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Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

Students will graduate from the Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) with the award BAppSc(ParksRec&Herit).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) aims to produce graduates who can apply basic scientific principles to the management of Australia's natural and cultural resources for the purpose of conservation and recreation.

CSU's Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) has been training rangers for more than 30 years. With the continued involvement of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to develop the course, we know the key skills that all rangers require - a strong understanding of the environment around us, and the ability to interact with the human element. This is so that national parks can be enjoyed by as many people as possible, while at the same time some of the most unique environments on earth are conserved and protected.

What will I learn?

The course focuses strongly on field instruction and real-world situations. Studies in ecology, wildlife management, vegetation management and the earth sciences are complemented by studies of the human dimension to help you understand your role in conserving and protecting the natural environment, because you can't manage the environment if you can't manage people.

This course includes practical experience through workplace learning.

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

The course is recognised by every conservation agency in Australia.

Residential school

Many subjects have a compulsory residential school of two to four days duration for distance education students.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Graduates gain positions with national park agencies as well as many other environmental industries to become:

  • national park rangers
  • wildlife officers
  • environmental planners
  • heritage officers
  • land care and catchment management officers
  • recreation planners
  • environmental consultants

Course structure

The course comprises 16 core subjects (128 points) which include 2 professional practice subjects, a 4 subject minor (32 points), a selected elective sequence of three or four subjects (24 - 32 points) and one free elective.

CORE SUBJECTS

BIO112 Principles of Ecology
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
GEO164 Earth System Processes
ENM109 Workplace Preparation
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
ENM309 Environmental Management Administration and Practice
PKM105 People and Places - Social Science Dimensions
PKM260 Interpretive Planning
PKM266 Cultural Resource Management
PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management
PKM307 Environmental Planning
REC167 Leadership and Communication
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
REC205 Open Space Planning
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation
SPA115 Principles of Geographic Information Systems

MINOR

Students must do ONE 32 point minor selected from the following:

Wildlife and Conservation

32 points from the following:
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
BIO216 Conservation Biology
BIO312 Landscape Ecology
BIO328 Restoration Ecology

Indigenous and Cultural Heritage

32 points from the following:
PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policy and Planning (16 points)
PKM366 Site Survey Design
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management

Visitor Services and Open Space Management

32 points from the following:
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk
PKM302 Philosophy of Outdoor Education
PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
REC260 Australian Leisure Product
REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism

Elective sequence - students choose a group of three to four subjects (24 to 32 points), not already chosen from one of the minors listed above.

Students who complete only 3 subjects for their Elective Sequence may also choose one Free elective (8 points) any subject offered by CSU at level 2 or 3.

Enrolment pattern

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 summer (semester 90).

Full time Study

Year 1 Session 1 (30)

GEO164 Earth System Processes
ENM109 Workplace Preparation
PKM105 People and Places - Social Science Dimensions
REC167 Leadership and Communication

Year 1 Session 2 (60)

BIO112 Principles of Ecology
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism

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
REC205 Open Space Planning
Minor OR Elective sequence subject
Minor OR Elective sequence subject

Year 2 Session 2 (60)

PKM266 Cultural Resource Management
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
Minor OR Elective sequence subject
Minor OR Elective sequence subject

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)

PKM307 Environmental Planning
SPA115 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Elective sequence subject OR Minor
Elective sequence subject OR Minor OR Free Elective

Year 3 Session 2 (60)

PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management
ENM309 Environmental Management Administration and Practice
Elective sequence subject OR Minor
Elective sequence subject OR Minor OR Free Elective

Part Time Study

Year 1 Session 1 (30)

GEO164 Earth System Processes
ENM109 Workplace Preparation

Year 1 Session 2 (60)

BIO112 Principles of Ecology
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism

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)

PKM105 People and Places - Social Science Dimensions
REC167 Recreation Leadership and Communication

Year 2 Session 2 (60)

ENM163 Natural Resource Management
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

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)

PKM260 Interpretive Planning
REC205 Open Space Planning

Year 3 Session 2 (60)

PKM266 Cultural Resource Management
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

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)

Minor
Minor

Year 4 Session 2 (60)

Minor
Minor

Year 4 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 5 Session 1 (30)

SPA115 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
PKM307 Environmental Planning

Year 5 Session 2 (60)

Elective Sequence OR Free Elective
PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management

Year 5 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 6 Session 1 (30)

Elective Sequence OR Free Elective
Elective Sequence

Year 6 Session 2 (60)

Elective Sequence
ENM309 Environmental Management Administration and Practice

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

  • 3 years full-time on campus
  • 6 years part-time on campus
  • 6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

70.00

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