Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

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Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
1 year full-time
Location
Lismore
Lismore
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
1107060
Course abbreviation
GradDipForSc&Mgt
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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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

Our forests are the lungs of the Earth. They are also an invaluable resource for industry and society. The size of Australia's plantation estate is twice what it was a decade ago, requiring large areas of native forest to be under management - not just for wood, but also for biodiversity conservation, catchment protection, fire management, carbon storage and other purposes.

This degree takes your foundational scientific skills up several notches, preparing you with the knowledge to consider and address resource management across agribusiness and native forests.

As you explore forest biodiversity, conservation, plantation management, catchment protection, agribusiness and native forestry, this breadth of study will prepare you for a career in a vital and varied industry.

Graduates can consider options in park management, land rehabilitation, plantation forestry and other areas of forest work. This degree is also a pathway to further study in the Master of Forest Science and Management.

Our forests are the lungs of the Earth. They are also an invaluable resource for industry and society. The size of Australia's plantation estate is twice what it was a decade ago, requiring large areas of native forest to be under management - not just for wood, but also for biodiversity conservation, catchment protection, fire management, carbon storage and other purposes.

This degree takes your foundational scientific skills up several notches, preparing you with the knowledge to consider and address resource management across agribusiness and native forests.

As you explore forest biodiversity, conservation, plantation management, catchment protection, agribusiness and native forestry, this breadth of study will prepare you for a career in a vital and varied industry.

Graduates can consider options in park management, land rehabilitation, plantation forestry and other areas of forest work. This degree is also a pathway to further study in the Master of Forest Science and Management.

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.

Applicants for admission to candidature in the Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management shall be admitted if they:

  1. have satisfied the requirements of Rule 2 Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards; and
  2. have completed at least sixteen (16) weeks work experience in the forest industry; or
  3. hold qualifications, professional or otherwise, that in the opinion of the Head of School are equivalent to (a) and/or (b) above.

Credit for prior learning

Advanced standing is not granted in this course. Where a candidate’s record demonstrates competence in one or more units in the course by virtue of undergraduate study, an approved alternate program of study will be negotiated with the Head of School.

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

The course provides targeted forest science and management education and training. It includes studies in natural resource management, measuring trees and forests, fire ecology and management, plant physiology and ecology, wood science, forest operations, silviculture, forest health and pest management. You will undertake fieldwork in eucalypt forests, rainforests, plantation forests and on farms. 

Domestic students

LocationSession
Lismore1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1, 2$32,000 ($4,000 per unit)071788D
 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.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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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

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

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.

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Assessment methods

Assessment varies for each unit. It generally comprises a mix of assessment types, including laboratory- and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.

Teaching methods

The majority of coursework units involve a lecture (two hours) and a laboratory session or tutorial (two-three hours) per week, for on-campus students. For units that are delivered online, students are typically provided with a study guide, together with readings from relevant text books and journals.

Some units may be offered as intensive short courses to enable participation by professional foresters and may include formal lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips for hands-on experience to put theory into practice.

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management is suited to graduates with a background in general or environmental sciences who wish to further careers in forest management. The course opens up a range of career opportunities in forest work. Graduates are suited to employment in government forest services, fire fighting, land use and parks management, mine site rehabilitation or restoration forestry.

Eligible graduates can complete further study to attain the Master of Forest Science and Management.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this degree are eligible for associate membership with the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

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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
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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units in Part A; and
    2. four (4) units from Part B
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for a Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management has successfully completed four (4) units comprising at least two (2) units from Part A and up to two (2) units from Part B may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Forest Science and Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Graduate Diploma Degree.

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