UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Environmental Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Environmental scientists assess the impact of human activity and develop scientific, risk-based solutions to help secure a sustainable global environment. An interdisciplinary approach to problem solving is essential in this field, meaning that both the biological and earth sciences and studies in environmental planning and management are included. This course prepares students to deal with issues such as climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and water resource management.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Environmental Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMEnvSc
Course code72530
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code074951G
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Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Environmental Science has the following exit awards: 72230 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science (24 points), 72330 Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science (48 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Nik Callow
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nik.callow@uwa.edu.au

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (18 points):

S1ENVT4402Analysis for Natural Resource Management
NSENVT4404Environmental Planning and Management
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications

For student in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

S1, S2GEOG5011Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1
S1, S2GEOG5012Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
S1, S2GEOG5013Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 3
S1, S2GEOG5014Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4

Environmental Management specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

Take all units (24 points):

S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
N/APLNG4411Urban and Regional Analysis
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points, of which 4 units must be at Level 5.

For student in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 6 points.

S2ECON5001Contemporary Issues in Economic Development
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
NSGEOG4001Population, Migration and Development
NSGEOG5002Case Studies in Development Practice
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment

Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

Take all units (24 points):

S1ENVT4408GIS Programming
NSENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points, of which 4 units must be at Level 5.

For student in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 6 points.

NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
NSENVT5504GIS and the Built Environment
NSGEOG5004Place-based Development
N/AGEOG5005Advanced GIS in the Social Sciences
N/APLNG4411Urban and Regional Analysis
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment

Land and Water Management specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units including GEOS4499 Land and Water Fundamentals, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

S1GEOS4499Land and Water Fundamentals

Take all units (24 points):

NSENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points, of which 4 units must be at Level 5.

For student in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 6 points.

S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
NSENVT4403Coastal and Estuarine Processes
NSENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
S2ENVT5002Advanced Studies in Environmental Biotechnology
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment

Marine and Coastal Management specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

Take all units (24 points):

NSENVT4403Coastal and Estuarine Processes
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment

For students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 30 points, of which 3 units must be at Level 5.
For student in course by coursework and dissertation, take units to the value of 6 points.

S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
NSGEOG5004Place-based Development
N/APLNG4411Urban and Regional Analysis
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a relevant bachelor's degree, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 72230 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science (24 points)
  • 72330 Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Environmental Science course before completing it, but after completing 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Environmental Science course before completing it, but after completing 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-ENVMM Environmental Management
  • SP-GISEM Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management
  • SP-LWMGT Land and Water Management
  • SP-MCMGT Marine and Coastal Management

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree that aligns with the chosen specialisation in the course are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an optional unit in this course must—

(i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the Masters Specialisation; or

(ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or

(iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.