Delivered through blended learning, this Environmental Impact Assessment Programme is designed to provide a critical overview of the theory and practice of EIA as operated within Ireland and under international legislation.
Start Date18th October 2021
Course Duration4 months
Portobello Institute’s Environmental Assessment Programme is designed to provide a critical overview of the theory and practice of EIA as operated within Ireland and under international legislation. This course is recognised by Engineers Ireland (the Professional body for engineers and engineering in Ireland) and is delivered online with supporting webinars one evening a week over the duration of four months, allowing you to fit your study around your busy working life.
There are a wide range of issues currently facing organisations in the whole area of Environmental Impact Assessment. These include: process and best practice, practical requirements, the legislative framework and cost benefit analysis among others.
This Environmental Impact Assessment Programme gives you a broad understanding of the process and best practice for EIA and provides you with the skills needed to manage, understand and oversee the creation of an EIA for your organisation.
Why should I study this course?
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an increasingly important element of European Union environmental policy. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process ensures that projects which are likely to have an effect on the environment are assessed in advance so that people are aware of what those effects are likely to be. EU policy provides that an EIA must be conducted by a ‘qualified expert’.
This Programme will provide you with an Understanding of the process and best practice for EIA and relate them to current best procedures in Ireland operating under relevant EU Directives. You will identify and evaluate an appropriate environmental policy for a project/organisation and understand the specialist roles in the EIA process. You will learn to manage, understand and oversee the creation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
This programme will also allow assessors of completed EIA’s to make sure they comply with EU standards and will give them an understanding of the benchmark standards the reports should be working to. Developed by a team highly knowledgeable specialists in Environmental Impact Assessment, each module provides participants with a fundamental understanding of EIA from a local, national and international perspective.
Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completion of the course you will hold a Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment.
Engineers Ireland (EI) credit this course as a CPD approved programme for EI Members
The Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) counts towards CIEEM’s CPD requirement for members. IEEM is the professional body that represents and supports ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad.
The Institute of Archaelogists of Ireland (IAI) recognises that members who successfully complete this course are eligible for CPD points under the IAI CPD framework.
What will I study during this Environmental Impact Assessment (Oct ’21) course?
During this course you will study the following topics;
Human Health Impact Assessment
Legal Framework and Guidance
Landscape and Visual – Architectural Planning, Landscape Character and Impacts & Built environment – case studies
Built environment & Archaeology
Natural Environment, Ecology, Habitats, Flora
Geology Soils and water and natural environment
Risk Assessment and case study
Physical Environment – Waste
Socio and economic effect and influences
Who will I learn from?
Personal Academic Tutor
This course is delivered by a group of experts in EIA. All tutors bring a wealth of industry experience and knowledge for the classroom.
Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.
This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.
How will I learn?
The Difference between Blended and Online with Webinars Delivery Modes
There are two delivery mode options to study facilities management courses in Portobello Institute.
Blended learning offers you the opportunity to study with lectures delivered on-site at the weekends. This condensed scheduling is specifically designed to fit into your life as a working facilities management professional.
It also makes studying a degree more accessible if you live outside of Dublin.
All online only lectures are recorded for you to catch-up later. Where lectures are delivered onsite – these will simultaneously be delivered online and will also be recorded so you can customise your learning journey – attend on-site, online, or catch-up later.
Online with Webinars – you will not be required to attend on-site lectures if you are enrolled on a course with this delivery mode. All lectures are delivered online and are recorded so you can catch-up later.
Having the flexibility to choose whether you attend a lecture as it is taking place or to catch up later means you can seamlessly access and fit education into your life whilst still continuing with your everyday life.
This is a blended learning course, a mix between online learning and webinars. Webinars are delivered one evening a week to deliver course content and support you with your online learning.
What is a Webinar?
A webinar, in the context of online learning, is a lecturer delivering a presentation or class online to a group of students. We use specifically designed e-learning software so you can participate in the class just as if you were present in the same room. You can ask a question of the lecturer at any stage during the class. The software is designed with “break-out rooms” where you can discuss a topic or complete a group exercise with a smaller group from your class. You will need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that has internet connection, an audio facility so you can hear and speak during the class and a camera so your lecturer and fellow class participants can see you. The webinar is a secure online environment and only those permitted entry by the lecturer can gain access to the “classroom”. Webinars are recorded during each session and should you miss a session, you can catch up with the recorded session at a later date.
You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapy practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.
How will I be assessed?
Assignments are work-based, reflecting live business projects and activities. These are the core assessment techniques used for this qualification.
This course prepares students for a variety of careers in environmental consultancy and is also suitable for health workers, developers, planners, architects, environmentalists, geologists, ecologists, and archaeologists who would like to expand their knowledge in the area.
Speak to an expert
Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.
It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.
Jacky de Vries
Creative, energetic and not afraid to get outside my comfort zone.
I love helping people and having this job allows me to guide people in the right direction so they can follow the career they want.
How long have you worked in the Facility Sector?
After numerous years in the Hospitality sector, I worked for almost 4 years in the Facility Management sector.
What inspires you about working in education?
Being able to help someone improve and progress to a career they are passionate about has been an important motivator for me to start my career in education.
Author Henry B. Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” Or, as teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe put it, “I touch the future: I teach.”
Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?
The story of a professor handing out a paper with just a black dot. He asked the students to write an essay about what they saw. When they handed in the papers, he saw that all students wrote an essay about the black dot. He told them that the same happens in life. We focus on the things that bother us, the disappointments in life. But the dots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives. Take your eyes away from the black dots and enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!
How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?
Today’s jobs are more sophisticated, and employers are expecting more with respect to skill, complexity, and specialization. I know that college level experiences provide exposure to a variety of topics that will help students expand their horizons. Being able to be part of and support the education and wellbeing of students, the current workforce and the workforce of the future I find very fulfilling.
How do I apply?
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.
Fees & Payment Options
Easy Payment Plan
Deposit of 30% upon booking. Balance paid in 3 instalments commencing the 1st of the month after the course starts. All additional fees such as instalment fees etc. are included in the easy payment plan.
Deposit + 3 Instalments
- €744.33 due on 1st January 2022.
- €744.33 due on 1st February 2022.
- €744.33 due on 1st March 2022.