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Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Course Code G1053
Study Level Graduate Diploma
Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Academic Contacts

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

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The course provides graduates from wide cognate disciplines training a graduate qualification in environmental science. It offers a broad range of subjects such as ecology, environmental policy and law, environmental monitoring, land and water management and sustainability. Completion of this course provides the opportunity for further study at progressive graduate levels in Environmental Science.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings A recognised Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or higher. If the first degree is not related to this area of study then at least two years of relevant work/life experience is required. Most of the units taken assume some prior knowledge, details of which are given in the description of each unit in the Handbook. 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 When taken in the external mode, some attendance may be required depending on the units selected.
Course Learning Outcomes Graduates of this Graduate Diploma will have:
CLO1 Advanced knowledge in a growing professional area of environmental
science, environmental management and impact assessment.
CLO2 Cognitive skills in general principles of sustainable land and water
CLO3 Technical skills in spatial data analysis using graphical information systems
(GIS) and remote sensing for the purposes of environmental management and
CLO4 Cognitive skills in collecting, analysing, interpreting and reporting data from
environmental monitoring programs and identifying and providing solutions to
environmental concerns.
CLO5 Communication skills to explain environmental decision-making for the
purpose of public engagement with relation to environmental assessment and
Employment Prospects This course is relevant to those who wish to practise in environmental science in the public and private sectors in Australia and overseas.
Main research areas Environmental impact assessment, environmental management, applications of spatial data for modelling, monitoring and management
Further Study Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma may apply for direct admission to the one-year Master of Environmental Science
Exemption from Coursework Regulations In this course, where appropriate, undergraduate units (between 100- and 400-level) have been included to meet the learning outcomes for the entire course: postgraduate students can expect to be part of a learning community with undergraduate students in these units.
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 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 15 credit points

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

ENV554 Land and Water Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

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

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

ENV303 GIS for Environmental Management and Planning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 70 places), S2-external (quota of 20 places)

Students who have completed units with similar outcomes as the Core Units listed in their undergraduate study will need to complete other units as approved by the Academic Chair.

Specified Electives - 9 credit points

Select from the following:

SUS512 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

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

ENV527 Environmental Science Topics - 3 points
Not available this year

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

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

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

PEN502 Climate Change Impact Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

SUS523 Cities and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

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