Graduate Certificate in River Health Management

Course N17AA (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012 - Hawthorn
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


John Tilleard


School of Melbourne Custom Programs
Level 3, 442 Auburn Rd
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Phone: 9810 3245

Course Overview:

The one-year part-time Graduate Certificate in River Health is delivered by a combination of distance learning and intensive periods of face-to-face teaching either on campus or at regional centres in Victoria.


The objective of this course is to increase the depth and diversity of the skills and knowledge of professionals practising in the Victorian waterway management industry and thus to improve the capacity of organisations to deliver their roles and responsibilities for catchment management.

Graduates of this course should:

Understand the technical content of the disciplines involved in river health and catchment management and its relationship to the broader objective of river health and total catchment management. Amongst other things, this involves an understanding of -

  • river health policy and practice,
  • the roles and responsibilities of catchment management agencies;
  • appreciate how to create and acquire knowledge within their discipline, particularly by using and critically reviewing professional advice;
  • be familiar with methods of applying their knowledge in practical settings; this includes -
  • thinking and planning strategically,
  • identifying both strategic directions and specific initiatives,
  • making judgments about and challenging total catchment management policy and practice;
  • realise how the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge about catchment management are intimately related;
  • be able to articulate their knowledge in an appropriate form; in particular, to be able to:
  • interact with a range of stakeholders to achieve community outcomes,
  • manage human resources, and assist with development of leadership and succession planning;
  • be capable of independent critical thought, that will enable them to:
  • adapt and respond to evolving policy and operational circumstances,
  • adapt and respond to unexpected outcomes of management actions,
  • challenge current practices and facilitate positive changes; and exhibit analytic and problem-solving skills, in particular applying specific techniques for managing waterways and catchments.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

To satisfy the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in River Health Management, students must complete all 4 core subjects, a total of 50 points.

Subject Options:

Student must complete all four core subjects.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

All applicants must demonstrate that they meet the following minimum entry requirement:

  • currently employed in the Victorian waterway management industry e.g. Catchment Management Authorities, Melbourne Water, Department of Sustainability and Environment;
  • an understanding of waterway management consistent with a three-year undergraduate degree;
  • the skills of study that are consistent with a three-year degree; and
  • the time and resources to undertake the course.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

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