Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Environmental Management) (K4E)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 2.5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Elise Praso - Student

“I got my dream job when I finished my Environmental Management course. I love my role - it’s very variable and I work in amazing landscapes. I’m a Coastcare Facilitator with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria.

This course was really useful preparation for the variation of work I have undertaken from fire management, threatened species, solar energy planning, community engagement and working with Traditional Owners."

Elise Snell
Course Graduate
The Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Environmental Management) is designed for those with a 3-year Bachelor degree to undertake honours-level studies in environmental management. It is appropriate for students wishing to add an environmental focus to an undergraduate degree from any discipline, or those wishing to further develop knowledge and skills in environmental management.

The course provides a broad, interdisciplinary approach to environmental management, and articulates to the Master of Applied Science (Environmental Management and Spatial Science) and also the Master of Protected Area Governance and Management. This course will allow you to expand your knowledge of natural and cultural values and the social, cultural and institutional contexts in which environments are managed. You will learn some practical approaches to managing ecosystems that include the methods used to address issues associated with biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

Field-based activities are important parts of the course that allow you to integrate knowledge and apply it in practice. Examples of field-based learning include bushfire work in the University Reserve, management planning for the Three Capes Track (southern Tasmania), and studies of the role of urban greening in your local urban area.

We focus on real world case studies to explore the issues and solutions experienced by industry. Our links with potential employers, such as local councils, consultants and state government can provide you with connections to start you on your career path. You have the option to do a placement with a government, private sector or community-based organisation, which provides valuable skills you would need for a career in the environmental management sector.

We educate management professionals to become evidence-based and adaptive in their efforts to enhance cultural, Indigenous, natural and physical values in landscapes. We do this through a broad, interdisciplinary approach that includes science, politics, policy, social science and spatial science knowledge and skills.

The course encourages you to apply your existing skills and develop new skills and knowledge to manage environmental issues. You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of natural and cultural values; approaches to managing ecosystems; the social, cultural and institutional contexts in which environments are managed; and methods used to address issues associated with biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

Emphasis is placed on bio-physical and social sciences, and our students graduate with practical environmental management skills and knowledge. This skill set enables graduates to make educated decisions between protecting our environment and human development to manage current environmental challenges.

  1. Recommend action for tackling an environmental management challenge by providing specialist knowledge.
  2. Analysing the options through a combination of theory and technical information to produce recommendations to tackle environmental problems.
  3. Demonstrating a high level of communication skills by being able to facilitate discussions and present environmental information to a range of stakeholders.

To prepare you for the collaborative nature of your future career, this course provides several opportunities to interact with professionals from council, state government, industry or not-for-profit organisations, all who contribute practical expertise and advice to your learning experience.

Engagement with sector professionals

Tasmania offers a unique opportunity to engage across sectors, government, private and public, at all levels, to learn practical methods for environmental management. No solution is created in isolation, and take a combination of disciplines from geography, chemistry, engineering, business, politics and more, everyone having input.

Close connections with major conservation groups like the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and others across NGOs, private operators, and government departments like Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). Learning from the people who do this day to day, giving both an unmatched realism to what you’re learning, as well as building networks that you will leverage far into the future.

Unmatched professional engagement and career preparation

An important component of the course is several opportunities to undertake work that is highly practical, often through engaging with a real client. The capstone experience of this practical focus is the professional placement with an environmental management partner. However, many parts of the unit involve current case studies and work in the sector, often with a professional from council, state government, industry or a not-for-profit contributing expertise and advice.

You can engage through distance and online learning, and both modes require a high level of personal, academic, intellectual and professional engagement. Reflective of the careers in this sector, we support our students to work autonomously, as well as in diverse teams with people who are likely to have a different academic and personal backgrounds.

This team work is enhanced by the strong involvement of Tasmanian environmental management professionals. Student diversity and external engagement are both important features because they mimic the challenging professional environment where graduates need to be able to communicate at a high level with people who may not share their values and perspective.

Tasmania is literally a living laboratory

The University of Tasmania has with six diverse ecosystems all within 30 minutes of the Sandy Bay campus, and the world’s second largest temperate rainforest only an hour away. We’re the gateway to Antarctica and, as the birthplace of the green movement, celebrate our biodiversity and environmental sustainability.

Many of your classes will be conducted outside in this natural environment, and your proximity to a wide range of pristine, diverse environments, and the researchers who travel from around the world to work in them, give you unparalleled practical field experience while you study. Plus, it makes Tasmania an amazing place to live!

An important component of the course is several opportunities to undertake work that is highly practical, often through engaging with a real client. The capstone experience of this practical focus is the professional placement with an environmental management partner. However, many parts of the unit involve current case studies and work in the sector, often with a professional from council, state government, industry or a not-for-profit contributing expertise and advice.

Career outcomes

This is a highly practical, job focused course that seeks to give you professional experience and networks. We encourage you to gain some GIS experience as part of your program by varying units to take Introduction to GIS or the winter intensive Reserve System Planning. These skills are taught in an environmental management context and often is the edge that people are looking for to get work in the sector.

There is a range of different jobs in environmental management, depending on how much time you want to spend outside doing field work such as plant surveys and land rehabilitation or whether you are seeking more of a management and policy role that would see you combining research and talking to various groups.

Postgraduate study

If you wish to continue your studies, this course fully articulates directly into the Master of Environmental Management and Master of Applied Science (Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences), providing two fantastic options to continue your environmental management education.

Professional Recognition

We work collaboratively with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand as well as the Planning Institute of Australia to attract professionals to our classroom experiences and link you with the environmental management sector.

Course structure

We educate management professionals who are evidence-based and adaptive in their efforts to enhance cultural, Indigenous, natural and physical values in landscapes. We do this through a broad, interdisciplinary approach that includes science, politics, policy, social science and spatial science knowledge and skills.

The course encourages you to apply your existing skills and develop new skills and knowledge to tackle environmental problems. You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of natural and cultural values; approaches to managing ecosystems; the social, cultural and institutional contexts in which environments are managed; and methods used to address issues associated with biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

Emphasis is placed on integrating contributions from the bio-physical and social sciences, and our graduates have practical environmental management skills and knowledge to make a real difference in the world as part of collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams.

Schedule

In this unit you choose a government or private sector organisation with which you negotiate your placement where, approved by the University, you will work on one or more practical tasks under the supervision of a suitably qualified professional. You…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops an understanding of how instruments of power and organisation can be shaped through effective planning and management, to foster sustainable systems of production and consumption. We begin our journey by examining the concept and interpretations of sustainable…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The conservation of nature needs to occur at the landscape scale as well as within protected areas. Landscapes can be wilderness areas, rural areas with highly varied land use or urban areas. Whatever their type, there are landscape processes, both…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with a practical understanding of key systems for protected area planning and management. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are considered. The global context of protected areas is analysed, including issues of definition, scope and governance.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree and IELTS 6.5 or above. Students with an IELTS below (or any area below 6) will undertake an intensive language course (DEAP course) prior to their place being available.

Students completing the Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Environmental Management) will be eligible for entry into the Master of Environmental Management and Master of Applied Science (Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences), provided that they have achieved a grade of Credit (CR) or better in at least 50% of K4E coursework units.

Note that this one-year degree has Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for domestic students. This means if you are interested in the full-fee Master degree, you can complete the first year coursework component of the Master degree first via this degree, before choosing if you will continue by taking the remainder of the full-fee Independent Research Stream or Professional Research Practice Stream units and graduating with a Master degree.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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