equip participants with an understanding of the EIA regulations and the processes involved in applying for an environmental authorisation. The main objective of the course is to ensure that delegates comprehends the value of the EIA process in providing a reliable basis for sound decision making by meeting legal and other requirements. The course provides guidance to environmental managers of organisations involved in development, consultants involved in doing EIAs, and government officials that have to deal with and approve such assessments to: • Know which process to adopt for which proposal; • Manage the two EIA processes from inception to end; • Steer the process within the timeframes and financial constraints and avoid unnecessary work; • Meet the legal demands; and • Contribute to timely and efficient decision making

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
A Grade 12 Certificate as a minimum

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
 
1.  Scope of knowledge and knowledge literacy:-
A detailed knowledge and understanding of - 
•  Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes, terminologies, models and
•  how knowledge of EIA relates to applicable knowledge within the fields of environmental management.
.  Scope of knowledge and knowledge literacy:-
Demonstrated ability to:
•  Use and explain key processes, terminologies and models correctly; and
•  Indicate how EIA relates to environmental management in general.
 
2.  Method and procedure:-
The ability to correctly select, evaluate and effectively implement and apply recommended methodologies and approaches to:
•  Determine the applicable EIA processes, 
•  Identify and determine the significance of environmental impacts; and 
•  Draft an environmental management programme (EMP) in line with legal requirements
2.  Method and procedure:-
Demonstrated ability to use the provided instruments, techniques, registers and templates to:
•  Screen the proposed development to determine whether a basic assessment or full environmental impact assessment is required;
•  Determine the scope of the proposed development as it relates to the EIA process;
•  Manage the public participation process;
•  Identify and determine the significance of environmental impacts; and
•  Draft an EMP. 
 
3.  Problem solving:-
The ability to evaluate environmental impacts in unfamiliar contexts, and to formulate solutions to support the mitigation of impacts (as outlined in the EMP).
3.  Problem solving:-
Demonstrated ability to, within an unfamiliar context:
•  Solve the problem of identifying and evaluating environmental impacts; and
•  Draft the appropriate EIA reports/documents and EMP.
 
4.  Ethics and professional practice:-
An understanding of the ethical implications of decisions, actions and practices specifically relevant to environmental impact assessment, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and the specific requirements for environmental assessment practitioners (EAPs) in line with South African legislation.
4.  Ethics and professional practice:-
Demonstrated ability to formulate their own ethical perspectives on selected environmental scenarios.
 
5.  Accessing, processing and managing information:-
The basic research skills, such as gathering and verifying information from various sources provided, analysing and summarising key aspects and using the information to implement recommended methodologies and approaches.
5.  Accessing, processing and managing information:-
Demonstrated ability to utilise the resources provided to extract, analyse, summarise and/or apply the relevant information to solve the problems posed in the practical exercises.
 
6.  Producing and communicating information:-
The ability to develop and present accurate and coherent written and verbal information as a portfolio of evidence.
6.  Producing and communicating information:-
Demonstrated ability to effectively record and present diverse information generated as part of practical exercises in a written and verbal format.
 
7.  Context and systems/ processes:-
The ability to understand how the learning material offered in this course relate to contexts, other systems and/or processes and the interactions between these, to make decisions and act appropriately in familiar and new contexts; 
7.  Context and systems/ processes:-
•  Demonstrated understanding of how the NEMA EIA process interfaces and relates to authorisation processes mandated in terms of other applicable South African legislation;
 
8.  Management of learning:-
The ability to act as group member and/or a group leader to successfully complete the practical exercises and taking co-responsibility for learning progress and outcome realisation of the group; and
8.  Management of learning:-
Demonstrated ability to actively participate in group work and contribute to successfully completing practical exercises; and
 
9.  Accountability:-
The ability to monitor own learning progress, and apply relevant learning strategies and resources to successfully realise all outcomes of this course.
9.  Accountability:-
Demonstrated ability to achieve the learning objectives in an effective and expeditious manner.

 

Assessment: 
To be awarded a certificate of successful completion, participants require:- * a final participant assessment score of at least 60%; and * an examination score of at least 50%; and * course attendance of at least 80%; and * to have made payment in full. Participants who do not qualify for a certificate of successful completion may be awarded a letter of attendance should all requirements be met. To be awarded a letter of attendance participants require:- * a final participant assessment score of at least 50%; and * a sub-minimum Examination Score of at least 40%; and * course attendance of at least 80%, and * to have made payment in full.
Method of assessment: 
Formative and Summative

Additional information

A11 100 1
Mode of delivery: 
Contact
Target group: 
Environmental Practitioners
Duration: 
One session, 5 Days, 10 hours per day
Course Cost: 
R15,350.00
Contact us
Name: 
UCE
E-mail: 
Telephone number: 
018 285 2821 or 018 285 2546