ENVS524-17A (HAM)

Environmental Evaluation

15 Points

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Te Kura Kete Aronui
School of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning

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Paper Description

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This paper explores the interface between science and environmental planning. Insight into the resource consent process, and the role of science in supporting sustainable resource management under the RMA is developed.

Topics covered include a case study related to a current resource consent application, the issues and agencies related to setting and implementing consent conditions, the underlying themes of sustainability and the role of science in managing impacts on the environment through the resource consent process are explored through the assignment work and supporting lectures.

The key RMA processes such as Regional and District Plan development and review, and the Resource Consent process often lead to situations of conflict and a need to balance a variety of data and opinions. There is also often a need to discern defensible science from "pseudo-science". Students will gain an insight into the Resource Consent process under the RMA and the role and limitations of science and scientists in ensuring sustainable management of our resources.

The paper is designed to help students develop skills and confidence in critical thinking and scientific data interpretation and application.

One of the objects of this paper is to teach people how to work in interdisciplinary teams that include people with skills in science, planning, Tikanga Māori, GIS and other skill sets that are increasingly important in the workplace. This paper includes some group work where students contribute according to their experience and particular skills, with planning and science students working together on a common project.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is composed of one two hour lecture/meeting per week.

Lecture Monday 10am – 12 noon room KG.06

Details of the lecture/meeting and fieldtrip programme will be made available to students in hard copy and via Moodle at the commencement of the paper. The programme may be subject to change at short notice to fit in with the needs of contributors from outside the University.

The paper is supported by learning resources accessed via Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Resource Consent Process and the various viewpoints of parties involved.
    Linked to the following assessments:
  • An appreciation of the role and limitations of science in setting meaningful, enforcable and unambiguous consent conditions.
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Assignment related to consent conditions (2)
    Test (3)
  • Insight into the role of science in the resource consent process to ensure the sustainable management of resources including; soil, water, and ecological resources. (Developed via the lecture programme and assesed through the test).
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Test (3)
  • Improved skills in technical writing, oral presentation, critical appraisal of scientific data, and literature review. (Developed and assessed in assignments 1 and 2 with advice provided during meetings and direct consultation with lecturers).
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Group project related to resource consent or plan change application (1)
    Assignment related to consent conditions (2)
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Assessment

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Detailed requirements for assessed work will be included in handouts and discussed in detail in class meetings. No word-limits are enforced in this paper, but students are reminded that concise, clear, writing is important.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 1:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 1:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Group project related to resource consent or plan change application
1 May 2017
10:00 AM
30
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Assignment related to consent conditions
29 May 2017
10:00 AM
30
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test
14 Jun 2017
10:00 AM
40
  • Other: Hand in at conclusion of test to test supervisor.
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Students are expected to be familiar with the sections of the RMA that relate to Resource Consents. A copy of the RMA is allowed in the test for reference. As this is a graduate paper students are expected to undertake their own literature search and research to find the material relevant to the particular topics that they research for the assignments.

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Online Support

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Online support will be provided via Moodle, which is accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper.

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Workload

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There are 12 two-hour lectures/meetings and there may be one fieldtrip of up to eight hours in length. This is a 15 point paper and students should plan on spending at least 150 hours of total time – i.e. 120 hours is expected to be devoted to completing assignment work and study for the test.

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ENVS521

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