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Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)

  • G1062GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

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Title Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Course Code G1062
Study Level Graduate Diploma
School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Jonathan Whale | Email: J.Whale@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2102

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv) (Energy, Emissions and Environment)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
International Online (Australia) ['INT-ONLINE'] (external) (International offshore students only)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This diploma is directed to the interface between energy and carbon studies and environmental impact assessment and is intended to provide graduate training for Australian and international professionals working, or wishing to work, in the areas of climate change management or sustainable energy and environmental management. There are two specialisations in this Diploma:
(i) Climate Change Management
(ii) Energy, Emissions and Environment
Recent significant changes in the global climate change policy environment have meant a shift to a broader range of adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. This is driving a demand for professionals with climate change skills across the Asia Pacific region and in Australia and the Climate Change Management Specialisation is designed in collaboration with industry to address this demand.
The Energy, Emissions and Environment is specifically targeted to address the ongoing demand for the use of sustainable energy and the need for environmental management of such projects. This specialisation is interdisciplinary in nature, consisting of units drawn from the areas of energy studies and environmental impact assessment. Students can complete the course with a focus upon the policy and/or the scientific aspects of the environmental management of the energy industry.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) or higher, or equivalent training, or professional experience in a related area.

Some of the units taken assume some prior knowledge, details of which are given in the description of each unit in the Handbook. The most common of these is the Physics prerequisite for units such as Energy in Society, Energy Management, Energy Systems and Energy Efficient Buildings. Some students may therefore need to complete additional prerequisite units.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements This course is available to external students anywhere in the world who wish to study off campus by using on-line facilities. Assistance is provided by tutors, using telephone, email, or the Internet. When studied in the external mode, some attendance may be required for some Environmental Science units.
Course Learning Outcomes Graduates of this Graduate Diploma will have:
Advanced knowledge in a growing professional area concerning the impact of climate change on economic sectors and ecosystems to provide depth in understanding of approaches that can assist to meet the challenges posed by climate change.
Advanced knowledge about holistic approaches to sustainable energy development, the role of renewable energy technologies, the assessment of the environmental impacts associated with energy systems, and the management of those impacts.
Technical skills to use downscaling climate modelling tools to predict climate change impacts on different economic sectors.
Technical skills in spatial data analysis using graphical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing for the purposes of environmental management and planning.
Cognitive skills to think critically and creatively in order to design options for mitigating or adapting to climate change.
Cognitive skills in collecting, analysing, interpreting and reporting data from environmental monitoring programs and identifying and providing solutions to environmental concerns.
Communication skills to explain the predicted global and regional climate changes due to human induced global warming and their predicted impacts to a variety of audiences and discuss how to develop more climate resilient, decarbonised communities.
Communication skills to explain environmental decision-making for the purpose of public engagement with relation to environmental assessment and management.
Graduates of this Graduate Diploma will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
To identify and rank the potential climate change impacts and risks for a company and develop and implement an adaptation plan.
To report on the energy consumption and carbon emissions of a company in compliance with Federal legislation and to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate an energy and carbon management program for a company.
To make high level, independent judgements in developing energy and climate change policy for corporate or government entities.
To conduct a feasibility study for a company concerning the incorporation of renewable energy technologies and in particular design a hybrid solar photovoltaic and battery system in accordance with industry accredited practice.
Employment Prospects Graduates can expect to gain employment in power generation companies, renewable energy manufacturing and installation companies, international aid organisations, government departments, energy efficiency and environmental consultancies, university and private industry research organisations.
Professional Recognition Those students who take the Energy, Emissions and Environment specialisation and successfully complete the unit PEN590 Energy Systems will be eligible for provisional accreditation from the Clean Energy Council for design of stand-alone photovoltaic systems.
Main research areas Renewable energy, remote area power supply systems, components and monitoring, energy management, solar cells, wind turbines, energy policy and economics, environmental impact assessment, climate change and carbon management.
Further Study Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma may apply for direct admission to the one year Master of Environmental Science or direct admission to the second year of the Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Climate Change Management Specialisation

Course structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 15 credit points

PEN502 Climate Change Impact Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN503 Climate Change Adaptation and Strategy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN504 Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Life Cycle Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN597 Climate Change Science and Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV680 Climate Change Adaptation: Ecosystems and Societies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 9 credit points

In choosing Specified Electives from the Energy Studies units or Environmental Science units, please note that only one (1) unit at 600-level can be chosen.

Energy Studies Units - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

PEN594 Energy Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN592 Energy in Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

PEN598 Carbon Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

Environmental Science Units - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

ENV552 Comparative Environmental Policy and Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENV536 Engaging with a Sustainable Future - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENV558 Environmental Monitoring - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENV617 Sustainability Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV684 Modelling the Environment - 3 points
Not available this year

Energy, Emissions and Environment Specialisation

Course Structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 3 credit points

PEN592 Energy in Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

Specified Electives - 21 credit points

Energy Studies Units - 9 or 12 credit points

Select 9 or 12 credit points from the following:

PEN594 Energy Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN587 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN598 Carbon Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

PEN504 Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Life Cycle Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN590 Energy Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN591 Energy Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN597 Climate Change Science and Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN593 Energy Economics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Environmental Science Units - 9 or 12 credit points

Select 9 or 12 credit points from the following:

ENV557 Environmental Assessment and Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV552 Comparative Environmental Policy and Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENV558 Environmental Monitoring - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENV684 Modelling the Environment - 3 points
Not available this year

ENV616 Environmental Policy for the 21st Century - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV556 Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV303 GIS for Environmental Management and Planning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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