Graduate Certificate of Science in Protected Area Management

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Certificate of Science in Protected Area Management

This course provides specialist training in the background, principles, techniques and practices of protected area management with particular emphasis on tropical environments.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
6 months full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Course highlights

James Cook University brings together a team of academic and associate staff across multiple disciplines.

  • World-recognised programs and research
  • state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities
  • internationally-acclaimed academic teaching staff
  • strong collaboration with industry and research organisations, both locally and internationally.

Course overview

Protected areas include marine and terrestrial national parks and World Heritage Areas. The protection of these areas is dependent upon their continued management. There are over 120,000 protected areas worldwide, and their success depends on how well they are managed.

This program provides specialist training for science graduates already working in this area (national parks and world heritage listed areas), or people wanting to work in this field.

This course is available in Townsville and Cairns. It is available part time (domestic students only) and full time.

Flexible programs are offered in which students devise their coursework component in consultation with the course coordinator to match their professional goals and interests.

For more information regarding this course, please contact Dr Amy Diedrich.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

GCertSc – Protected Area Management Major

Major code

GCS-PAM

Credit point value

12 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points (1 subject) of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

BZ5215:03 Conservation Biology                                                                     

MB2050:03 Functional Biology of Marine Organisms                                  

BZ2705:03 Australian Vertebrate Fauna                                                                        

EV5203:03 Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles                   

EV5012:03 Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods

Administrative Information

Major code

GCS-PAM

SMS Version

2

SMS Effective date

01/01/2015

SMS Full title

GCertSc - Protected Area Management Major

SMS Short title

Protected Area Management

SMS Abbreviated title

GCertSc-ProtAreaMgtMaj

Handbook title

GCertSc - Protected Area Management Major

Self-management

Enrol: Yes

Withdraw: Yes

Selections: Yes

Location: Yes

Attendance: Yes

FOE

050901

Owner

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College

2200 College of Marine and Environmental Sciences

Permissible awards

This major will be included on the testamur.

User field – Offering status

Nil

Availability Information

Course

C/Code

Campus

Notes

Graduate Certificate of Science

53911

Cairns

Townsville

No mid-year entry

No mid-year entry

Document Modification History

Version No.

Approval Date

Modification Type

Effective Date

1-09 – V1

10/2009

Original document

10/2009

1-12 – V2

07/2012

Code, Structure

01/2013

2-12 – V3

09/2012

Structure – optional subjects

01/2013

3-12 – V4

10/2012

Structure – optional subjects

01/2013

1-13 – V5

01/2013

Remove year from code and change code, title

01/2013

2-13 – V6

01/2013

Structure

01/2014

1-14 – V7

CIMS

EC06-14 10/2014

Org Restructure

Structure; Avails

01/2015

1-15 – V8

ADMIN – Exec appr – 30/6/15

Structure - options

01/2016

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Certificate of Science

Course code

53911

Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in science; or

other qualifications or professional/industry-based 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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply specialised theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more science disciplines

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Communicate complex scientific 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 tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific 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.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select a specialisation from Table A

TABLE A (SPECIALISATIONS)

Type of specialisation

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

12 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

Internal

Distance Ed (on line)

Fisheries Biology and Management

Townsville

Internal only

Marine Biology and Ecology

Townsville

Internal only

Natural Resource Management

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Protected Area Management

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Sustainability

Cairns

Part-time only

Internal only

Tropical Biology and Conservation

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Tropical Urban and Regional Planning

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

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

6 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Graduate Certificate of Science

Approved abbreviation

GCertSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Science are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Certificate.

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.