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Graduate Diploma of Mine Site Management and Restoration

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CSU's Mine Site Management and Restoration programs provide knowledge about the environmental impact of mining operations, so graduates can understand the nature of contaminated lands and how to restore the environment.

The Graduate Diploma of Mine Site Management and Restoration is related to:

  • Why study this course?

    Graduates of this course have advanced knowledge about the environmental impact of mining operations including knowledge of the nature of contaminated lands and how to restore the environment. They are employed by a range of private companies or engaged as consultants to undertake high level assessment of the environment and develop appropriate restoration strategies. They are able to apply their knowledge and skills to plan, initiate, and monitor strategies aimed at reducing environmental impact, restoring the environment, or managing a range of other conservation initiatives.

    As a graduate of this course, you will be able to plan and initiate strategies to reduce the environmental impact of mining activities. You will also be able to implement and monitor other environmental conservation initiatives, and evaluate conservation and restoration programs. You will have a focus on professionalism, science, teamwork and sustainable resource use.



  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Graduate Diploma of Mine Site Management and Restoration is focused on environmental management within the mining industry. As such, it is particularly relevant to people already working in the mining industry seeking to enhance their qualifications and knowledge, or those people with an environmental qualification but seeking to gain further specialist knowledge.

    Environmental professionals working within the mining industry apply their specialist knowledge and skills to developing robust environmental management systems, conducting environmental impact assessments, and actively working to control all forms of pollution. A typical day for an environmental professional could involve:

    • developing and implementing environmental management programs to minimise the impact of mining activities
    • improving environmental practices on site by developing policies, procedures and standard work instructions
    • ensuring environmental legislation and guideline requirements are met and, where possible, exceeded
    • conducting environmental monitoring and reporting on the results.

    Commonwealth Government advice indicates employment prospects in this field are expected to grow very strongly in the next five years.

  • 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 course consists of an articulated set of subjects.

    Graduate Certificate Level subjects

    SPA415 Principles of GIS
    ENM415 Environmental Management of Mine sites and Contaminated Lands
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydology and Management
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Audting

    Graduate Diploma Level Subjects

    BIO326 Vegetation Management (16 points)
    BIO521 Restoration ecology
    SPA406 GIS Applications

    Enrolment pattern

    A normal enrolment pattern would be as follows

    Year 1 Session 1 (30)
    SPA415 Principles of GIS
    ENM415 Environmental Management of Mine sites and Contaminanted Lands

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydology and Management
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Audting

    (Students can exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in Mine Site Management and Restoration)

    Year 2 Session 1(30)
    BIO326 Vegetation Management (16 points)

    Year 2 Session 2 (60)
    SPA406 GIS Applications
    BIO521 Restoration Ecology

    (Students can exit at this point with a Graduate Diploma of Mine Site Management and Restoration)

  • Studying by distance education

    The Graduate Diploma of Mine Site Management and Restoration has been designed to meet the needs of people living and working in remote and regional Australia. Using CSU's expertise in flexible and blended learning, the course allows you to undertake study at a pace that suits your particular lifestyle and circumstances.

    Flexible, distance education study allows students to complete the courses while working in the mining industry in regional and remote communities. This means students can enhance their qualifications or develop the skills required for changing their career, while continuing to work in the industry and apply what they are learning straight away. Course materials are delivered online and a range of communication tools is available to help students feel part of the CSU community, wherever they are living and working while studying.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management

  • Admission information

    Applicants to the Graduate Diploma of Mine Site Management and Restoration should hold a three-year undergraduate degree. Applicants with extensive relevant industry experience may also be considered.

    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!
    Find out more

  • 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
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPPGYYNOSMI
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSMI

    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

    64 points

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

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

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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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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