Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science
Why study the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science at UNE?
The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science is the first award level of an articulated program which gives qualified applicants the opportunity for study at progressive postgraduate levels in Environmental Science.
This program is designed as a professional development course in areas relevant to natural resources and environmental management. The flexibility of the program gives students the opportunity to gain a broad skill set in environmental science or to develop their professional knowledge and management skills in a chosen area of study.
Students entering the course without a background in a relevant discipline must undertake 24 credit points of 100 and 200-level foundation units.
The program is well suited to graduates wishing to change career pathway or for practising resource managers wishing to become involved in short-term retraining or staff development programs.
0.5 or 1 Year Full-time
Up to 4 years Part-time
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Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
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Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.
A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*.
*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:
Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted a maximum of 12 credit points of Advanced Standing for units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based. This may include 6 credit points for demonstrated relevant professional experience.
Candidates admitted under Rule (b) will be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted for units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based and may include 6 credit point for demonstrated relevant professional experience.
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The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science will provide graduates with the opportunity to broaden their professional knowledge and management skills in multi-disciplinary competencies related to environmental science and natural resources management.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Knowledge of a Discipline
Students will be required to read literature on practical, conceptual and theoretical aspects of environmental science and natural resources management. Knowledge is built upon from information gathered from environmental systems throughout the world. Thus teaching will draw upon case studies and examples from ecosystems across the globe.
Students will be required to express well-organised, logical and clearly written assessment tasks. There is emphasis on the ability to provide clear and accurate descriptions of environmental issues; on writing reports of technical and scientific investigations; and on presenting critical reviews of knowledge.
Problem solving is taught in the scientific context of researching the issue, formulating hypotheses in environmental science, and drawing conclusions from the results. Many practical assignments are based around this approach. Problem solving skills are also developed in field and laboratory settings where students decide the best approach to performing tasks. This will prepare students' for dealing with and solving high-level and complex real-world problems that arise in environmental science and management.
Students will be taught how to access the literature (especially online resources), how to evaluate the robustness of literature sources (discrimination skills) and how to critique available information. Students will plan and execute a high-level research capacity in written assignments and utilise a wide range of data resources in such a way that others can learn from them.
Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility
Students are taught ethical practices in relation to the discipline, including respecting intellectual property rights, ethical behaviour in fieldwork and assessment tasks, and honesty and trust as the basis of the cooperative endeavour of science. Students will be encouraged to act ethically and be socially responsible. These are underlying principles of the discipline of environmental science which reduce, minimise or prevent harm to the environment and its multiple inhabitants. Legal obligations and responsibility will also be integrated into the teaching content.
Students will develop the ability to identify, evaluate and implement personal learning strategies and/or study skills in pursuit of ongoing personal and professional development. Students will continually develop the ability to be responsive to change, have a high-level of personal autonomy and conduct independent research that will be useful to them in a professional workplace.
Independence and Collaboration
Teamwork is used in classes at all levels, especially in practical work in the field and laboratory. Students develop the skills to work cooperatively to define and achieve common goals, to take initiative and to assume responsibility for tasks. Students will learn in a professional forum to discuss, calmly and rationally, ideas and concepts, sometimes controversial and sometimes from different points of view. This, in addition to the ability to use the language of the discipline in reasoned argument, is one of the aims of online discussions.