Environmental Impact Assessment

(Course Code: 223KEY, Course outline)

Semester: 8 Teaching Credits: 4 ECTS Credits: 6 Type:

Optional Compulsory

Prerequisite Courses: Course type: Special background Instructor: Evangelinos KonstantinosBalis Marios

The aim of the course is to utilize the knowledge that students acquire in the specialized (focused) courses of the individual components of environmental issues. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to approach a project following a typical methodology of environmental impact assessment. Skills more widely needed by the professional Environmentalist regardless of his / her possible involvement in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment.

In particular, the methodological and institutional framework governing of preparation and approval of EIA are given. Students are trained in data retrieval and reporting, in identifying critical points of environmental interest, in evaluating alternatives and in searching for suggested solutions – environmental measures. The environmentally integrated (holistic) perception is practically applied.

Topics per Week: The course is structured in 13 weeks with a three-hour theory, a three-hour workshop to support weekly exercises:

  • Course objectives and structure. Basic concepts and environmental impact assessment as an essential necessity but also as legal compliance.
  • Typical flow – stages in Environmental Impact Assessment. Categorization of projects based on institutional framework and differences in the process.
  • Understanding of the proposed project. Understanding the technical description of projects or general interventions (spatial / development plans).
  • Outline and cartographic backgrounds of the study area. Search for sources and extract information from online sources.
  • Description of the project environment (intervention). Search for sources of information. Capture of environmental parameters (geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere) and existing pressures (human population, activities, infrastructure & networks).
  • Continuation of 5 & Special Ecological Assessment.
  • Relation of project with environment. Study of typical cases to determine potential effects.
  • Continuation of 7 with case studies.
  • Measures to deal with expected effects. Provisions of legislation per case.
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment. Transition from project level to macro scale.
  • Impact minimization design during the preliminary planning phase. Case study: Landfill location siting.
  • Alternative planning scenarios and evaluation based on environmental and economic-technical criteria.
  • Transfer of professional experience in the field of consultancy services. Presentation by visiting professional consultant.
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:
  • Weekly Exercises (60% of the grade)
  • Final examination on the review of an Environmental Impact Study (40% of the grade)
Basic Textbook:
  • Βαγιωνά Δήμητρα (2018), Μελέτες Περιβαλλοντικών Επιπτώσεων, ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΔΙΣΙΓΜΑ
  • Κούγκολος Αθανάσιος, Σαμολαδά Μαρία (2017), Νομοθεσία για την Προστασία του Περιβάλλοντος, ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΤΖΙΟΛΑΣ


The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.

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