Graduate Diploma in Climate Change Adaptation
Please note: No direct entry. This program is only available as an exit point — refer to the Master of Climate Change Adaptation.
- Learn to assess and manage climatically induced change
- Work towards accreditation as an environmental practitioner
- Intensive course delivery allows you to qualify faster
Program title: Graduate Diploma in Climate Change Adaptation
Award abbreviation: GDClimateChangeAdaptation
Degree type: coursework
Study mode: on campus (intensive)
Duration: 1 year minimum full-time, 4 years maximum part-time
Commence: Semester 1 or Semester 2 (subject to enrolment numbers)
Fee type 2010: postgraduate coursework places
Total courses: 8
USC program code: SC608
CRICOS code: 063003J. Please be aware that some courses in this program require project work and/or independent study and therefore have limited on campus contact. Please refer to individual course descriptions.
Proactively address the implications of climate change.
In this suite, you gain an in-depth understanding of the natural and human-induced factors responsible for the rapid rates of environmental and climate change. You examine the types of governance and community-based responses required to address the impacts and vulnerabilities, and acquire practical problem-solving skills in adaptive environmental assessment and integrated management systems.
The theoretical understanding and practical tools enable you, as a practitioner, to integrate best-practice vulnerability assessment tools and techniques effectively with nationally and internationally endorsed environmental management systems. The purpose is to mitigate unwanted effects of climate change and manage project outcomes to ensure continuous improvement in the environmental conditions and the sustainability of natural resources.
You acquire skills through a combination of lectures, readings, group discussions, practical projects and the use of interactive modelling tools. Your assessment is based on a combination of individual and group project tasks. Some classes use environmental simulation models to develop skills in problem definition, data and information manipulation, management and application. These tools support the preparation of vulnerability assessment documents and environmental management plans for environmental and natural resources management.
If you choose to exit the masters program after completing eight courses, you may be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Climate Change Adaptation. Students must have completed all the requirements of the Graduate Diploma to be awarded this program. Please note that there is no direct entry into the Graduate Diploma.
Graduates of the Master of Climate Change Adaptation can work towards accreditation as an environmental practitioner from the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), or equivalent overseas accreditation body.
The Climate Change Adaptation programs are run in an intensive mode. Students should refer to the Faculty of Science, Health and Education course schedule or the published timetables as sessions can vary from year to year.
Courses require a student activity investment of 120 hours. Approximately 60 hours will be undertaken over 6–7 consecutive days on campus for lecture-based courses. In most cases, courses run from for a week including weekends for lecture-based courses. The remaining 60 hours is required for independent student-learning activities, both before and after the on-campus component which may include readings, exercises and the preparation of assessment items.
Program requirements and notes
- Students are required to successfully complete 8 courses as listed below.
- Exit point only. No direct admission to the Graduate Diploma in Climate Change Adaptation.
- Students unable to complete the Master of Climate Change Adaptation may exit via this program.
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.
- Some courses in this program require project work and/or independent study and therefore have limited on campus contact. Please refer to individual course outlines.
- Postgraduate students are expected to have a high level of English written and speaking skills. Refer to the English language proficiency requirements.
Students must complete (8) of the following courses:
|Course||Usual teaching session of offer||Requisites||Units|
|ENS703 Governance, Engagement and Capacity Building||Session 2||12.00|
|ENS708 Advancement of Ecosystem Based Management||Session 4||12.00|
|ENS712 Integrated Management A: Theory and Practice||Session 5||12.00|
|ENS713 Integrated Management B: Practical Application||Session 6||Co: ENS712||12.00|
|ENS717 Climate Change Project||Session 4 & 7||12.00|
|ENS724 Coastal Systems Dynamics||Session 3||12.00|
|ENS726 Climate Change Adaptation Barriers and Solutions||Session 2 & 5||12.00|
|ENS727 Carbon & Biodiversity Markets||Session 2||12.00|
|ENS728 Applied Climatic & Hydrological Systems||Session 3||12.00|
|ENS729 Advanced Climate Change Mitigation||Session 2 & 6||12.00|
|ENS744 Environmental, Socio-Economic Impact Assessment||Session 6||12.00|
|ENS747 Marine Resource Management||Session 7||12.00|
TOTAL UNITS 96