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Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration (GradCertPAAdmin)


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Title Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration (GradCertPAAdmin)
Course Code C1129
Study Level Graduate Certificate
Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Halina Kobryn | Email: H.Kobryn@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2411

Qualification Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration (GradCertPAAdmin)
Duration 1 semester full-time or part-time equivalent; students commencing mid-year will need two semesters minimum enrolment to complete requirements
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This certificate course is designed to provide overseas and Australian middle level to senior protected area managers with up-to-date skills and knowledge in effectively administering protected areas. State-of-the-art information on managing human resources and complex organisations will be provided through practically oriented study. Students will also be able to build their expertise in monitoring, strategic assessment and system planning. This course is relevant to managers employed by public and private organisations managing lands and waters for biodiversity and other values.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Cognate Bachelor degree or equivalent workplace experience

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Some units may be delivered in intensive mode. Internet access is required for all students. Most of the units are available in Semester 1 so full-time students will need to undertake their study in this semester.
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge
* Understand how to optimize the administrative management of human and other resources to achieve effective, efficient protected area management.
* Know how to optimize the performance of park organisations and engage partners in times of change.
* Exhibit state-of-the art knowledge in decision-making and public engagement techniques for natural resource management.

* Undertake management of protected areas to achieve professional standards.
Application of Knowledge and Skills
* Implement human resource and organizational systems to enhance protected area management.
* Selectively deploy decision-making and public engagement skills.
Employment Prospects Employment by government park management agencies (e.g. Commonwealth Department of Environment, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife, Parks Victoria), environmental non-government organisations (e.g. Pew Foundation), private reserve managers (e.g. Bush Heritage Australia), Indigenous Protected Areas.
Professional Recognition The professional outcome is a Certificate in Protected Area Administration addressing key competency requirements identified internationally (by the IUCN WCPA) for protected area managers.
Main research areas Environmental science and management, ecology, business and management.
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.

Course Structure - 12 credit points

Core Units - 9 credit points

MBS538 Organisational Behaviour and Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external

MBS555 Human Resource Management Perspectives - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

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


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

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

ENV536 Education for Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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

ENV527 Environmental Science Topics - 3 points
Not available this year

ENV539 Marine Science Topics - 3 points
Not available this year

SWM532 Financial Administration and Budgeting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Plus specific units offered through University of Tasmania, James Cook University and Charles Darwin University.

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