Master of Natural Resource Management

Environmental Science

Master of Natural Resource Management

Graduate Diploma of Natural Resource Management [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management [exit point only]

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CSU’s Master of Natural Resource Management provides you with the advanced knowledge and skills to implement sustainable natural resource management. Graduates may work as consultants or staff for businesses involved in natural resource management, or in operational or policy roles for government agencies.

  • Why study this course?

    Australia's natural resources are under grave threat from climate change, water scarcity, land management pressures and inappropriate development. Upon completion of CSU's Master of Natural Resource Management, you will have the ability to use your mastery of natural resource management and knowledge of recent developments in the field to address a range of novel and complex natural resource problems using creativity and innovation.

    Graduates have advanced knowledge and skills about the sustainable use our natural resources including recent developments in the field. They are able to apply this knowledge to solve a range of natural resource management problems including those novel and complex situations that require creativity and innovation. Graduates are employed by a range of businesses and companies involved in natural resource management, either as consultants or as staff. They may also find work in government agencies providing management advice at an operational or policy level.

    What will I learn?

    Subject choices enable you to specialise in different aspects of conservation or management. The course focuses strongly on real-world situations. A mix of biophysical and social sciences are provided as a pool of subjects. This allows you to create a tailor-made degree that suits your career aspirations.

    CSU's Master of Natural Resource Management is designed for students wanting advanced knowledge and skills in sustainable management of natural resources and an understanding of the latest developments in the field. As a graduate, you will be able to apply this knowledge to make sound independent judgements about how to manage natural resources in a range of contexts, including those that require creativity and innovation.

    You may also choose to exit the Master with a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management on completion of 32 points (four subjects) or the Graduate Diploma of Natural Resource Management on completion of 64 points (eight subjects). The exit points provide considerable flexibility, enabling you to quickly gain the Natural Resource Management knowledge and qualification you need today, and to add to your credentials at a later date if necessary.

    You will be taught by dedicated professionals with many years of collective experience in the field, and have opportunities to gain practical experience from the very beginning using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that emphasise sustainable design.

    Flexible study options

    CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide students with accessible, world-class education. We have an excellent reputation for providing quality education delivered by dedicated academics with relevant industry experience.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU works in close association with industry, professions, and government to ensure our courses meet and support industry needs. They help us to design practical, hands-on courses to help you develop valuable skills for new employment opportunities.

    Graduates are employed by a range of businesses and companies involved in natural resource management, either as consultants or as staff. You may also find work in government agencies providing management advice at an operational or policy level.

    Job titles for graduates could include:

    • ecologist
    • environmental health officer
    • environmental scientist
    • project officer
    • regional Landcare facilitator
    • sustainability officer

    Students choose from a pool of subjects in order to maximise their employment opportunities and achieve their career aspirations.

  • Workplace learning

    CSU contextualises learning in a way which 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. This gives relevance to what you are learning and enables you to construct your own understanding of the course material. You will learn through practical, real-world assessment tasks as well as through field trips so you can learn the skills environmental managers need.

  • 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

    Course structure
    The course consists of 96 points for the Master degree, the first 32 points comprise the Graduate Certificate exit point and the first 64 points comprise the Graduate Diploma exit point. Subjects can be substituted with the approval of the Courses Director

    Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management (exit point)
    Students select subjects (32 points) from the list below.
    Note students wishing to exit with a graduate certificate level must choose only post-graduate subjects (i.e. code numbers >400) unless they have permission from the Courses Director.

