Graduate Certificate in Catchment & Waterway Management

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Environmental Award Graduate Certificate
CourseGraduate Certificate in Catchment and Waterway Management
Course Code GC-CWMGT
Course Abbreviation N17AA
Partner FacultyFaculty of Science
Background The Graduate Certificate in Catchment & Waterway Management is offered by the University of Melbourne and supported by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. It is accredited as a 12 month part-time course designed for rural and urban waterway management professionals.
Course Description The objective of the course is to improve the capacity of organisations and individuals to deliver their roles and responsibilities for rural and urban waterway management by increasing the depth and diversity of knowledge and skills of professionals practicing in the waterway management industry. The course is delivered by a combination of distance learning and intensive periods of face-to-face teaching on campus or at regional centres in Victoria.
Delivery Mode Each subject comprises a remote learning component combined with an intensive face-to-face teaching period of four days per subject supplemented by major projects, assignments and case studies. Remote learning is supported via the Univerity online system (LMS).

Each subject is taught sequentially so that participants are only committed to a single subject at a time.
Who Should Apply Rural and Urban management professionals.
Subjects The Graduate Certificate comprises the following four subjects, which are preceded by a course orientation session held over one full day in Melbourne designed to set the scene, promote interaction, assign projects and groupings.

NRMT90029 Fundamentals of Catchment Management - This subject is concerned with providing students with a common starting point across the range of physical, biological, chemical, social and institutional processes that bear on catchment behaviour. The subject structure uses past, current and foreseeable issues facing catchment managers to introduce the concepts of catchments as physical, biological, chemical, social and institutional systems.

NRMT90030 On-ground River Protection & Restoration - This subject is concerned with the selection, design and implementation of on-ground river and water protection and restoration projects. The content will focus at an activity level and at a site scale.

NRMT90031 Caretaking Rivers for the Community - This subject is concerned with demonstrating how catchment management projects are integrated into catchment management programs to achieve multiple outcomes across multiple sites. It demonstrates how the "Principles of Natural Resources Management" apply to the design of river health and water resources protection programs. The content will focus on medium term outcomes at a sub-catchment or reach scale.

NRMT90032 Integrated Management Plans - This subject allows the student to see how integrated planning and investment across regions is required to achieve long-term region scale goals. It demonstrates how to move from rhetoric to reality in implementing catchment scale plans in an environment of uncertainty. It will focus on existing Regional Plans and reassess them in the light of a review of theory, principles and case studies from around the world.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. This includes industry relevant projects where each student selects either a major project that will be undertaken throughout the whole course or individual subject-specific projects that have/has particular relevance to his or her workplace.
Scholarships The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is offering half scholarships ($7050) for students to undertake this course commencing in July 2017.  Some full scholarships may also be available in special circumstances.
Staff and contractors employed or engaged by Victorian Government Agencies on 31 January 2017 are eligible to apply.  Victorian Government Agencies include Government Departments, State Owned Enterprises and Statutory Authorities.  This includes Catchment Management Authorities, Urban and Rural Water Corporations, Melbourne Water, EPA and Parks Victoria.
If applying for scholarship please download the Scholarship Application Form.
Pathways to Further Study Students who successfully complete the course may be eligible for credit into Masters courses offered by the Faculty of Science.
Additional InformationThe Christine Forster Award for Excellence - The Christine Forster Award for Excellence of $500 cash was established to honour the 40 years Ms Foster has spent working with great commitment to ensure our natural resources were managed sustainably and responsibly for future generations. The prize is awarded to the student who achieves the highest marks and is placed first overall in the course.

The Victorian Waterway Managers Forum Participation Award - This award is awarded to the student who demonstrates the best overall contribution to the course. This is based on contribution to group activities and tasks, quality of presentation skills, demonstration of applying knowledge gained throughout the course, and participation in, and simulation of, group discussions. The prize is sponsorship for Professional Development to the value of $500.
Academic and Teaching TeamDr John Tilleard, Course Coordinator, John has an engineering background and extensive experience in river morphology. He has served on the Boards of Yarra Valley Water and Southern Rural Water and has provided advice on water and the environment to governments, public authorities, private companies and individuals in Australia and overseas
Dr Anthony Ladson, has more than 25 years’ experience in hydrology and river management and has worked on projects throughout Australia, the US, PNG and Taiwan. Tony has more than 100 refereed publication and has completed a book on Australian Hydrology for Oxford University Press. Tony is an experienced researcher, consultant and teacher.
Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd, Ian is a fluvial geomorphologist with a passion for rehabilitating catchments and streams. Ian is the President of the Institute of Australian Geographers and has worked for over 5 years with the Department of Primary Industries.
Associate Professor Brian Finlayson, Brian has over 40 years' experience as a university teacher, researcher and consultant in this and related fields.
Entry RequirementsAcademic Pathway
A recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification plus relevant professional work experience.
Please upload your academic transcript and CV with your application form.

Professional Work Experience Pathway
Extensive professional work experience which demonstrates a capacity to successfully complete the course. Please upload any professional qualification and CV with your application form.
Course Fees $14,100
Please advise if you are choosing Fee-Help, Employer sponsorship or you are paying course fees for the balance of fees.
Fee Inclusions Additional fees apply to cover the cost of subject Field Trips. The expected cost per four day remote intensive session is approximately $600. FEE-HELP is not applicable for this cost. Travel to and from sites is the participants' responsibility
FEE HELPFee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Delivery Dates and Times
Fundamentals of Catchment Start Date: 3rd July, 2017
End Date: 18th August, 2017
Intensive Date: 24th to 27th July 2017
Intensive Location: Dookie campus
On-ground River Protection & Restoration Start Date: 4th September, 2017
End Date: 20th October, 2017
Intensive Date: 25th to 28th September 2017
Intensive Location: Burnley campus
Caretaking Rivers for the Community Start Date: 5th February, 2018
End Date: 23rd March, 2018
Intensive Date: 26th February to 1st March 2018
Intensive Location: Creswick campus
Integrated Management Plans State Date: 9th April 2018
End Date: 25th May 2018
Intensive Date: 30th April - 3rd May 2018
Intensive Location: Wilsons Prom
An Introduction Day will be held at the University of Melbourne Friday 23rd June 2017
How to Apply Applications open:      1 December 2016
Applications close:      5 May 2017
Delivery Venue A combination of on campus or at regional centres in Victoria
Enquiries Claudine Evans, Program Coordinator
T: +61 3 9035 6419