Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Suzanne Nunn

Course Director

Institute of Koorie Education

Tel: 03 5227 1459
suzanne.nunn@deakin.edu.au

Deakin course code S662

There will be no intake into this course in 2017.

Note: This course is available through the Institute of Koorie Education. Students undertake intensive blocks of study under community based delivery. Please refer to the Institute of Koorie Education website.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management provide specialist skills for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students involved in the areas of land management facilitation, caring for country, environmental management, waste and water management, cultural heritage interpretation and protection, sustainability, project management and education. A key focus of the course is the exploration and convergence of Western Knowledge Systems and the application of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Systems that are currently building a more collaborative approach to the protection of both natural and cultural environments in Australia.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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.

  • Articulate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and its underlying custodial ethic in the context of contemporary natural and cultural resource management.
  • Apply Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and use the principles of project planning, management and implementation to contribute, realise and protect cultural heritage and the environment.
  • Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and Western knowledge to inform contemporary environmental management practices.

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

  • Apply Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge of cultural perspectives to communicate with a variety of audiences and engage in a community-based approach to contribute to and influence Western government policy designs and managerial practice.

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

  • Apply knowledge of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information regarding natural and cultural landscapes.
  • Transform information and experiences into a narrative and use digital technologies to demonstrate the ability to record and document experiences and cultural practice.

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

  • Critically analyse contemporary natural and cultural resource management governance frameworks and evaluate practices in order to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander perspectives to mitigate negative outcomes for natural and cultural heritage and resource environments.

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

  • Facilitate dialogue, consult with community Elders, government and non-government agencies and research institutions to identify possible approaches to managing natural and cultural resources.
  •  Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives and natural and cultural resource management frameworks to create realistic solutions to authentic real world projects and programs.

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate projects and work independently and collaboratively to plan, manage, respond to and realise the management of natural and cultural resources.

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

  • Critically reflect on the needs of the community and develop processes in order to work as a team in a sensitive manner to coordinate, facilitate and manage natural and cultural resources.

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

  • Observe appropriate protocols when discussing and facilitating management of Country in a consultative, ethical and sensitive manner for scholarship or professional practice.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

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

Course structure

SLE791Interpreting Natural and Cultural Landscapes

SLE792Knowledge for Natural and Cultural Environments

SLE793Natural Resource Management Frameworks and Issues

SLE795Planning and Techniques for Interpretation

SHD701Creating Sustainable Futures

SLE797Community Project Management

SLE798Researching for Country

SLE799Essential Skills for Natural and Cultural Resource Management

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 Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Successful completion of a relevant tertiary program equivalent to not less than 3 years of full-time study at a university or other approved educational institution

or

Academic qualifications or cultural qualifications, considered to be the equivalent of a relevant tertiary program or membership of any required Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organization, including a minimum of five years of relevant experience in a related field.

How to apply

Check our Trimester 3 site to see if this course is having a Trimester 3 intake.

Applications for Trimester 3 are 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.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Natural and Cultural Resource Management (S562)