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Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$8,490* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Tel 03 9244 6699
sebe@deakin.edu.au

www.deakin.edu.au/sebe/les

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 64.00
CRICOS course code075361K
VTAC Codes1400516461 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S398

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) provides you with the skills and knowledge to manage the interaction between people and the environment, and to satisfy society’s needs for clean water, fresh air and healthy soils through the sustainable use of natural resources, environments and ecosystem services.

 

Environmental management is a multidisciplinary field which focuses on finding solutions to the world's most pressing environmental problems. This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the functioning and management of the complex interactions between the biological, physical, social, economic and political worlds.

 

You can design your own career direction in environmental management by choosing elective units to specialise in areas of study such as wildlife management, coastal and marine management, and environmental sustainability.

 

There is a focus on providing you with practical and relevant skills that will be invaluable to your future career, with fieldwork and industry-based learning incorporated into all aspects of the course. You will experience a combination of hands-on and theoretical learning and have access to state-of-the-art facilities including sustainability assessment tools and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory.

 

Government and industry partners regularly contribute to the course to ensure graduates are job ready. You will have the opportunity to apply for the Department of Sustainability and Environment Cadetship Program, Industry Based Learning scholarships and Earthwatch projects during your degree, and the Department of Sustainability and Environment Graduate Recruitment program on completion of your degree. Once you have gained experience working in the environmental industry, you will be eligible to become a Certified Environmental Practitioner through the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

 

An honours year is available for high-achieving students upon completion of this degree.

 

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* 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 2011, 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 2011 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
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.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) degree you may choose to pursue opportunities in a wide variety of careers such as environmental planning, environmental policy, sustainability, environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation, industry-based environmental management, waste management, human dimensions of environmental management, environmental education, catchment management, water resource management,  land rehabilitation, pollution control, environmental science, conservation, and coastal and park management.

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Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

 

  • 13 core units
  • 11 elective units (3 restricted electives and 8 general electives)
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • At least 3 elective units from a prescribed list below (pre-requisites apply)
  • No more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • At least 14 credit points over levels 2 and 3 with a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • up to 8 electives can be taken outside the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

 

 

Students have the option of using their elective units to complete a major.  A recommended major sequence for students in the Bachelorof Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability):

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE121 Environmental Sustainability  

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  *

plus two elective units 

 

Trimester 2

SLE102 Physical Geography  

SLE101 Techniques in Environmental Science  

STP010 Introduction to Work Placements  *

plus two elective units 

 

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE231 Hydrology and Water Resources Management  

SLE201 Society and Environment  

SLE239 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  

plus one elective unit

 

Trimester 2

SLE207 Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment  

SLE226 Environmental Team Based Research  

plus two elective units 

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301 Professional Practice  

SLE303 Managing Environmental Projects  

plus two elective units


Trimester 2

SLE308 Policy Instruments for Sustainability  

SLE305 Catchment and Coastal Management  

plus two elective units.

 

 

Students are required to select at least three of their elective units from the prescribed list below.

 

SHD201/SHD301 Creating Sustainable Futures  

SLE202 Landscape Evolution  

SLE332 Geographic Information Systems  *

SLE114 Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Conservation  ^

SLE215 Ecotourism and Interpretation  

SLE216 Bushfire Management  *

SLE320 Sustainability and Waste Management  

SLE328 Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change  

SLE342 Risks to Healthy Environments  

SLE317 Australian Vegetation and Its Management  

SLE322 Landscape Ecology  

 

* not available in 2014

^ Please note that entry to this unit for S398 Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) students is via application based on merit and requires approval of the Unit Chair.

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Course expenses

In addition to student contribution fees, students should be aware that they may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork.

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Entry 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.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

Closing dates

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa will receive a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). The SLE entitles a student to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.

* 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 2011, 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 2011 can be viewed from the Unit Search.


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.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

 

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.

 

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