Certificate In Environmental Studies

This is an excellent foundation course for understanding key environmental principles and issues. Learn about ecology, environmental assessment, wildlife management, environmental restoration, and more.

Course Code: VEN002
Fee Code: CT
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
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Why choose Environmental Studies?

Every type of workplace has environmental issues, and with the ever-growing awareness of these issues, comes the increasing demand for people with a blended environmental knowledge and understanding.

In this industry, getting a qualification is not as important as what many people think. There are lots of opportunities; BUT there are also lots of unemployed environmental science graduates

What is important is:

•    Get the sort of skills that employers (or clients) want.
•    Be prepared to do anything at first to break into the industry and get some experience.
•    After study, continue to develop extra reasons for people to employ you (e.g. communication and management skills, industry networking, plant and animal identification skill, etc).           

Why choose our Environmental Studies course?

Drawing concepts from several different fields, our Certificate in Environmental Studies will provide you with a broad knowledge of key environmental principles in the interests of dealing with environmental issues.

  • Study ecology, environmental assessment, wildlife management, environmental restoration and electives including earth science, botany and environmental waste management.
  • Get experience as well as knowledge - our experiential course encourages you to network, observe and learn.

 

This is an excellent foundation course for understanding key environmental principles and issues. This course may provide an entry point to getting a job or a first step towards the longer study programs needed to work as an Environmental Manager or Consultant.

 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate In Environmental Studies.
 Introduction To Ecology BEN101
 Conservation and Environmental Management BEN201
 Wildlife Management BEN205
 Environmental Assessment BEN301
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 7 modules.
 Alternative Energy VSS102
 Botany I (Plant Physiology And Taxonomy) BSC104
 Geology BSC115
 Earth Science BEN204
 Environmental Waste Management BEN202
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Landcare Reafforestation) BHT205
 Wildlife Conservation BEN206
 

Note that each module in the Certificate In Environmental Studies is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


MODULE CONTENT 

INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY (BEN101)

This subject has 7 lessons as follows:

  1. Ecosystems and Populations
  2. The Development Of Life
  3. Animals, Parasites and Endangered Species
  4. Fungi, Tundra, Rainforests and Marshlands
  5. Mountains, Rivers and Deserts
  6. Shallow Waters
  7. Ecological Problems  

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT (BEN205)

The course is divided into nine lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction To Wildlife Management

  2. Wildlife Ecology
  3. Wildlife Habitats
  4. Population Dynamics
  5. Carrying Capacity
  6. Wildlife Censuses
  7. Wildlife Management Techniques
  8. Wildlife Management Law And Administration
  9. Wildlife Management Case Study Research Project

CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (BEN201)

This course has 8 lessons as follows:

  1. An Introduction To Ecology
  2. A Perspective On Environmental Problems
  3. Pollution and Industry Effects On The Environment
  4. Water and Soil
  5. Vegetation Conservation and Management
  6. Animal Conservation and Management
  7. Marine Conservation and Management
  8. The Future

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (BEN 301)

There are 8 lessons in this course as follows:

  1. Types of Employment for Environmental Scientists
  2. Introduction to Environmental Assessment
  3. International Environmental Law
  4. Domestic Environmental Law
  5. Types of Environmental Assessments
  6. The Design and Process of Environmental Assessment
  7. Writing Environmental Reports
  8. Research Project - The student will carry out a small environmental assessment and write it up as a professional report.

TREES FOR REHABILITATION (BHT205)

There are ten lessons are as follows...

  1. Approaches To Land Rehabilitation
  2. Ecology Of Soils And Plant Health
  3. Introduction To Seed Propagation Techniques
  4. Propagation And Nursery Stock
  5. Dealing With Chemical Problems
  6. Physical Plant Effects On Degraded Sites
  7. Plant Establishment Programs
  8. Hostile Environments
  9. Plant Establishment Care
  10. Rehabilitating Degraded Sites

BOTANY I (Plant Physiology and Taxonomy) (BSC104)

The course is divided into 10 lessons as follows:

  1. Taxonomic Classification of Plants
  2. Cells and Tissues
  3. Specific Vegetative Parts of a Plant
  4. Flowers and Fruit
  5. Seed and the Developing Embryo
  6. Photosynthesis and Growing Plants
  7. Respiration
  8. The Role of Water
  9. Movement of Water and Assimilates through a Plant
  10. The Effects of Tropisms and Other Growth Movements

EARTH SCIENCE BEN204

There are nine lessons in this module as follows:

  1. Structure and Forces
  2. Rocks and Minerals
  3. Surface Changes
  4. The Oceans
  5. Air and Weather
  6. The Greenhouse Effect
  7. Global Weather Patterns
  8. Geological Time
  9. Modern Environmental Issues

FINDING WORK IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRIES

People are increasingly more environmentally aware and job opportunities are expanding rapidly in this and related industries.