    AGR304 Agricultural Ecology
    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR512 Property and Catchment Planning
    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    BIO416 Conservation Biology
    BIO461 Applied Ecological Conservation
    BIO521 Restoration Ecology
    ECO356 Environmental Economics
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    ENM415 Environmental Management of Mine Sites and Contaminated Lands
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    ENM433 People in the Global Environment
    ENM443  Resilience Thinking and Ecologically Sustainable Development
    GEO303 Climatology
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Management
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    PKM366 Site Survey Design
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning (16 points)
    PKM466 Culture and Heritage
    PKM562 Environmental Policy
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    REC405 Open Space Planning
    SOC302 Environment and Society
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    SSC503 Rural Populations and Places
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA406 GIS Applications
    SPA414 Crtitcal Review of GIS and Geocomputation
    SPA415 Principles of Geographic Information Systems

    Graduate Diploma of Natural Resource Management (exit point)
    Students select subjects (64 points) from the list below.
    Note students wishing to exit with a graduate diploma can only have a maximum of 2 undergraduate subjects unless they have permission from the Courses Director.

    AGR304 Agricultural Ecology
    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR512 Property and Catchment Planning
    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    BIO416 Conservation Biology
    BIO461 Applied Ecological Conservation
    BIO521 Restoration Ecology
    ECO356 Environmental Economics
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    ENM415 Environmental Management of Mine Sites and Contaminated Lands
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    ENM433 People in the Global Environment
    ENM443  Resilience Thinking and Ecologically Sustainable Development
    GEO303 Climatology
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Management
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    PKM366 Site Survey Design
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning (16 points)
    PKM466 Culture and Heritage
    PKM562 Environmental Policy
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    REC405 Open Space Planning
    SOC302 Environment and Society
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    SSC503 Rural Populations and Places
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA406 GIS Applications
    SPA414 Critical Review of GIS and Geocomputation
    SPA415 Principles of Geographic Information Systems

    Master of Natural Resource Management
    In addition to the subjects completed for the Graduate Diploma (exit point only) students can select their subjects from the pool AND must select at least one of the following as their 'capstone subject in their final year.

    ENM509 Managing Projects and Resources
    ENM413 The Principles and Practice of Field Ecology
    SPA501  Advanced GIS Applications and Modelling

    Enrolment pattern

    A 'normal' part-time load for distance education is two subjects per semester.

    Subjects offered in Session 30

    Students select from the following subject list:

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR304 Agricultural Ecology
    AGR512 Property and Catchment Planning
    BIO416 Conservation Biology
    BIO461 Applied Ecological Conservation
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    ENM415 Environmental Management of Mine Sites and Contaminated Lands
    ENM433 People in the Global Environment
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    PKM562 Environmental Policy
    REC405 Open Space Planning
    SOC302 Environment and Society
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    SPA415 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    SPA414 Critical Review of GIS and Geocomputation

    Subjects offered in Session 60
    Students select from the following subject list:

    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    BIO521 Restoration Ecology
    ECO356 Environmental Economics
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    ENM443  Resilience Thinking and Ecologically Sustainable Development
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    GEO303 Climatology
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Management
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning (16 points)
    PKM466 Culture and Heritage
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA406 GIS Applications
    SSC503 Rural Populations and Places

    Subjects offered in Session 90
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects.

    Students may opt to exit after completion of 32 subject points with the Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management qualification.

    Students may opt to exit after completion of 64 subject points with the Graduate Diploma of Natural Resource Management qualification.

    Additional enrolment for Masters qualification
    In addition to the subjects completed for the Graduate Diploma (exit point only) students undertake a further 32 points where at least one subject must be either:

    ENM509 Managing Projects and Resources
    ENM413 The Principles and Practice of Field Ecology
    SPA501  Advanced GIS Applications and Modelling

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    PKM366 Site Survey Design
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management
    AGR304 Agricultural Ecology
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning
    PKM466 Culture and Heritage

  • Admission information
    Applicants would normally hold a three year Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline or have extensive relevant industry experience to the satisfaction of the course coordinator. Students wishing to apply for admission based on relevant industry experience should discuss requirements with the course coordinator prior to applying.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session
    2400*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2600*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    Direct On Campus Albury-Wodonga FPPG Y Y N OSMX
    Direct Distance Education Albury-Wodonga FPOS Y Y N JSMP
    Direct Distance Education Albury-Wodonga FPPG Y Y N OSMP

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: 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

    96 subject points to pass level or better

  • How to apply
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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.

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  • 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.

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