Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards at UNE?

The Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards takes a multidisciplinary approach to looking at natural hazards and how society can build resilience in the face of natural hazards. The course will build from a broad knowledge of natural hazard situations towards questions of policy development in the field of hazard mitigation. The course will cover the following topic areas:

Environmental factors that combine to produce natural hazards

The ecological, social and economic consequences of natural hazards and disasters

Methods relevant to studying aspects of natural hazards and disasters

Mitigation strategies

Challenges and opportunities for policy development in the natural hazards field

Future trends in planning for and managing natural hazards.

The course also provides various opportunities to expand expertise in the context of natural hazards via a choice of elective units. These opportunities include units that provide skills in population, physical and/or economic geography, land use planning, risk management, and Geographic Information Systems applications.

The course is offered full time or part time. It can be taken on-campus or by distance.

Career Opportunities

Environmental and town planning; Natural resource management; Emergency management; and Disaster insurance.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

0.5 or 1 Year Full-time
Up to 4 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation GradDipNatHaz
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 080081J
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 0.5 or 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree from a recognised university in a related field of study, for example, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography or Environmental Science; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards from UNE.

Applicants must meet the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission requirements (except for an approved articulation in the course). The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted advanced standing for GEPL407, GEPL409, GEPL415 and GEPL490.

Academic Colours

Mace (BCC 73)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree from a recognised university in a related field of study, for example, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography or Environmental Science; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards from UNE.

Students must meet the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission requirements (except for an approved articulation in the course). The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted advanced standing for GEPL407, GEPL409, GEPL415 and GEPL490.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) six months as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points, including a minimum of 30 credit points at 400 level, a maximum of 12 credit points at 300 level and a maximum of 18 credit points at 500 level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 24 cps
Listed Units 24 cps
Total 48 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Specified Advanced Standing 24 cps
Listed Units 24 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards under Rule (a) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards upon completion of 24 credit points comprising units GEPL407, GEPL409, GEPL415 and GEPL490. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

To provide graduates with a multidisciplinary knowledge of natural hazards and best practice methods for their planning and management.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of natural hazards and their planning contexts in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region;
  2. demonstrate an advanced and applied understanding of the role of planning systems and policy in the mitigation of natural hazards;
  3. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the causes and impacts of natural hazards within relevant environmental, economic and social contexts; and
  4. demonstate advanced and applied skills in research, literacy and communication, particularly pertaining to planning and management of natural hazards, including the ability to present a coherent and convincing argument based on current research.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will develop an advanced understanding of current paradigms in natural hazard and disaster planning and management in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as relevant practices from a variety of international contexts. The course explores a wide range of approaches to building resilience to natural hazards in various Australian and international contexts. Exposure to varied policy approaches will expand the graduate's skills in hazard planning and management.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate effectively to a range of audiences in the areas of natural hazard planning and management. Through participation in the course, students will hone their online communication skills (online students), their oral skills through discussions and presentations (on-campus students) and their written skills through assessment tasks such as essays (all students).

Problem Solving

Graduates will have advanced skills in analysing natural hazard situations from a planning and management perspective. This will include high-level capabilities in solving problems relating to the planning and management of natural hazards, and in applying logical, critical and creative thinking to various hazard and disaster scenarios.

Information Literacy

Students will develop skills in organising and reporting upon a wide-range of sophisticated information relevant to the planning and management of hazards. All units in the course are delivered online, and students are both directed to a wide range of best practice sources and encouraged to use those sources to inform unit-based discussions and tasks.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

The successful development of systems for appropriate planning of, preparation for, response to and recovery from natural hazards and disasters must involve all sectors of society. The course will prepare students to act in an ethical and socially responsible manner in the wider social contexts of hazard planning and management.

Lifelong Learning

The course will provide advanced knowledge and skills that can be utilised and built upon in a range of forums. Skills in policy analysis and plan-making acquired through the course will underpin ongoing learning in professional contexts. These skills will be flexible and diverse, and will have multiple applications in a range of contexts and situations.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will have an independent capacity to analyse hazard contexts, and competency in procedures for addressing hazard situations. Through the course, students will learn principles and skills relating to stakehlder engagement and collaboration crucial to planning and management activities in natural hazard contexts. Students will have opportunities to work collaboratively to solve problems in some units.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

For more information, click here

International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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