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Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage)

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage)

Associate Degree in Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) [exit point only]

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Are you passionate about Australia's natural, cultural and historical assets? Is your ideal working day spent in spectacular mountain landscapes or majestic forests filled with wildlife? If so, a career as a ranger may be ideal for you.

As the oldest and most respected park management degree in Australia, CSU's Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to manage the National Reserve System, particularly how to conserve these unique landscapes for future generations. Our course develops well-rounded, far-sighted people who can help communities flourish and influence the world for the better.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's highly regarded course has been training rangers for more than 30 years. With the continued involvement of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to develop the degree, our curriculum is focused on teaching the key skills park managers require: strong understanding of different environments and the ability to communicate with people using these environments.

    CSU's expertise

    Learning under dedicated academic staff with extensive experience, you'll graduate with the knowledge, skills, habits and professional networks needed for a successful career.

    Practical and rewarding experience

    This degree emphasises real-world experiences, field studies and vocationally focused training. You will have opportunities to undertake field experiences in areas such as the Australian Alps, Mungo National Park and Phillip Island, Victoria.

    Ideal location

    Students studying on campus will have an ideal base for their studies. Albury-Wodonga is a dynamic and expanding campus, recognised for its innovative design and leadership in environmentally sustainable development. The Port Macquarie campus is located in close proximity to North Coast national parks, significant Indigenous and cultural heritage, high biodiversity, diverse landforms, vegetation communities, fisheries and coastal habitats.

    Tailor your studies

    CSU allows you to customise your study program and choose from one of three specialisations.

    The Wildlife and Conservation specialisation provides cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management of biodiversity.

    The Indigenous and Cultural Heritage specialisation provides cognitive and technical skills in managing and conserving cultural heritage and working with Indigenous communities.

    The Visitor Services and Open Space specialisation develops cognitive and technical skills in the planning and delivery of tourism opportunities and visitor education programs.

    Flexible study options

    CSU allows you to combine study modes or vary your subject choice to meet your other commitments. CSU also offers a limited range of subjects in Session 3 so you can fast-track your study program.

  • Career opportunities

    Careers are highly varied and provide exciting challenges. You could work as a park ranger, a wildlife officer overseeing a conservation program, an interpretive officer conducting outdoor education programs or a specialist in cultural and Indigenous heritage. You could also work for a local government managing parks, grounds and ovals.

    Indigenous and Cultural Heritage

    Careers include ranger, Indigenous heritage officer, heritage consultant and roles within museums.

    Visitor Services and Open Space

    Careers include ranger, interpretive officer, open space planner and recreation officer.

    Wildlife and Conservation

    Careers include botanist, ranger, threatened species officer, wildlife officer and conservation management roles.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit packages available:

    • NSW & Vic TAFE Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
    • full credit given for the Associate Degree of Applied Science(Parks, Recreation and Heritage).

  • 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

    The degree comprises 18 core subjects (144 points), a 4 subject minor (32 points) and 2 restricted electives (16 points).
    Students may elect to exit with the Associate Degree of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) after the completion of 16 (128 points) of core subjects which must include REC205 and ENM309.

    CORE SUBJECTS
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    BIO216 Conservation Biology
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    REC167 Leadership and Communication
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
    REC205 Open Space Planning
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems

    Minor
    Students must complete a minor of 4 subjects (32 points). The 4 subjects (32 points) must be chosen from one of the following three groups:

    Wildlife and Conservation
    32 points from the following:
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
    BIO312 Landscape Ecology
    BIO328 Restoration Ecology
    ENM310 The Principles and Practice of Field Ecology
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science

    Indigenous and Cultural Heritage
    32 points from the following:
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning (16 points)
    PKM366 Site Survey Design
    BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods

    Visitor Services and Open Space Management
    32 points from the following:
    PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
    PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education
    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
    REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism

    AND
    Two restricted electives (16 points) selected from any of the above minor groups

    Enrolment pattern

    Note students can decrease the length of time it takes to do the degree by taking some of the limited number of subjects that are available in summer (session 90).

    Full-time Pattern
    Year 1
    Session 1

    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    REC167 Leadership and Communication
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data

    Session 2
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
    BIO216 Conservation Biology
    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    Minor OR Restricted Elective (REC205 for the Associate degree)

    Session 2
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    Minor OR Restricted Elective (ENM309 for the Associate degree)

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Students can exit with the Associate Degree at this point providing they have completed all core subjects including REC205 and ENM309.

    Year 3
    Session 1

    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    REC205 Open Space Planning
    Minor OR Restricted Elective
    Minor OR Restricted Elective

    Session 2
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    Minor OR Restricted Elective
    Minor OR Restricted Elective

    Part Time
    Year 1
    Session 1

    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice

    Session 2
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    GEO164 Earth System Processes

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 2
    Session 1

    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    REC167 Leadership and Communication

    Session 2
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 3
    Session 1

    PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
    BIO216 Conservation Biology

    Session 2
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 4
    Session 1

    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    Minor OR Restricted Elective (REC205 for the Associate degree)

    Session 2
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    Minor OR Restricted Elective (ENM309 for the Associate degree)

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Students can exit with the Associate Degree at this point providing they have completed all core subjects including REC205 and ENM309.

    Year 5
    Session 1

    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    REC205 Open Space Planning

    Session 2
    Minor OR Restricted Elective
    Minor OR Restricted Elective

    Session 3
    It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

    Year 6
    Session 1

    Minor OR Restricted Elective
    Minor OR Restricted Elective

    Session 2
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources

  • Residential schools

    Residential schools provide a valuable opportunity to gain practical skills and interact with fellow students, lecturers and professionals in the field.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    PKM366 Site Survey Design
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management
    ENM101 People and the Environment

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Admission is according to the standard CSU and UAC criteria for undergraduate courses.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

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

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8896*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN215351
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSPQ
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISPQ
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSP
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113101
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESPQ

    LEGEND
    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

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    012025C (Albury-Wodonga)

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  • About the School

    School of Environmental Sciences

    CSU is one of the few universities in Australia to be ranked as ‘above the world standard’ in environmental science and management by the Commonwealth Government in the national evaluation of research strengths of Australian universities. The School of Environmental Sciences is amongst the top five schools of its kind in Australia, offering courses in environmental science, park management, natural resource management, spatial science, and outdoor recreation and ecotourism – with some subjects involving intensive international field trips. The School emphasises applied learning, using real-world examples, field studies, and vocationally focused training to teach students about the environment. On campus study in environmental sciences is located at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga Campus – Australia's first environmentally friendly university campus.

  • 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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