Bachelor of Environmental Practice

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Environmental Practice

Environmental Practice is a ground-breaking course offered at James Cook University.

If you're reading this, you're thinking about taking your place among the experts who will be called on to solve the great sustainability challenges that are facing the world. Environmental Practice responds to the stated requirements of corporate environmental management organisations for triple bottom line outcomes – environmental, social and economic. Responding to those needs, this unique course offers students the opportunity to specialise in one or two of five majors:

  • Biodiversity Assessment and Management
  • Corporate Environmental Management
  • Urban Environments and Landscape Design
  • Coastal and Marine Management
  • Land and Water Management

James Cook University (JCU) is making a huge investment in this course. The University has consulted with employers and industry to include those skills that they think make a great Environmental Manager. So when you graduate, you'll be ready to hit the ground running and contribute to a whole range of organisations who need environmental, social and economic skills from their employees.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Assumed knowledge
Assumed knowledge: English, Maths B. Recommended: at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Maths C or Physics
OP/Rank
17/63

Career opportunities

You'll have a unique set of skills when you graduate with a JCU Environmental Practice degree.

Your qualifications will be sought by government departments, mining corporations, environmental consultants, renewable energy industries, tourism businesses, heritage groups, local governments, and non-government organisations, or you may establish your own company to work with stakeholders and clients.

As well as being able to manage relationships with stakeholders with diverse interests, you'll have the business skills and environmental knowledge required by organisations that need leaders to:

  • Manage corporate environmental projects that require business literacy with environmental skills, ensuring compliance with environmental laws and better management of how business impacts on the environment
  • Manage the provision of fresh water and other essentials for rapidly growing cities
  • Conduct Environmental Site Assessments in residential, commercial and industrial properties
  • Conduct historical and regulatory research
  • Lead contaminated site inspections
  • Manage remediation activities
  • Prepare and review reports and budgets
  • Manage teams of skilled and unskilled workers
  • Design sustainable and green urban places

Course highlights

In our increasingly populated world, your JCU Environmental Practice degree will help you discover answers to more and more complicated environmental problems.

You will learn how to manage the interactions between people and the environment to find solutions to pressing environmental problems. This course will provide you with a broad understanding of the operative and management interactions between the biological, physical, social, economic and political spheres impacting on current environmental issues.

Choose from 5 majors:

  • Biodiversity Assessment and Management
  • Corporate Environmental Management
  • Urban Environments and Landscape Design
  • Coastal and Marine Management
  • Land and Water Management

The College of Science and Engineering at JCU arranges your final year professional placements and work experience.

Course overview

Your JCU Environmental Practice curriculum builds on JCU's internationally-acclaimed environmental science reputation and experience. It will make you even more employable. You'll study:

  • Urban design, combining urban planning, urbanisation issues and urban landscapes with a sustainable "design thinking" approach
  • Corporate environmental management, combining business literacy and corporate sustainability with environmental skills
  • Biodiversity Assessment and management teaches skills for assessment and management of all living species, on land and in the water
  • Coastal and Marine Management looks at the interaction of people and communities at the coastal fringe and on the oceans and marine habitats
  • Land and Water Management combines physical geosciences and environmental impacts on land, wetlands, river catchments and below the surface

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316431) - Apply now
Cairns (326431) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

EV1010:03 The Environmental Professional

EV1000:03 Solving Wicked Environmental Problems

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems or BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

Level 2

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

EV2100:03 Environmental Management, Policy and Governance

BX2077:03 Project Management

Level 3

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

EV3110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

PLUS

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select one of the following Options

Option 1 (Second Major)

Select a second major from Table A

or

Option 2 (Minors)

Select a Science Minor from Table B that is different to your major

PLUS

Select a second Minor from Table B

or

Option 3 (Electives)

Select 9 credit points of any level 2, 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any Level 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects or a Minor from Table B

Table A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Biodiversity Assessment and   Management

Cairns

Townsville

 

Corporate Environmental Management

Cairns

Townsville

 

Land and Water Management

Cairns

Townsville

 

Urban Environments and Landscape Design

Cairns

Townsville

 

Table B (Minors)

Type of minor

Optional, Single or double

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Fisheries

Townsville

 

Physical Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Inter-Disciplinary Minors

Cairns

Townsville

Please refer to list for details of all minors available for selection

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared - bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Handbook

Bachelor of Environmental Practice

Course code

115410

Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand accredits individual graduates but not courses - http://www.eianz.org/

Division

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Assumed Knowledge: English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA)

Recommended Study: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Maths C or Physics

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.

Additional course requirements

Applicants who select SC1102: Modelling Natural Systems as a part of their degree but have not completed high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent) must also select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan.

MA1020 is available on both campuses in full-semester and block-mode.  The block-mode option typically starts earlier than the standard course commencement date. Contact JCU on 1800 246 446 for more information. Students can enrol in BU1007 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation without completing high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent).

This course involves mandatory field work and any costs associated with the field work will be at the student's expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Study plan may only include a maximum of 30 credit points of Level 1 subjects and a minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at Level 3.

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. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. 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.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Environmental Practice at James Cook University will be able to:

Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge of tropics-related environmental and sustainable development, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles in the discipline of science, business or social science

  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of environmental practices and tropical sustainable futures in local, regional and global society
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of problem-oriented sustainability approaches, including stakeholder analysis, values clarification, community engagement and partnerships, interdisciplinary collaboration, and systems and futures thinking
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments and/or field work and/or a sustainability investigation, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools as appropriate to one or more disciplines
  • Organise, analyse and interpret Environmental Management data using mathematical, statistical and/or technological skills
  • Convey ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media
  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems relating to the environmental practice of tropical communities and regions by applying knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

EV1010:03 The Environmental Professional

EV1000:03 Solving Wicked Environmental Problems

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems or BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

Level 2

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

EV2100:03 Environmental Management, Policy and Governance

BX2077:03 Project Management

Level 3

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

EV3110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

PLUS

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select one of the following Options

Option 1 (Second Major)

Select a second major from Table A

or

Option 2 (Minors)

Select a Science Minor from Table B that is different to your major

PLUS

Select a second Minor from Table B

or

Option 3 (Electives)

Select 9 credit points of any level 2, 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any Level 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects or a Minor from Table B

Table A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Biodiversity Assessment and   Management

Cairns

Townsville

 

Corporate Environmental Management

Cairns

Townsville

 

Land and Water Management

Cairns

Townsville

 

Urban Environments and Landscape Design

Cairns

Townsville

 

Table B (Minors)

Type of minor

Optional, Single or double

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Fisheries

Townsville

 

Physical Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Inter-Disciplinary Minors

Cairns

Townsville

Please refer to list for details of all minors available for selection

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9  years

Maximum leave of absence

3 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Must complete 18 credit points of Level 1 or 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Yes

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points

Only one PC grade may be awarded with approval of College or Division examiners meeting, to allow a student to graduate, and that PC grade must not contribute to a core subject within the course or major.

Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

48 credit points - except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then advanced standing may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 6cp credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Advanced standing will not be given for SC3008 Professional Placement.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE

Approved abbreviation

BEnvPrac

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Any major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Not applicable

What is Environmental Practice?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.