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Master of Environmental Management

Graduation requirements

To graduate with the Master of Environmental Management, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

To graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

To exit with the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Master of Environmental Management seeks to develop an integrated approach to theory and practice, with an emphasis on landscape and land system rehabilitation and restoration.

There is significant evidence within Australia of land and stream degradation associated with broadacre and intensive agriculture, mining and a range of less than optimal land management practices. Both agricultural production and off-park ecosystems are being threatened by processes such as salination, rising water tables, etc. caused by overclearing of woodlands.

Significant national, state and regional resources are being directed towards initiatives to restore and repair degraded landscapes and address environmental management issues including degradation problems and the economic losses associated with degradation.

These environmental management courses seek to develop an integrated approach to theory and practice, with an emphasis on landscape/land system rehabilitation and restoration as well as localised site disturbances. Alternative subject choices enable students to specialise in practical aspects of conservation or management skills.

These courses aim to provide students with the following knowledge, attitudes and skills:

  • a rationale for sustainable and efficient environmental practice based on an understanding of: important scientific and ecological principles; the social, economic and political framework; environmental policy, planning and assessment requirements; and the theory related to conservation, management and rehabilitation of habitats and threatened landscapes
  • an integrated framework for assessing environmental issues and technology and their components
  • a capacity to identify and respond to a range of critical environmental management and rehabilitation issues
  • an understanding of the complex nature of most environmental issues, involving an interdisciplinary approach to environmental management and restoration issues
  • an understanding that most environmental management and restoration issues involve a large number of stakeholders who are likely to have different values and needs
  • to become custodians of sustainable use of Australia???s resources by becoming community leaders in environmental management and restoration
  • problem solving/thinking skills in specific environmental management/rehabilitation contexts
  • management, rehabilitation and evaluation strategies for effective environmental practice
  • effective use of field study techniques and methods
  • appropriate use of data sources, data collection and storage and critical data analysis
  • efficient use of computer technology and modelling
  • appropriate methods of communication, particularly report writing
  • cooperatively working as part of a small team

Exit points from the Master program are provided at the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma levels. This structure provides considerable flexibility allowing students to quickly gain the Environmental Management knowledge and qualification they need today, and to add to their credentials at a later date if necessary.

There may be a practical component associated with this course, depending on subjects selected.

Residential school

Some subjects in this course have a compulsory residential school requirement which requires attendance at Albury-Wodonga or Wagga Wagga campuses for between two and four days duration.

Course structure

The course consists of twelve subjects for the Master degree, the first four comprise the Graduate Certificate exit point and the first eight comprise the Graduate Diploma exit point. Subjects can be substituted with the approval of the Course Coordinator

Students entering the course from the Master's stream of the Bachelor of Environmental Science (with specialisations) will have completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate (exit point) and will enrol in subjects listed under Graduate Diploma (exit point) but will not be able to graduate with the Graduate Certificate.

Other students entering the Master of Environmental Management without the Master stream of the Bachelor of Environmental Science (with specialisations) or equivalent must enrol in subjects listed under the Graduate Certificate course structure.

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (exit point)

Students select subjects (32 points) from the list below. Note students wishing to exit with a graduate certificate level must choose only post-graduate subjects (i.e. code numbers >400) unless they have permission from the course director.

AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
BIO312 Landscape Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16)
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16)
BIO521 Restoration Ecology
BIO401 River and Floodplain Ecology
BIO402 River Protection and Restoration
BIO461 Applied Ecological Conservation
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
ENM413 Field Study in Environmental Management
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
PKM307 Environmental Planning
PSC420 Water Policy and Management
SPA415 Principles of GIS
SPA405 Image Analysis
SPA406 GIS Applications

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management (exit point)

Students select subjects (64 points) from the list below. Note students wishing to exit with a graduate diploma can only have a maximum of 2 undergraduate subjects unless they have permission from the course director

AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
BIO416 Conservation Biology
BIO312 Landscape Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16)
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16)
BIO521 Restoration Ecology
BIO401 River and Floodplain Ecology
BIO402 River Protection and Restoration
BIO461 Applied Ecological Conservation
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
ENM413 Field Study in Environmental Management
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
PKM307 Environmental Planning
PSC420 Water Policy and Management
SPA415 Principles of GIS
SPA405 Image Analysis
SPA406 GIS Applications

Master of Environmental Management

In addition to the subjects completed for the Graduate Diploma (exit point only) students will complete

ENM433 People in the Global Environment
LAW530 Environmental Law and Management
PKM562 Environmental Policy
SPA512 Cartography & Data Visualisation

Subjects from the Master of Environmental Management course may be undertaken in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma exit points at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

Subjects from the Master of Environmental Management course maybe substituted with other subjects listed in the Graduate Diploma Environmental Management or the Graduate Diploma of Ornithology at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

Enrolment pattern

By part-time Distance Education study.

Subjects offered in Session 30

BIO416 Conservation Biology
BIO312 Landscape Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
BIO401 River and Floodplain Ecology
BIO461 Applied Ecological Conservation
PKM307 Environmental Planning
SPA415 Principles of GIS

Subjects offered in Session 60

AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
BIO402 River Protection and Restoration
BIO521 Restoration Ecology
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
PSC420 Water Policy and Management
SPA405 Image Analysis
SPA406 GIS Applications

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:

ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO521 Restoration Ecology
ENM413 Field Study in Environmental Management

Students may opt to exit after completion of 32 subject points with the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management qualification.

Students may opt to exit after completion of 64 subject points with the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management qualification.

Additional enrolment for Masters qualification

Session 30

PKM562 Environmental Policy
SPA512 Cartography & Data Visualisation

Session 60

ENM433 People in the Global Environment
LAW530 Environmental Law and Management

Or other subjects listed in the Graduate Diploma Environmental Management subject pool or the Graduate Diploma of Ornithology by approval from the Courses Director.

Articulation

The Graduate Certificate (exit point only) and Graduate Diploma (exit point only) articulate with the Master degree and credit is awarded in the Master degree for the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certficate subjects.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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