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Associate Degree in Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 128 points, including all residential school requirements.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

This course provides parks, recreation and heritage related studies aimed at the management of national parks, recreation parks, Aboriginal and historic sites, urban parks and wildlife management.

This course provides professionally-oriented management studies suitable for those working or wishing to work in national parks, recreation parks, Aboriginal and historic sites, urban parks and wildlife management.

Learning facilities

To make sure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include:

  • a range of field-based equipment and software relevant to undertaking field study exercises
  • fully equipped laboratory facilities
  • a library that covers a broad range of natural and cultural management literature.

Your course is recognised by industry

This course is recognised by every conservation agency in Australia.

Residential school

Many subjects have a compulsory residential school of two to four days duration.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

The course gives you the opportunity to work as a technical officer or field officer in a wide range of areas including parks and other protected areas. This course articulates with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) which means subjects in the Associate Degree are fully recognised in the Bachelor degree. When you complete the Associate Degree you will be able to enrol in the Bachelor degree to give you a much broader range of options when you graduate.

Course structure

The course consists of:

  • Core studies (112 points; 14 subjects)
  • Restricted elective subjects (16 points; 2 subjects)

Core subjects
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
ENM109 Workplace Preparation
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
ENM309 Environmental Management - Admin and Practice
GEO164 Earth System Processes
PKM105 People and Places – Social Science Dimensions
PKM260 Interpretive Planning
PKM266 Cultural Resource Management
PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management
REC167 Leadership and Communication
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

Restricted elective subjects
GEO360 Catchment Management through Community Development
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
REC205 Open Space Planning
SPA115 Principles of GIS
PKM366 Site Survey Design
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management

Enrolment pattern

Normally Four years by part-time Distance Education study

Note: students can decrease the length of time it takes to do the degree by taking some of the limited number of subjects that are available in semester 3 (90).

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
REC167 Leadership and Communication
ENM109 Workplace Preparation

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

Year 1 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:

ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
PKM260 Interpretive Planning
PKM105 People and Places – Social Science Dimensions

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
PKM266 Cultural Resource Management
ENM163 Natural Resource Management

Year 2 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:

ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
GEO164 Earth System Processes
[ ] Restricted elective

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
[ ] Restricted elective

Year 3 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:

ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field Study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 4 Session 1 (30)
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)

Year 4 Session 2 (60)
PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

4 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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