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48850 Environmental Planning and Law

6cp
Requisite(s): 87 credit points of completed study in C10061 Bachelor of Engineering Diploma Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10062 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Arts International Studies Diploma Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10063 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Arts International Studies OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10065 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Business OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10066 Bachelor of Engineering Science OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10067 Bachelor of Engineering OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10068 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Business Diploma Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10073 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Science OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10074 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Science Diploma Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10075 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Medical Science OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10076 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Medical Science Diploma Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10078 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Biotechnology OR 87 credit points of completed study in C10079 Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Biotechnology Diploma Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09067 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09069 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Arts International Studies Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09068 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Arts International Studies OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09070 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09066 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09071 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09072 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Science OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09073 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Science Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09074 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Medical Science
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
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Fields of practice: Environmental Engineering program


Undergraduate

Description

The objectives of this subject are: to introduce key environmental law relating to water, waste, energy and land use issues; to give a sound understanding of the history of planning with particular emphasis being placed on the NSW experience; to develop awareness of planning legislation in NSW and the need to engineer within the constraints of that legislation; to provide knowledge of the planning process and constraints on land use planning; to develop skills to identify and deal with legal problems confronting engineers in industry; to develop the capacity to communicate in both written and verbal form when dealing with legal matters relating to the environment and land use planning; and to equip students with the skills necessary to deal with legal issues in the absence of detailed lecture material. This helps students to know when to ask questions or seek professional legal advice and to introduce them to the operation of the Land and Environment Court of NSW. Students cover the following topics.

  • Environmental law: the operation of the Environment Protection Authority of NSW, water and waste legislation (Clean Waters Act, Waste Minimisation Act), air and noise legislation (Clean Air Act, Noise Control Act), miscellaneous environmental legislation addressing pollution issues (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Act, Sydney Water Corporatisation Act), and selected court decisions relating to pollution and land use issues (Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997).
  • Environmental planning: evolution of human settlement, NSW environmental planning legislation, urban planning and sustainability, planning the neighbourhood, development control processes and development control case studies, environmental studies, environmental impact assessment in NSW, project control and the environment.

Tutorial sessions are scheduled twice each week to discuss environmental law and planning issues using case studies. Students have to present a 10–15 minutes discussion paper on an environmental issue of an engineering nature, which assists in developing verbal communication skills and audiovisual equipment usage skills, as well as developing interdisciplinary teamwork skills.

Subject content is based upon the NSW environmental planning legislation and industry requirements for civil and environmental engineering graduates and future employees of planning authorities, such as the NSW Department of Planning and local government councils.

Tutorial exercises are based on workplace scenarios relating to ecologically sustainable development and development control. Actual workplace case studies are considered (Professional Practice).

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus


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