Graduate Certificate in Catchment and Waterway Management
What will I study?
The Graduate Certificate comprises of four subjects, which are preceded by a course orientation session held over one full day in Melbourne designed to set the scene, promote interaction, assign projects and groupings.
Each subject comprises a remote learning component combined with an intensive face-to-face teaching period of four days per subject supplemented by major projects, assignments and case studies. The delivery venues includes a combination of on campus or at regional centres in Victoria (ie: Wilsons Prom, Dookie and Creswick). Remote learning is supported via the University online learning management system (LMS).
Each subject is taught sequentially so that participants are only committed to a single subject at a time.
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- Fundamentals of Catchment Management12.5
Fundamentals of Catchment Management
This subject is concerned with providing students with a common starting point across the range of physical, biological, chemical, social and institutional processes that bear on catchment behaviour (in both rural and urban settings). The subject structure uses past, current and foreseeable issues facing catchment managers to introduce the concepts of catchments as physical, biological, chemical, social and institutional systems. Subject content covers the principles of:
• ecology and
• water quality in sufficient detail to understand the main processes that control the condition of:
• floodplains and
Content also introduces the institutional and social context of catchment management to understand the constraints on management intervention and the multiple goals of catchment management.
The structured remote learning component introduces each of the topic areas with readings, online discussion and exercises and introduces the range of relevant catchment processes.
A four day intensive face to face session focuses on the knowledge needed to understand catchments as interacting systems and illustrates limitations on management intervention options through consideration of past, current and future catchment issues. As part of this subject, students undertake a component of the overall course project, examining a catchment management issue to identify the physical, biological, chemical, social and institutional processes that guide or constrain management intervention.
- On-ground River Protection & Restoration12.5
On-ground River Protection & Restoration
This subject is concerned with demonstrating a series of principles that apply to the selection, design and implementation of on-ground river and water protection and restoration projects in rural and urban settings. The content will focus at an activity level and at a site scale. Subject material will present a range of techniques but will focus on understanding selection and applicability rather than providing prescriptive methodologies..
The selection and application of techniques will address principles such as:
- achieving balance,
- promoting stewardship,
- achieving landscape scale change,
- adaptive management,
- proactive management,
- flexible programs that are enabling not prescriptive.
Topics will include techniques in rural and urban settings for:
- managing quality and quantity of runoff
- managing riparian zones,
- controlling exotic species,
- providing instream habitat,
- providing fish passage
- achieving environmental flows
- managing stormwater
- providing for rainwater and stormwater reuse
- creating and/or managing wetlands
- floodplain management,
- reconnecting rivers and floodplains,
- managing sand and sediment,
- erosion control, and
- responding to floods, wildfires and other natural disasters.
The structured remote learning component will review available techniques and familiarise students with the selection and application of techniques as preparation for activity sessions during the four-day intensive component of the subject. Students will also work remotely on their project, which for this subject will involve the selection and application of a technique in response to a real catchment management issue. The four-day intensive face-to-face session will focus on the knowledge needed to select and apply particular techniques and use of the "Technical Guidelines for Waterway Management". As the fulcrum of this session, students will select and apply techniques in real situations.
- Caretaking Rivers for the Community12.5
Caretaking Rivers for the Community
This subject is concerned with demonstrating how catchment management projects are integrated into catchment management programs to achieve multiple outcomes across multiple sites. It demonstrates how the "Principles of Natural Resources Management" apply to the design of river health and water resources protection programs. The content will focus on medium term outcomes at a sub-catchment or reach scale. Subject material will consider programs for:
- stakeholder involvement,
- erosion management,
- riparian management,
- habitat restoration,
- managing drainage schemes,
- managing the environmental water reserve, and
- floodplain management.
The subject addresses the acquisition of the data and the knowledge to formulate activity and monitoring programs using integrated assessment and prediction tools and risk-based approaches.
The structured remote learning component reviews obligations under compliance and statutory requirements and guides students toward familiarity with various tools to assist in program development. Students also work remotely on their project which for this subject will involve broadening their previous work to build a comprehensive program to manage a catchment issue. The four day intensive face to face session focuses on building and using the skills needed to develop effective catchment management programs including:
- risk and risk assessment,
- social issues and community involvement,
- using "toolkit" products,
- knowledge management and corporate memory, and
- program evaluation.
There is also a presentation dealing with program implementation how to get the program off the bookshelf and on to the ground.
- Integrated Management Plans12.5
Integrated Management Plans
This subject allows the student to see how integrated planning and investment across regions is required to achieve long-term region scale goals. It demonstrates how to move from rhetoric to reality in implementing catchment scale plans in an environment of uncertainty. It will focus on existing Regional Plans and reassess them in the light of a review of theory, principles and case studies from around the world.
The subject takes a theoretical approach to prioritisation and planning and then progressively introduces practical considerations and gaming that recognise the reality of the seven "Principles of Natural Resource Management".
The structured remote learning component reviews planning theory and relevant legislation, and gathers information on existing regional plans.
Students also work remotely on their project, which for this subject involves investigating how their previous program fits into a long term regional context. The four day intensive face to face session begins with a review of existing catchment plans, and then uses theory, gaming and international case studies to help students build a critique of the existing plan and make suggestions for its improvement.
There is also a presentation dealing with skills for communicating and generating ownership of regional catchment strategies.