The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts
Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

Program code: 40274

Program handbook

Description

Spatial science underscores almost every aspect of modern life. Due to rapid growth of easily accessible high-quality spatial data, there is increasing demand for employees with skills in managing and analysing location based data in order to solve local through to global scale problems. In this program you will have access to specialised GIS software, learn how to collect unique data sets using drones, access online global earth data and apply spatial analysis techniques to a wide range of environmental and social problems. By the time you finish your studies, you will have the practical skills to make a meaningful difference in the world and contribute new solutions to the many scientific challenges we face.

Please note: Students who commence in Trimester 1 or Semester 1 will take a minimum of 1 year to complete the program. Students who commence in Trimester 2, Semester 2, or Trimester 3 will take a minimum of 1.5 years to complete the program.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Specialist knowledge in computational techniques for acquiring, analysing and interpreting spatial data sets.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills applied to the field of spatial science.
  • Critically evaluated literature and other information sources relevant to spatial science fields.
  • Independently planned, implemented, interpreted, analysed and evaluated problems within the environmental and spatial science fields.

Details

Information correct as at30 Sep 2020 5:05 pm
Program code40274
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeSemesters and Trimesters
Fees
    Managing faculty
    1. Faculty of Science
    Contributing schools
    1. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
    2. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    Relevant University rules and policies

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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    Admission to the program will be available for applicants who have:

    • An AQF level 7 Bachelor degree or higher tertiary qualification OR
    • An AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a cognate area (such as geography, environmental science, earth science, civil engineering, surveying, or environmental engineering) plus a minimum of one year relevant experience.

    Please note: Students who commence in Trimester 1 or Semester 1 will take a minimum of 1 year to complete the program. Students who commence in Trimester 2, Semester 2, or Trimester 3 will take a minimum of 1.5 years to complete the program.

    Minimum English language proficiency requirements

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


    Credit transfer

    If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    80 units

    Program duration

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

    Program requirements

    This program requires the completion of exactly 80 units comprised of:

    • 20 units of Core Courses
    • 30 units of Group A Directed Courses
    • 30 units of Group B Directed Courses

    Program structure

    Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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    Core Courses

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    GEOS6250Advanced Spatial ScienceNot currently offered10 units
    GEOS6350Advanced Remote Sensing Data and ApplicationsNot currently offered10 units

    Group A Directed Courses

    Choose 30 units from the following Group A Directed Courses. GEOS6161 is recommended for students who have not had previous spatial science training.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    ENVS6400Advanced Research ProjectNot currently offered10 units
    ENVS6525Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
    • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    ENVS6530Environmental Management
    • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    ENVS6545Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy
    • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    GEOG6080Cities and RegionsNot currently offered10 units
    GEOG6090Society and SpaceNot currently offered10 units
    GEOG6130Geographies of DevelopmentNot currently offered10 units
    GEOS6161Spatial ScienceNot currently offered10 units

    Group B Directed Courses

    Choose 30 units from the following Group B Directed Courses

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    ENVS6001Biodiversity, Conservation Science and Management
    • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    ENVS6535Implementing Environmental Resilience and Addressing Complexity
    • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    ENVS6555Applied Natural Resource Management
    • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    ENVS6560Contemporary Issues in Water Management
    • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PHYS6010Contemporary Issues in Energy
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    STAT6001Data Wrangling and Visualisation
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    STAT6020Predictive Analytics
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units

    Additional information

    All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


    International students

    All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

    Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.