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Graduate Diploma of Ornithology

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points for the Graduate Certificate and 64 points for the Graduate Diploma (comprising 32 points of credit awarded for the Graduate Certificate and 32 points completed during enrolment in the Graduate Diploma).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Ornithology program caters for both professional and amateur ornithologists who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge whilst attaining a recognised tertiary qualification.

About the course

These two articulated courses are the only specialised postgraduate courses in Australia in the field of ornithology. The courses combine theory and practice with an emphasis on Australian birds.

The aims of these courses are to:

  • provide detailed and current knowledge of bird ecology, including foraging and breeding, social organisation, bird movement and birds as 'environmental indicators'
  • provide an overview of the origin, evolution and systematics of birds focusing on recent developments in this dynamic field
  • critically investigate current approaches to bird conservation, including reintroduction programs
  • provide an understanding of the principles of captive avian management, including husbandry, nutrition, breeding requirements, health and disease and record keeping
  • provide a comprehensive review of two selected bird groups, including evolution, taxonomy, biology and ecology and conservation status
  • provide an integrated framework for assessing and implementing appropriate management and conservation strategies and technologies
  • further enhance the problem solving/thinking/research skills of graduates to enhance their leadership potential
  • provide the opportunity for individuals to carry out major reviews or small projects in areas of specific interest to them or their organisation

Residential school

Students of the Graduate Certificate are required to attend compulsory residential schools for each subject. Residential schools are scheduled to allow students to attend two residential school subjects back to back.

The additional four subjects undertaken as part of the Diploma do not have residential schools.

Distance education students studying only one subject per semester may choose to attend residential schools ahead of subject commencement to reduce the amount of travel required.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma of Ornithology consists of a pool of ten subjects, from which students must select eight (64 points).

The first four subjects (32 points) are compulsory for all students and must be completed whilst students are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Ornithology

BIO430 Avian Biology
BIO431 Avian Systematics
BIO432 Ecology and Conservation of Birds
BIO433 Ornithological Methods

The remaining four subjects (32 points) are completed at Graduate Diploma level. Students select four subjects from a pool of ten. Two subjects should be chosen from the skills subject list.

Skills subject list:

BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation
SPA415 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
GEO513 River Hydrology and Geomorphology
BIO521 Restoration Ecology
ENM413 Field Study in Environmental Management

Ornithology subject list:

BIO437 Captive Breeding and Reintroduction of Birds
BIO410 Landscape Ecology of Birds
BIO439 Avian Behavioural Ecology
BIO480 Ecology and Conservation of Waterbirds

Enrolment pattern

Graduate Certificate

Year 1 Session 30

BIO433 Ornithological Methods
BIO431 Avian Systematics

Year 1 Session 60

BIO432 Ecology and Conservation of Birds
BIO430 Avian Biology

With 32 point students may opt to exit at this point with the Graduate Certificate in Ornithology.

Graduate Diploma

A further 4 subjects (32 points., 2 subjects (16 points) to be selected from the skills subject list and 2 subjects(16 points) to be selected from the ornithology subject list

Subjects offered in Session 30

BIO437 Captive Breeding and Reintroduction of Birds
BIO480 Ecology and Conservation of Waterbirds
GEO513 River Hydrology and Geomorphology
SPA415 Principles of GIS
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis

Subjects offered in Session 60

BIO410 Landscape Ecology of Birds
BIO439 Avian Behavioural Ecology
BIO521 Restoration Ecology
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

Subjects offered in Session 90

It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
BIO521 Restoration Ecology
ENM413 Field Study in Environmental Management

Articulation

The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate make up an articulated set of courses. Credit is given in the Graduate Diploma for the four subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

Graduate Diploma: 2 years
Graduate Certificate: 1 year

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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