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Master of Environmental Science (MC-ENVSC) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, students should have gained:

  • a detailed understanding of selected contemporary issues in environmental science and the kinds of data generated by environmental science research programs;
  • the ability to critically investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in the environmental sciences;
  • skills in planning, conducting and managing a project specifically related to environmental science issues or opportunities within industry, including effective skills in data collection, analysis and interpretation;
  • the ability to communicate scientific concepts and results in oral and written form to specialist and nonspecialist audiences;
  • the ability to identify contexts in which their deep disciplinary strengths in their chosen area of expertise can contribute to addressing broader environmental issues;
  • a profound appreciation of the ways in which different scientific disciplines contribute to tackling challenging problems in the environmental sciences, requiring collaboration and mutual respect

Generic skills

  • The ability to interact in a cross-cultural environment
  • The ability to develop time and project management skills
  • The ability to exercise critical judgement and operate in both a team environment and/or with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
  • The ability to exercise independent thinking and high-level problem solving skills

Graduate attributes

Graduates will:

  • have the ability to demonstrate advanced independent critical enquiry, analysis and reflection;
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s);
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, research or project activities, problem-solving and communication;
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines;
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment; and
  • be able to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces.