Project Environmental Impact Assessment


Course Objective

After successfully completing this course the student:
• Is able to apply geographical information systems and
multicriteria analysis to a real-life case study;
• Obtained project management skills;
• Has a good overview of the tasks, roles and activities of
specialists working at consultancy firms and commercial research
• Knows the important do’s and don’ts for making tenders;
• Can write a research report that is client-oriented and
scientifically sound.

Course Content

In this course students will experience how commercial consultancy firms
operate. They organize their work in projects. During the course the
students have to deal with all relevant aspects of working in projects:
writing a tender (including cost estimation, time schedules), managing a
project (task divisions, communication, time writing, sending bills),
data management, analysis, reporting, presenting. There will be
introducing lectures, workshops, an excursion to the Vondelpark and
opportunities to get advice.

Teaching Methods

Students carry out an Environmental impact assessment in a group of
about six. By definition, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) have
an important spatial component. Most relevant steps of the EIA must be
taken, including the problem definition, choosing the relevant
alternatives (including the zero alternative and the most
environmentally friendly alternative), gathering data for an effects
table, setting up maps, ranking alternatives and writing a report. The
case study will deal with the Vondelpark's drainage system.

Method of Assessment

Students will be assessed on specific assignments: writing a tender (in
couples), process management (in groups of 5-7 students), the
environmental impact assessment report and presentation .
Details about the assignment are in the study manual.The students will
be assessd.

Entry Requirements

Students must have followed Empirical Methods for Spatial Policy
(AM_450401) and Assessing the Landscape (AM_450404).


Vondelpark. (2011, March 6). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Retrieved 11:02, March 11, 2011, from
An introductory text about the study area.
Van Herwijnen, and Janssen, R. (2004) Software support for multi-
criteria decision making. In Sustainable Management of Water Resources:
an integrated approach. Giupponi C., Jakeman T., & Kasserberg D.,
(eds.), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. Available from Google Books.
An introductory text about DEFINITE.
Janssen, R. (2001). On the use of multi-criteria analysis in
environmental impact assessment in the Netherlands. Journal of multi-
criteria decision analysis, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 101-109.
Use of multi-criteria analysis in practice. Selection of alternatives
and evaluation criteria. Application issues and pitfalls.
Van Drunen, M., R. Janssen and N Groenendijk (2001). Interactive
tutorial evaluation methods. IVM/Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam,
Universiteit Twente, Enschede.
This is a tutorial that can be run from any computer using Windows
Explorer. Go to:
analysis/DEFINITE/index.asp scroll down to Tutorial. Read the
instructions. Click on: DEFINITE tutorials, Download and unzip the
files. Run: Evaluationmethods 1 UK.exe. This tutorial teaches you the
basics of multicriteria analysis (and cost-benefit analysis). If you are
short on time you could do lessons 1-5 and 11 only.

Additional Information

Wouter Wuite MSc

General Information

Course Code AM_450406
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. M.P. Bokhorst
Examiner dr. M.P. Bokhorst
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Computer lab, Excursion
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