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Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management

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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management provides advanced specialist skills and professional development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage officers, Land Management facilitators, Cultural Heritage site managers, educationalists and elders in the areas of integrated natural resource management, cultural heritage interpretation, research and project design. A key focus of the course revolves around the exploration and convergence of Western science values and Indigenous knowledge that is currently developing in Australia. The course provides an academic environment effective for the dissemination of substantive material connected to the multifaceted arena of both natural and cultural resources matters, but also a culturally sensitive learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from all over Australia who come together and discuss the major issues connected to the protection and management of cultural heritage, land and knowledge.
  • Entry requirements
    To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to the Graduate Diploma a student must: * hold an approved degree or diploma; or * hold a qualification approved as equivalent to an approved degree or diploma; or * have satisfied requirements for special admission as determined from time to time. Candidates who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Natural Resources Management will be eligible for 4 credit points of advanced standing.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management
  • Course description
    Fees and charges

    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.


    This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/fees/


    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at  http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php.
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.


    Course rules
    The course comprises eight compulsory core units, each worth 1 credit point.


    Course structure

    Trimester 1

    SQE744 Interpreting Natural and Cultural Landscape  

    SQE741 Natural and Cultural Resource Management  

    SQE735 Natural and Cultural Land Management Issues  

    Choose one of:

    SQE743 Research Project on Interpretation  

    SQE716 Recycling and Waste Minimisation  


    Trimester 2

    SQE742 Planning and Techniques of Interpretation  

    SQE706 National Park and Protected Area Management  

    SQE734 Community Project Management  

    Choose one of:

    SQE716 Recycling and Waste Minimisation  

    SQE743 Research Project on Interpretation  



    Exit point
    Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate of Natural and Cultural Resource Management after completion of 4 credit points from the core of the Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management.


    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.


    Admission requirements - specific
    To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to the Graduate Diploma a student must:

        * hold an approved degree or diploma; or
        * hold a qualification approved as equivalent to an approved degree or diploma; or
        * have satisfied requirements for special admission as determined from time to time.

    Candidates who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Natural Resources Management will be eligible for 4 credit points of advanced standing.


    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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