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Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage)

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage)

Associate Degree in Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) [exit point only]

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CSU’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) provides you with the in‐depth knowledge and skills required to manage Australia’s National Reserve System ‐ particularly how to conserve these unique landscapes and the plants and animals they contain for future generations.

  • Why study this course?

    This is the oldest and most respected park management course in Australia.

    Graduates of CSU’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) are employed by park agencies and in local governments as park rangers, wildlife officers undertaking specific wildlife conservation programs, interpretive officers conducting outdoor education programs or as specialists in cultural and Indigenous heritage. A number of graduates are also employed by local governments to manage parks, grounds and ovals.

    As a graduate, you will apply your skills and knowledge in biophysical, ecological and social sciences to protected area management, the conservation of flora and fauna, and cultural heritage management. You will use your expertise in strategic planning, critical thinking and people management to effectively balance conservation and recreational values and assist visitors and the community appreciate and contribute to the conservation of our natural heritage.

    Graduates of this course have in-depth knowledge and skills required to manage Australia's National Reserve System - particularly how to conserve these unique landscapes and the plants and animals they contain for future generations. Graduates are employed by park agencies and in local governments as park rangers, wildlife officers undertaking specific wildlife conservation programs, interpretive officers conducting outdoor education programs or as specialists in cultural and indigenous heritage.

    CSU’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) has been training rangers for more than 30 years. With the continued involvement of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to develop the course, our curriculum is focused on teaching the key skills park managers require - a strong understanding of the environment and an ability to communicate with people using these environments.

    CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide our students with accessible, world-class education.

    We develop holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. We give students the ability to influence the world for the better. CSU students benefit from:

    • a course taught by dedicated professionals with many years of collective experience in the field
    • the opportunity gain practical experience from the very beginning using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that emphasise sustainable design
    • a library and world-class learning platforms that provide a broad range of literature and learning materials.
    This course has an emphasis is on real-life experiences, field studies and vocationally focused training in conservation, park management, recreation, and heritage conservation. You may choose between specialisations in wildlife and conservation, indigenous and cultural heritage, or visitor services and open space management.
    Indigenous and Cultural Heritage

    Students in this specialisation gain in-depth cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management cultural heritage and in working with Indigenous communities. Graduates find generally employment as rangers, aboriginal heritage officers, heritage consultants, and within museums.

    Visitor Services and Open Space

    In this specialisation you will develop in-depth cognitive and technical skills in the planning and delivery of tourism opportunities and visitor education programs. Graduates generally find generally employment as rangers, interpretive officers, open space planners and recreation officers.

    Wildlife and Conservation

    This specialisation is for students seeking to obtain in-depth cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management of biodiversity. Graduates find generally employment as rangers, threatened species officers, wildlife officers, and botanists.

    Flexible study options

    CSU has an excellent reputation for providing quality education delivered by dedicated academics with relevant industry experience.

    At CSU, you can:

    • study at your own pace.
    • study throughout the year. CSU offers a limited range of subjects in Session 3 (November to February) so students can speed their progress through the course.
    • choose when to study. Almost all the subjects in the School of Environmental Sciences are offered on campus or by distance education, allowing you to combine study modes or vary your choice of subjects to meet commitments during the week
    • take specialised subjects at other universities. Our international program, CSU Global, allows you to spend a session at a university overseas
    • gain recognition for previous learning. Recognised academic courses at other universities or TAFE can be credited as part of your course. We can also give credit based on work experience as long as you provide evidence that you already have the skills and knowledge contained within a subject.

  • Career opportunities

    If you love the outdoors and want to help manage our natural, cultural and historical assets then a ranger's job is for you. It is highly rewarding, never the same and provides some exciting challenges.

    CSU’s focus is on education programs that prepare graduates for work. CSU has been training rangers for more than 30 years.

    With the continued involvement of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to develop the course, the Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) curriculum is focused on teaching the key skills park managers require - a strong understanding of the environment and an ability to communicate with people using these environments. You will graduate with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, habits and professional networks needed for a successful career.

    Indigenous and Cultural Heritage specialisation:

    • rangers
    • aboriginal heritage officers
    • heritage consultants
    • roles within museums

    Visitor Services and Open Space specialisation:

    • rangers
    • interpretive officers
    • open space planners
    • recreation officers

    Wildlife and Conservation specialisation:

    • botanists
    • conservation management
    • rangers
    • threatened species officers
    • wildlife officers
  • Workplace learning

    CSU  has an excellent reputation for providing quality education delivered by dedicated academics with relevant industry experience.

