Graduate Certificate of Applied Science

Course summary for current students

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Applied Science
Duration 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code073996B
Deakin course codeS505

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Applied Science has been designed to increase your breadth and depth of knowledge, and application of skills, in contemporary scientific processes, as well as in a specialisation chosen from the following areas:

  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Environmental Management

The course will offer an integrated suite of units that will cover industrial/environment health, sustainability, environment and/or waste management, chemical hazards and water treatment and management.

Depending on your specialisation, the course aims to provide you with a critical understanding and ethical awareness of issues related to occupational hygiene and environmental and resource management, including an understanding of legislation and the administration of policy in your field.   

You will learn the ability to integrate risk, environmental and resource management core concepts into practical applications in your chosen field, and implement appropriate methods of management to a range of situations involving occupational hygiene and natural resource use.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Applied Science, you must successfully complete 4 credit points of study from one of the specialisms as detailed below.

Note: Students should consult their course adviser to develop an appropriate study plan that takes into consideration career/study pathways, professional accreditation requirements and Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) applications.


Specialisms are available in the following areas:

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Details of specialisations

Occupational Hygiene - unit set code SP-S000063

Cloud (online)

Completion of four units from the list below:

SLE718Chemical Hazards #

SLE719Toxicology and Biohazards #

SLE723Physical Hazards #

SLE724Human Factors #

# Not available as of 2015

Sustainable Water Management - unit set code SP-S000064

Cloud (online), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

SLE720Risk Assessment and Control

Choose at least three units from the list below:

SEN740Water Treatment Processes ^

SEN741Wastewater Treatment Processes

SEN744Water Supply and Wastewater Removal

SEN745Water Reclamation and Reuse

^ not available as of 2015

Environmental Management - unit set code SP-S000065

Cloud (online)

SLE720Risk Assessment and Control

Choose at least three units from the list below:

SLE721Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development

SLE725Environmental Management Systems ~

SLE794Resource Efficiency and Waste Management #

SLE727Environment Protection and Occupational Health and Safety ~

# Not available as of 2015
 ~ Not available as of 2016