GDN – Graduate Diploma
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
Completion of the Graduate Certificate of Ridge to Reef Sustainable Development at this University; or
Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree; or
other qualifications or experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1– Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Entry to the program is by invitation of Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
Students are required to participate in annual facilitated workshops as part of their studies to be held in a Pacific Island Country as advised by the course coordinator.
For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required
24 credit points as per course structure
Students are required to undertake a significant portion of their course via external delivery mode.
Students are required to undertake a portion of the course via a block and/or limited attendance mode delivery at a site other than that at which they are enrolled.
Course learning outcomes
The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.
JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Ridge to Reef Sustainable Development, graduates will be able to:
- Integrate and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in development practice, particularly as it relates to the Pacific
- Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources
- Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based project and/or field work and/or studies by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to sustainable development practice
- Organise, analyse and interpret complex development-related and livelihoods data using statistical, socio-economical, political and technological skills
- Communicate complex development ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media
- Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to developing states and the South Pacific, by applying sustainable development practice knowledge and skills with initiative and high level judgement
- Explain and apply regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts
- Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.
EV5960:03 Project Management – Ridge to Reef
EV5961:03 Ecosystem Dynamics – Ridge to Reef
EV5962:03 Governance – Ridge to Reef
EV5963:03 Ridge to Reef Tools
EV5964:03 Integrated Management of Ridge to Reef Ecosystems
EV5965:03 Best Practice Management Tools – Ridge to Reef
Choose either Management Stream or Technical Stream
EV5966:03 Public Policy Tools – Ridge to Reef
EV5967:03 Policy Development & Strategic Planning – Ridge to Reef
EV5968:03 Tools for Resource Assessment – Ridge to Reef
EV5969:03 Protected Area Management – Ridge to Reef
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Students must undertake the majority of their course via external delivery mode.
Students must follow a fixed enrolment pattern of one specified subject per teaching period as advised by the Course Coordinator.
Students must study part of the course via a block and/or limited attendance mode delivery at a site other than that at which they are enrolled.
This course is only available at Townsville campus due to commercial contract arrangements.
Expected time to complete
4 years part-time, as per advised enrolment pattern.
Not available full-time.
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
Advanced standing will be granted for the following:
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures
12 credit points
Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the two (2) years prior to the commencement of this course
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled six (6) years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF RIDGE TO REEF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Exit with lesser award