    CSU works in close association with industry, professions and government to ensure courses meet and support industry needs. CSU contextualises learning in a way that empowers and motivates students, while assisting them to develop key skills and knowledge required for employment, further education and active participation in their communities. At CSU, you will:

    • learn through practical and/or field experience. You will complete practical, real world assessment tasks as well as through field trips so you can learn the skills that environmental managers need
    • have opportunities to undertake a range of field experiences. There are many opportunities to participate in voluntary and paid field expeditions to areas such as the Australian Alps, Mungo National Park and North Head, Sydney. There are also subjects that are solely centred around field ecology and/or special study topics
    • be supported in doing professional practice. This ensures all students receive first-hand experience of what it is like to work in their profession. Placement opportunities in Australia range from the Tasmanian wilderness to Australia's far north
    • travel to places around the world. Each year CSU runs international field trips to locations such as Cambodia, East Timor and Nepal. International experience is also encouraged through CSU's Student Exchange Program.
    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The degree comprises 18 core subjects (144 points), a 4 subject minor (32 points) and 2 restricted electives (16 points)
    Students may elect to exit with the Associate Degree of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) after the completion of the 16 (128 points) of core subjects which must include REC205 and ENM309.

    CORE SUBJECTS
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    BIO216 Conservation Biology
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    REC167 Leadership and Communication
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
    REC 205 Open Space Planning
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems

    Minor
    Students must complete a minor of 4 subjects (32 points). The 4 subjects (32 points) must be chosen from one of the following three groups:

    Wildlife and Conservation
    32 points from the following:
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
    BIO312 Landscape Ecology
    BIO328 Restoration Ecology
    ENM310 The Principles and Practice of Field Ecology
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science

    Indigenous and Cultural Heritage
    32 points from the following:
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning (16 points)
    PKM366 Site Survey Design
    BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods

    Visitor Services and Open Space Management
    32 points from the following:
    PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
    PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education
    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
    REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism

    AND
    Two restricted electives (16 points) selected from any of the above minor groups

    Enrolment pattern

    Note students can decrease the length of time it takes to do the degree by taking some of the limited number of subjects that are available in summer (session 90).

    Full-time Pattern
    Year 1
    Session 1

    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    REC167 Leadership and Communication

    Session 2
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
     
    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
    BIO216 Conservation Biology
    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    Minor OR Restricted Elective (REC205 for the Associate degree)

    Session 2
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    Minor OR Restricted Elective (ENM309 for the Associate degree)

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Students can exit with the Associate Degree at this point providing they have completed all core subjects including REC205 and ENM309.

    Year 3
    Session 1

    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    REC205 Open Space Planning
    Minor OR Restricted Elective
    Minor OR Restricted Elective

    Session 2
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    Minor OR Restricted Elective
    Minor OR Restricted Elective

    Part Time
    Year 1
    Session 1

    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice

    Session 2
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    GEO164 Earth System Processes

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 2
    Session 1

    ENM101 People and the Environment
    REC167 Leadership and Communication

    Session 2
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 3
    Session 1

    PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
    BIO216 Conservation Biology

    Session 2
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 4
    Session 1

    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    Minor OR Restricted Elective (REC205 for the Associate degree)

    Session 2
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    Minor OR Restricted Elective (ENM309 for the Associate degree)

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Students can exit with the Associate Degree at this point providing they have completed all core subjects including REC205 and ENM309.

    Year 5
    Session 1

    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    REC205 Open Space Planning

    Session 2
    Minor OR Restricted Elective
    Minor OR Restricted Elective

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 6
    Session 1

    Minor OR Restricted Elective
    Minor OR Restricted Elective

    Session 2
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    PKM366 Site Survey Design
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management
    ENM101 People and the Environment

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Admission is according to the standard CSU and UAC criteria for undergraduate courses.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8896*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    3500*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    3200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN215351
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSPQ
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISPQ
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSP
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESPQ
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113101

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    012025C (Albury-Wodonga)

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  • About the School
    School of Environmental Sciences

    CSU is one of the few universities in Australia to be ranked as ‘above the world standard’ in environmental science and management by the Commonwealth Government in the national evaluation of research strengths of Australian universities. The School of Environmental Sciences is amongst the top five schools of its kind in Australia, offering courses in environmental science, park management, natural resource management, spatial science, and outdoor recreation and ecotourism – with some subjects involving intensive international field trips. The School emphasises applied learning, using real-world examples, field studies, and vocationally focused training to teach students about the environment. On campus study in environmental sciences is located at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga Campus – Australia's first environmentally friendly university campus.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 Writing at University
    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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