Environmental Impact Assessment

Program Presentation

The assessment of environmental impact is a basic concept for the environmental manager, because it represents a forecasting tool to gauge the consequences that an activity will have on the environment from the planning and project phase to completion.

From a practical approach, the Environmental Impact Assessment program provides guidelines for optimally performing Environmental Impact activity using different methodologies, according to the steps set by current legislation.

Who is the programme for?

The Environmental Impact Assessment program is especially designed to satisfy two different groups:

  • People without a university degree who may want quality training in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates who, in addition to their current education, would like a practical specialization in environmental impact assessment to expand their job opportunities.

Diploma

After successfully completing the program, the student will receive a Diploma awarded by the University where they have enrolled with the patronage of the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

The estimated duration of the Environmental Impact Assessment program is 100 hours (10 credits)1.

With regard to the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being a distance learning program and not subject to instructor-led classes, a specific beginning date is not set, and so the student can register at any time, provided that there are spaces available.
  • For academic and learning reasons, the Program’s duration will have a minimum of one month.
  • The maximum time to complete the program is three months. During this period of time, the student should have handed in the evaluation corresponding to the subject.
  • The credit structure of the Environmental Impact Assessment program is collected in the following table:
  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subject 10 3 100

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that awards the degree
b. Duration in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To acquire the basic skills needed to perform an Environmental Impact Assessment by studying various existing methods of quantification and procedures.

Specific objectives:

  • To understand the legal definitions necessary to relate and quantify the impact that an activity may have on the environment.
  • To classify different impacts on the environment based on criteria and the corresponding ratios.
  • To implement the most common methodologies for the study of possible environmental changes.
  • To understand the references to administrative procedures needed for writing an environmental impact statement.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities for Environmental Impact Assessment are:

  • Technical Evaluator of Environmental Impacts.
  • Occupation in city council as an environmental technician.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Environmental Impact Assessment program is comprised of one subject, including case studies related to this field.

The course allows students to learn and comprehend, first, the theoretical, conceptual and historical principles involved in environmental impact assessment, and second, its organizational, social, and technological implications.

The objective is for the student to acquire a complete vision on environmental impact from the point of view of sustainability, through related multidisciplinary subjects.

The chapters that comprise each subject are shown in the following table:

# CHAPTERS
1 Definitions and basic concepts
2 Typology and characterization of impacts
3 Content and general methodology of the EIA
4 Other methods of impact identification and assessment
5 EIA in different countries
6 Case studies

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI)

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver.Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.