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Graduate Certificate in Water Policy and Governance

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CSU's Graduate Certificate in Water Policy and Governance is a flexible program of study designed to meet the needs of industry. You will develop skills in water policy, management and governance.

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Water Policy and Governance is designed to provide a postgraduate qualification for those involved in the large water governance industry in Australia. Professionals within organisations such as the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, National Water Authority, state offices of water, State Water Authority, State National Parks and irrigation authorities who are involved in developing policy around water usage will greatly benefit from this course.

    The course aims to provide natural resource management graduates a pathway into water policy and governance and allows for further development of skills and qualifications for natural resource professionals. It provides industry linkages by providing articulation pathways from industry based training courses and provides graduates with the skills and attributes expected by the natural resources and affiliated industries.

    The Graduate Certificate in Water Policy and Governance focuses on the development and management of policy and governance in relation to the water industry. The course aims to impart a sound knowledge and understanding of the water supply, climate change and risks to water resources as a basis for developing effective water reform, catchment-based management and policies. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore irrigation, ethics and environmental law. Graduates are capable of successfully governing water policy which results in a distinct contribution to knowledge within their industry and allow them to integrate with other natural resource professionals to improve water resources in Australia.

  • Career opportunities

    This course is aimed at people wishing to enter or be promoted within the following industries:

    • natural resources
    • water management authorities
    • corporations relating to water management
    • advocacy groups.
  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Core subjects

    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts – Mitigation and Adaptation

    Restricted Electives

    PKM562 Environmental Policy
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management  (Faculty of Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences Subject)
    GEO360 Catchment Management through Community Development
    IRR400 Principles of Irrigation (Post Graduate)
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance (Faculty of Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences)
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics (Faculty of Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences)
    MGT362 Commodity Pricing Management (Faculty of Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences)

    Enrolment pattern

    The Enrolment Pattern is defined by the electives chosen.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    IRR400 Principles of Irrigation
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management

  • Admission information

    Graduate Pathways

    The basic prerequisite is that a candidate must hold at least a 3 year degree (or equivalent) in any field, as such it is assumed the candidate understands the agricultural or natural resources within which they work, and they are primarily focused on developing their knowledge of water policy and governance further.

    Non-Academic articulation into the course

    The degree will also provide a pathway for experienced industry people (with at least 3 years of work experience) without an academic background. These candidates could enrol into the Graduate Diploma in Water Policy and Governance Articulation and credit from Industry and VET trained candidates who are currently working in the field may also be offered into the Graduate Certificate. Applications will be assessed at the discretion of the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences Courses Director.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYNNOSWG
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYNNJSWG

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Succesful completion of 32 points including the two core subjects

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • About the School

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education supporting rural industries in Australia. Operating out of the Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School comprises of approximately 70 academics, research, technical and administration staff, offering courses and research focus in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and staff have major involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues. The School’s industry linkages ensure courses remain relevant and topical, and that we develop graduates who will make an impact within their profession.

  • Preparing for Study

    If you wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar, we recommend any of the following STUDY LINK subjects:

    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (Face-to-Face Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 - Critical Thinking
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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