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The sustainable management of tropical savannas is one of the
most important challenges currently facing Australia and many other
parts of the world. In response to this challenge the Charles
Darwin University, in conjunction with the Tropical Savannas CRC,
has developed the Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of
Tropical Environmental Management courses.
Located at the Charles Darwin University, the program is for
students wishing to continue their studies in environmental
management, or those with training in other fields who would like
to obtain qualifications in environmental management.
Units are also offered by James Cook University in Townsville
and Cairns. The course coordinator is Dr Penny Wurm, Charles Darwin
University and you can also contact Penny for information on units
at James Cook University (contact details below).
All core units are available flexibly, to suit students'
individual learning needs. The material is presented using online,
print-based and CD-ROM formats. Some units have a compulsory field
trip, and lecturers provide voluntary tutorials for on-campus
Students must have access to appropriate computer facilities;
these are available at CDU for on-campus students.
The Centre's partner
agencies, who are involved in environmental management across
northern Australia, have collaborated in the development of
learning materials and supervise projects in this program.
To get a better idea of what happens in the TEM courses, read
the TEMS Links newsletter by clicking on the menu at the
Features of the courses
- Field work in the spectacular environments of the Top End
- Hands on practical experience in tropical ecosystems
- Contact with environmental management professionals
- External mode and flexible learning
- Full-time and part-time study options
- Fees payable through PELS
- Wide selection of units from CDU and partner universities James
Cook and UQ.
- Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas
- Tropical Wetland Management
- GIS Applications in Environmental Management
- Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
- Natural Resources and Livelihoods
All students enrol in the Masters which takes three semesters
full time or equivalent part time. Students may exit earlier with a
Graduate Diploma (two semesters) or Graduate Certificate (one
Degree from a recognised institution majoring in a field
relevant to environmental management. Students may apply for
advanced standing for their professional and academic
- (a) a Degree from a recognised institution majoring in one of
- Biological Science
- Environmental Science
- Geographic Information or other disciplines, as deemed
appropriate by the Dean of Science or delegate.
- (b) or a Graduate Diploma or Honours degree in a discipline
deemed appropriate (as above).
Students would normally be expected to have obtained an average
grade of credit or above (or the equivalent) in final year subjects
in the appropriate discipline area. Advanced standing (up to 40 per
cent) will be granted to students with appropriate professional and
research experience, or appropriate postgraduate study, counting
toward the dissertation component of the program. Advanced standing
is to be determined by the Dean of Science or delegate.
Students may be expected to take recommended undergraduate units
from the Schedule of approved elective units if these areas are not
included in their undergraduate degrees (specifically, Ecology
and/or Environmental Science; Biometrics and/or Statistics;
Geographic Information Systems.)