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Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7
Dates:

Intake1: 18 February 2019 to 15 November 2019

Duration:

One year full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

Comprising two elective options: renewable energy auditing and mineral resources management, the programme will provide students with both the knowledge and practical skills to develop a broad understanding of environmental management.

Successful completion by students who may have a degree in a different discipline will ensure they are equipped with the knowledge required to fulfil the expectations of the environmental management industry.

Students study elective option A or elective option B      

Elective Option A: Renewable Energy Auditing          

EM110 Introduction to Renewable Energy
Introduces students to concepts of sustainability and renewable energy in the context of energy production and utilisation. Learn to review existing and emerging renewable energy sources.

EM200 Research and Statistics
Prepares students for professional practice by presenting research as a uniting strategy for practice, theory, and scholarship. Both scientific and interpretive knowledge will be drawn on in preparing the student to become a competent practitioner of research. Students will also be assisted in developing skills as a beginning researcher.

EM210 Renewable Energy Technologies
Expands on EM110 and extends students' knowledge of the concepts and principles associated with renewable energy technology with an emphasis on commercially available and small-scale applications. This paper will include terminology and measurement units employed and basic manipulation of data relating to energy systems.

EM300 Research I
Students will apply their knowledge and gain industry experience within an environmental management related context. The cooperative experience is structured to allow the student to critically reflect on the relationship between academic studies and practice and to develop the capabilities of teamwork and problem solving. Students will prepare a proposal for an industry related project which will be research orientated and beneficial to the environmental management context.

EM301 Research II
Students will complete a project which will be research orientated. This paper will provide an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and gain further industry experience.

EM306 Case Studies in Environmental Management and Sustainability
This is an over-arching paper that brings together the elements developed during the degree programme.  The paper emphasises governance at the national and local level coupled with the legal, scientific, management, economic, and societal constraints in relation to various environmental problems confronting the world, the nation, and Southland.  Students will be encouraged to explore issues from various points of view (society at large, local Iwi, various management levels in the public and private sector, and stakeholders) and to propose consultation methods, solution pathways, management indicators, and scientific solutions.

EM310 Energy Auditing
Provides students with knowledge and skills in procedures required to conduct an energy audit. This will involve site inspections, identifying and documenting energy requirements for that site, recording energy utilization details, and measuring, quantifying, and reporting energy consumption needs.

Elective Option B: Mineral Resources Management   

EM200 Research and Statistics
Prepares students for professional practice by presenting research as a uniting strategy for practice, theory, and scholarship. Both scientific and interpretive knowledge will be drawn on in preparing the student to become a competent practitioner of research. Students will also be assisted in developing skills as a beginning researcher.

EM202 Earth Science and Environmental Management
Students will learn to relate earth architecture, earth cycles, and earth geomorphology to the current environmental situation. They will investigate the relationship between surface features, surface processes, chemical constraints, and ecology and habitats.  This paper introduces students to the concepts and applications of remotely sensed data and the application of these data to geological and environmental problems.

EM300 Research I
Students will apply their knowledge and gain industry experience within an environmental management related context. The cooperative experience is structured to allow the student to critically reflect on the relationship between academic studies and practice and to develop the capabilities of teamwork and problem solving. Students will prepare a proposal for an industry related project which will be research orientated and beneficial to the environmental management context.

EM301 Research II
This paper will provide an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and gain further industry experience with the environmental management context selected in Research I. Students will complete a project which will be research orientated.

EM304 Advanced Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring
Students will learn to discuss and expand upon concepts, principles, and skills associated with environmental impact assessments.

EM306 Case Studies in Environmental Management and Sustainability
This is an over-arching paper that brings together the elements developed during the degree programme.  This paper emphasises governance at the national and local level coupled with the legal, scientific, management, economic, and societal constraints in relation to various environmental problems confronting the world, the nation, and Southland.  Students will be encouraged to explore issues from various points of view (society at large, local Iwi, various management levels in the public and private sector, and stakeholders) and to propose consultation methods, solution pathways, management indicators, and scientific solutions.

EM307 Mineral Resources Management
This paper expands on 100 and 200 level related papers and investigates both mineral and energy resources. Learn to differentiate between renewable and non-renewable earth resources, to explore how these resources form and to explore methods used to manage the exploitation of the resources in an environmentally responsible manner.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs: $1901 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

Graduates of the Renewable Energy strand will undertake research and analysis in an environmental management related context, conduct environmental impact assessments and analyse energy systems for environmental impact.

Graduates of the Mineral Resources Management strand will provide advice and expertise on mineral resources management as well as being able to conduct feasibility studies into the impact of resources usage in communities and the wider environment.

Entry is open to those who have graduated successfully from a bachelor degree programme or who can demonstrate equivalent relevant, practical, professional or educational experience in a related discipline.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS Test: Academic Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools or CAE or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: PToE Academic with score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 66 NZCEL Level 4 with the Academic endorsement 

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or passed one of the English language tests listed above. 

The Head of Faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in the graduate diploma programme.

Every candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management is required to follow to the satisfaction of the Board of Studies, a programme of study for a minimum period of one year. The year of study comprises two 17-week semesters.

The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 120 credits for successful completion of the graduate diploma. Individual papers may have specific prerequisites or other knowledge/skill requirements, which must be satisfied by all students.

In order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the graduate diploma schedule.

The student completing the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management will normally be expected to complete the one-year programme (full-time equivalent) within four years.

Not withstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-3.30pm at SIT's main Invercargill campus.

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