Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Regional Development

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Regional Development will suit students who are analytical, inquisitive, solution or policy-oriented and interested in seeking employment in areas associated with sustainable regional and rural development, strategic urban and regional planning, natural resources management, and climate change adaptation planning.

Sustainable regional development is critical to the economic performance of both developed and developing countries. Two thirds of Australia’s export earnings come from regional industries such as agriculture, tourism, retail, services and manufacturing.

As such, demand has risen sharply for professionals with the ability to undertake regional socioeconomic and environmental planning that looks to the long-term competitive advantages of regional areas, and propose appropriate policy responses.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well prepared to take advantage of these opportunities.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Key facts

Duration

One year part-time

Campuses

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - International students should note that, due to visa regulations, this course can only be undertaken while living outside Australia.

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Regional Development

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Deakin code

S504

Level

Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

Bachelor degree in same discipline (including sciences; engineering; urban, land-use and environmental planning; conservation; economics; sociology; organisational development), with a minimum WAM or GPA of 65% in the final year units/subjects; or
5 years of relevant work experience in the same discipline deemed equivalent to a Bachelor degree.

Career outcomes

This course will prepare students for a career in planning (strategic, economic, rural, environmental, statutory), management (including environmental management), policy development, socio-economic and demographic analysis among others. Potential employers include: government (national, state and local) departments and agencies with a focus on regional areas, economic development, agriculture, the environment or policy development; planning, economic and environmental firms; statutory authorities such as catchment management authorities; and any organisation seeking graduates with formal training in strategic thinking and planning.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Demonstrate mastery and specialist knowledge through the application of scientific research principles and methodologies in the investigation of recent developments within a chosen field of study.
  • Plan and execute a substantial research project to demonstrate a deep understanding and mastery within that scientific field.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Present a reasoned argument that highlights essential details of scientific procedures, key observations, results and conclusions of scientific research in a professional manner using appropriate style, language and references including local, national, and international contributions or contexts.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Use well-developed technical skills, judgement and responsibility to independently locate, analyse, evaluate the merits of, synthesise and disseminate scientific literature in the planning and implementation of research projects.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Appraise complex scientific methodologies and information using critical, analytical and logical reasoning from multiple perspectives for evaluating the merits of scientific methodologies, theoretical propositions and practice.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Demonstrate complex problem solving skills by identifying and creating solutions to real world ill-defined problems through scientific inquiry.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Work autonomously, responsibly and safely to solve unstructured problems and actively apply knowledge of regulatory frameworks and scientific methodologies to make informed choices.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Work independently and collaboratively with advice from the supervisor towards achieving the outcomes of a research project and thereby demonstrate interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, managing difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback and work in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Demonstrate scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability to articulate the place and importance of scientific inquiry in the local and global context.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course Structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Regional Development, students must attain 4 credit points (1 year - part time).

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

PDF Application form - 306 KB

Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

Credit for Prior Learning

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

Workload

You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Offered campuses

Study online at Cloud Campus

Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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