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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Environmental Management

2020

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Overview
Location
SATAC Code
Casuarina Campus (CSP)
1CM089
Casuarina Campus (FF)
1CM589
Online (CSP)
1CM089
Online (FF)
1CM589
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina Campus
075071J
Course Duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

SENVM1

Award
Master of Environmental Management
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
Science and The Environment
Agriculture and Animal Studies

The Master of Environmental Management complements existing science qualifications if you are a graduate starting out or an established professional looking to broaden or deepen your professional skill set.

You will focus on the principles and practices of environmental management, particularly in the context of wet-dry and semi-arid tropical ecosystems and arid landscapes. The topic areas covered by CDU's Master of Environmental Management include livelihoods, spatial science and analysis, and ecology and management of natural resources. Unit selection is flexible between and within these areas. Professional placements and remote Australia and international intensives are also available.

The broad skills, concepts and applications explored in this course are also relevant even if you are working in other ecosystems, and includes a focus on the social context within which environmental management takes place.

The course is flexible and caters to your individual needs. It balances required knowledge and technical skills, develops conceptual skills, and challenges you to apply them to natural resource management within its complex social context.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to a career in areas of research or environmental and natural resources management, within regional natural resource management agencies, environmental NGOs, Indigenous natural resources management organisations, consultancy firms and the resources sector.

Professional recognition

Graduates may seek professional membership to associations such as the Australian Rangeland Society, Ecological Society of Australia and Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Credit transfers & pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Course fees

Both Commonwealth supported places (CSP) and fee paying places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CSP use the SATAC code 1CM089. If you would like to apply for a fee paying place you will need to use the SATAC code 1CM589.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2019: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments and 2019 HE Units and Fees.

2020: Information about fees and charges for 2020 will be published no later than 1 December 2019.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2019: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments and 2019 HE Units and Fees.
2020: Information about fees and charges for 2020 will be published no later than 1 December 2019.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2020 is AUD $31,632.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The course structure consists of core units, specialist elective units, elective units and a one-semester research project.

The core units are Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas, Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis, Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resources Management, Environmental Planning and Policy. These units capture the primary content focus and skills of the program.

Specialist electives are chosen from the themes: Livelihoods, Natural Resources Management, Spatial Science or General (Specialist Electives . Specialist Elective units complement the content knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills developed in the core units, and also allow you to focus on your area of interest. Units including fieldwork may be taken (if you are able to attend the relevant field location, through your choice of units. This ensures that you gain first-hand knowledge of biologically rich and diverse tropical ecosystems and meet senior professionals active in the field of environmental management.

Elective units will allow you to study complimentary subjects that match your interests. Students are encouraged to seek advice from the course coordinator on unit selection. There is also the opportunity to undertake work integrated learning, whereby students include a workplace-based project in their choice of electives.

The program offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop field, technical and practical skills, as well as master level scholarships skills.

In your final semester, you will design, develop and implement an applied research project with the support of a research supervisor who provides discipline expertise and academic monitoring. This may also be completed part time over two semesters. Many of the projects are developed in collaboration with research and environmental management agencies, exposing students to professional practices and applications in research and management. Depending on your circumstances, you may choose a project topic that integrates into your workplace.


  • 2020 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2019.
  • 2020 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2019.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Current students transferring to the reaccredited version of the Master of Environmental Management (course code SENVM1) should note that the new course now has four compulsory Core units. These are ENV509, ENV511, ENV521, and ENV513. These units were previously Specialist Electives. If you do not plan to complete these four units you should remain in the currently accredited Master of Environmental Management (course code MEM).

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)
40cp Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

ENV509 Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
ENV521 Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management
 

Specialist Electives
(4 units)
40cp Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points from the list of specialisation detailed below.

LIVELIHOODS
ENV507 Fire Ecology and Management in Northern Australia
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods (compulsory intensive)
ENV519 Aquatic Resource Management (compulsory intensive)
SID500 Professional Practice in Environmental Management (WIL placement)

NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
ENV501 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV503 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV515 Desert Field Ecology (compulsory intensive)
ENV516  Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (compulsory intensive)
ENV520 Wildlife Management
ENV521 Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management
SID500 Professional Practice in Environmental Management (WIL placement)

SPATIAL SCIENCE
ENV502 Remote Sensing
ENV506 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (optional intensive)
ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
ENV518 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data
SID500 Professional Practice in Environmental Management (WIL placement)

GENERAL
Students selecting this option should choose from among all units within the specialist electives.

Note: Students who have graduated from CDU and completed undergraduate units with the same titles as those listed in Specialist Electives above will not be able to take those units and must make an alternative unit selection.
 

Electives
(4 units)
40cp Units totalling 40 credit points from available postgraduate units on offer at the University. Students are encouraged to seek advice from the course coordinator on unit selection.
Research
(4 units)
40cp Research units totalling 40 credit points.
Students may enrol in the full-time or part-time option as detailed below:
ENV840 Research Project #40 (for students undertaking the project FT over one semester) (40cp)
ENV820 Research Project #20 (a repeatable unit for students undertaking the project PT over two semesters) (20cp, repeatable)
 
  160cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2020 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2019.
  • 2020 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2019.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ENV509 Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas CO ENV521 Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management CO
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy CO Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Elective E Elective E
Year 2
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis CO ENV840 Research Project #40 (40cp) CO
Specialist Elective SE    
Elective E    
Elective E    

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ENV521 Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management CO
    Specialist Elective SE
    Specialist Elective SE
    Elective E
Year 2
ENV509 Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas CO Specialist Elective SE
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy CO Elective E
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis CO Elective E
Specialist Elective SE Elective E
Year 3
ENV840 Research Project #40 (40cp) CO    

 

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