The Graduate Certificate in Science (Water Resources Management) is an 18-unit program offered by the School of the Environment, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The course articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Science (Water Resources Management) and the 72-unit Master of Science (Water Resources Management), and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate are awarded credit towards the Graduate Diploma.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in any relevant discipline of science and engineering, from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. These applicants will need to demonstrate relevant experience to an appropriate level and will be assessed at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

Course aims

This program is designed to gives graduates in water resources management an understanding of the scientific as well as organizational, social and economic issues facing the management of water resources. Graduates will have introductory interdisciplinary knowledge in this field, and be able to strategically assess ways of addressing these issues.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the course are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of scientific problems involved in the management of water
  • combine a limited range of science and management methods for integrated water resources management issue
  • understand management fundamentals to solve current problems and to anticipate, mitigate and prevent future problems in the area of water resources management
  • identify social, political, economic and environmental impacts on water resources management
  • communicate satisfactorily both orally and in writing, the nature of, and solution to, water resources management issues and problems.

Program of study

To qualify for Graduate Certificate in Science (Water Resources Management), a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Option - Year 1 topics

13.5 units selected from

EASC8741  Fundamentals of Groundwater* (4.5 units)
ENVS8771  Ecohydrology GE*  (4.5 units)
ENVS9731  Public Health Aspects of Water Quality (4.5 units)
GEOG8700  Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)
POAD9135  Project Management (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units selected from

EASC9700  NCGRT Australian Groundwater School* (4.5 units)
EASC8702  Global Climate Change GE (4.5 units)
EASC8713  Field and Laboratory Techniques in Hydrology GE*  (4.5 units)
EASC8741  Fundamentals of Groundwater( 4.5 units)
EASC8742  Groundwater Modelling* (4.5 units)
EASC8751  Hydrochemistry GE* (4.5 units)
EASC9772  Groundwater Hydrology* (4.5 units)
EDUC9601  Strategic Thinking and Planning* (4.5 units)
ENVH9704  Risk Assessment and Management (4.5 units)
ENVS8771  Ecohydrology GE*  (4.5 units)
ENVS9722  Integrated Water Management (4.5 units)
ENVS9731  Public Health Aspects of Water Quality (4.5 units)
ENVS8732  Environmental Impact Assessment GE (4.5 units)
ENVS9712  Environmental Policy Development/Analysis (4.5 units)
ENVS9790  Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines GE* (4.5 units)
GEOG8700  Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)
GEOG8701  Introduction to Remote Sensing GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8702  Image Analysis in Remote Sensing GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8731  GIS Modelling GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8732  Spatial Information Management GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8751  Advanced Spatial Statistics GE  (4.5 units)
LEGL8300  Principles of Environmental Law (4.5 units)
LEGL8301  Theory and Practice of Environmental Compliance (4.5 units)
POAD9026  Management in Non-Governmental Organisations* (4.5 units)
POAD9056  Asset Management (4.5 units)
POAD9129  Environmental Policy and Governance* (4.5 units)
POAD9131  Development Administration* (4.5 units)
POAD9135  Project Management (4.5 units)
POAD9139  Organisational Politics, Culture and Management* (4.5 units)
POAD9142  Leading and Managing Change* (4.5 units)

*Topic offered externally.