Despite this fact, many graduates from environmental courses can find it difficult to obtain employment.  Often this may be attributed to the type of course they have undertaken, or the level at which they have studied.  Many environmental courses also begin with general study and finish off with study in a specific and narrow field. This is important if you are to become an expert in a specialised field, but it can mean that your job opportunities become limited due to high competition between applicants for a limited number of available positions.

You can increase your chances of gaining employment however, by taking the following factors into consideration:

  • Choose a general environmental course to begin your studies as this will give you a broad foundation of environmental skills and knowledge with which to apply to your environmental employment;
  • Supplement your environmental studies with study in subject areas that will provide you with additional skills that you can use in your environmental employment such as study in management, computing and writing; and
  • Try to obtain work experience within your chosen field of employment while you are studying. This will allow you to acquire specialist skills while gaining contacts as well as valuable content for your resume.

If you seek a career in this industry, our advice is to look carefully at the courses you undertake and be prepared to embrace every opportunity to obtain valuable experience, whether paid work or voluntary.

 

Where will this course lead you?

Environmental issues are found in all types of work places, so gaining a broad knowledge in the multidisciplinary field of Environmental Studies may provide you with an opportunity to gain entry-level positions in both government and non-government organisations and private businesses in the following disciplines:

•    Environmental Planning
•    Environmental Analysis
•    Environmental Policy
•    Environmental Compliance
•    Environmental Audits

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Dr Robert Browne

Zoologist, Environmental Scientist and Sustainability, science based consultancy with biotechnology corporations. Work focused on conservation and sustainability.
Robert has published work in the fields of nutrition, pathology, larval growth and develop

Martin Powdrill

25 years working in Telecommunications, IT, Organisational Development, and Energy Conservation & Efficiency, prior to setting up his own Permaculture consulting business. Martin has a Bsc (Hons) Applied Science (Resources Option), MSc Computer Studies, P





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Yvonne Sharpe

Over 30 years of experience in horticulture, education and management, Yvonne has travelled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades.

Robert Browne

ROBERT K BROWNE completed his Honour's degree in Aquaculture at the Key Center for Aquaculture, Australia, and then obtained a Ph.D. (1998) in Conservation Biology from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Robert's Ph.D. was seminal to the development of biobanking to preserve the genetic diversity of threatened amphibian species, where he developed the first reproduction providing fertile amphibian eggs from cryopreserved sperm, and since then his research has led to many major advances. Robert's science career has included consultancy with biotechnology corporations, and in response to the global biodiversity conservation crisis has focused on amphibian conservation and sustainability. Working with zoos in Australia, the USA, Europe, and for the IUCN has led Robert to work with a wide range of international collaborative conservation programs. Robert has experience in a wide range of research fields supporting herpetological conservation and environmental sustainability and has published more than 45 research articles in the fields of terrestrial and marine ecology, marine fish and amphibian taxonomy, nutrition, pathology, larval growth and development, husbandry, karyology, thermo-biology, reproduction technologies, and facility design, and also several book chapters. Robert remains active in research, and in developing a global project for the sustainable management of the Goliath grouper.

Julia Mayo-Ramsay

Dr Julia Mayo-Ramsay is a practicing environmental and agricultural lawyer. She holds a PhD in International Environmental Law, LLM, BLJS, GDLP, LLM (Environmental Law) and a Master of Applied Science (Agriculture).
Julia started out in agriculture working on various dairy farms in the 1980s before working as dairy manager / tutor at Hawkesbury Agricultural College Richmond NSW. Julia then went on to work at Riverina Artificial Breeders at Tabletop (Albury) NSW as an embryo transfer technician assisting vets with artificial breeding and embryo transfer in cattle, sheep and deer. This was followed by two years as a herd manager for a very large commercial dairy herd milking 3,000 cows over three dairies on the outskirts of Sydney before heading overseas. In 1994 Julia accepted a position in NE Thailand at the Sakhon Nakhon Institute of Technology (now a University) training farmers and students in cattle breeding and dairy farm management. On returning to Australia in late 1996 Julia completed a Master of Applied Science in Agriculture at Hawkesbury Agricultural College (UWS) as well as law degrees and maritime studies. Julia now works as a Lawyer in the area of environmental and rural law.
Currently Julia teaches a variety of maritime subjects for Marine Rescue NSW.
As well as teaching Julia is working on a number of environmental research projects.

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