Graduate Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 7:05 AM on Fri, 7 May

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International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
Location
Lismore, Online
Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
1008140
Course abbreviation
GradCertRA
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Conventional, intensive agricultural approaches have left in their wake a growing number of serious environmental issues, degrading soils and reducing landscape water holding capacity. Looking to the future of food production demands that we rethink our approach to farming systems.

The Graduate Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture is designed for students who want to be a part of a new way of farming that better supports, and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability.

This course is ideal for students from multi-disciplinary, science, agricultural and business backgrounds to gain postgraduate qualifications in the field of regenerative agriculture. 

Drawing on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology, agroforestry, environmental chemistry and socio-ecological systems, the course offers a choice of units covering the theory and practice of regenerative agriculture.

Conventional, intensive agricultural approaches have left in their wake a growing number of serious environmental issues, degrading soils and reducing landscape water holding capacity. Looking to the future of food production demands that we rethink our approach to farming systems.

The Graduate Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture is designed for students who want to be a part of a new way of farming that better supports, and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability.

This course is ideal for students from multi-disciplinary, science, agricultural and business backgrounds to gain postgraduate qualifications in the field of regenerative agriculture. 

Drawing on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology, agroforestry, environmental chemistry and socio-ecological systems, the course offers a choice of units covering the theory and practice of regenerative agriculture.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

Students complete two core units and two elective units.

Core units

  • Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire & Flood.
  • Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change.

Elective units (choice of two)

  • Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
  • Regenerative Agricultural Practices
  • Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
  • Planning Rural Landscapes
  • Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
  • Soil Processes
  • Soil Management for Biodiversity
  • Food as Medicine
  • Ecological Economics for Sustainable Development
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Caring for Country
  • Ecological Jurisprudence
  • Planted Trees and Forests
  • Fire Ecology and Management
  • The Interconnected World.
     

Domestic students

LocationSession
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1, 2$16,000 ($4,000 per unit)102913K
Online1, 2$16,000 ($4,000 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Lismore
Session 2 July 2021
Online
Session 2 July 2021

International students studying in Australia

Lismore
Session 2 June 2021

International students studying online or outside of Australia

Online
Session 2 June 2021
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

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Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Develop a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the nature of complex socio-ecological systems.

Critically analyse and address dynamic complex problems in agriculture by critically evaluating and synthesising information from a range of relevant sources and disciplines.

Develop creative solutions to complex on-farm and socio-ecological challenges.

Develop a strong understanding of the ethical challenges required to address complex challenges.

Demonstrate an integrative understanding of agriculture by explaining the role and relevance of regenerative agriculture, its related sciences, and agribusiness in society.

Be resourceful and effective at reflecting on the role of self in building new knowledge and applying it to socio-ecological challenges.

Apply discipline based knowledge and skills that require autonomy and a high level of personal integrity and self-reflective capacity.

Recognise and accept continuous learning as being central to one’s capacity to realise potential.

Effectively communicate and generate ideas, concepts and knowledge with a variety of stakeholders in the agricultural context using a range of mediums.

Engage with diverse indigenous and other cultural perspectives in rural and agricultural contexts.

Understand a citizenship role that is connected to and responsible for the social, environmental, political and economic contexts in which we live.


Assessment methods

Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and critical reflection.

Teaching methods

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. All Regenerative Agriculture units will require that students attend compulsory field-trips to experience regenerative agricultural practices in different farming systems and regions.

The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Responding to consumer demand and a desire to build more resilient farming systems, farmers need regenerative agronomists and consultants to provide advice and guidance. Graduates will have the practical skills to apply in a range of public and private sectors, including on farms, with agronomic consulting companies, landcare programs, research, education, interpretation programs and government departments such as Local Land Services and the Department of Primary Industries.

Professional placement

Most units include compulsory on-farm field trips and practical workshops.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising 2 core units and 2 elective units, with no more than one unit at introductory level.


Course structure




Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment



Notes

Note 1: Please note that this unit is an undergraduate unit, thus the unit level is lower than an introductory postgraduate unit.
Note 2: The core unit, Building Resilience in a Changing Climate, Through Drought, Fire and Flood, will focus on building resilience for communities and landscapes, while understanding the natural cycles and important socio-ecological interactions that relate to climate change. The other core unit is Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change. Through engaging with these core, post-graduate units, the GradCertRA will provide graduate students from a diversity of academic backgrounds insight into the philosophical underpinnings of regenerative agriculture, whilst allowing students with a science background to gain broad skills and/or select soil or other more science focussed elective units. Though undergraduate units are acceptable as electives, only one elective can be introductory level.

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