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Master of Urban Horticulture (MC-URBHORT) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate skills and knowledge in the design, implementation and current management practices of urban landscapes.
  • interpret, critically analyse and evaluate data generated through research activities in order to effectively implement horticultural programs and operations
  • investigate and demonstrate innovative approaches to the contemporary, interdisciplinary management of urban landscapes and ecosystems by applying the principles and practices of biological, socio-cultural and environmental factors
  • evaluate urban vegetation, compare and explain green infrastructure systems and communicate the future effects of climate change and its relevance to the discipline of urban horticulture
  • develop an understanding of problem solving methodologies and demonstrate personal accountability by applying solutions to the diversity of challenges facing urban horticultural managers
  • effectively communicate, to a range of audiences, the social, the environmental and functional value of urban horticulture to develop creative and vibrant cities

Generic skills

  • A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity, and the ethics of scholarship
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research
  • An ability to derive, interpret and analyse social, technical or economic information from primary and other sources
  • Awareness of and ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, management and analysis of data
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge
  • Ability to integrate information across a relevant discipline to solve problems in applied situations
  • Highly developed computer - based skills to allow for effective on-line learning and communication.
  • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Highly developed oral communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaisonwith individuals and groups from industry, government and the community.
  • Appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context
  • Ability to participate effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects

Graduate attributes

The Melbourne Experience enables our Graduates to become: Academically excellent Our Graduates will be expected to: have 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, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self directed learning be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies Knowledgeable across disciplines.

Our graduates will be expected to:

examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems have a a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment.

Leaders in communities

Our graduates will be expected to: initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations mentor future generations of learners engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity

Our graduates will be expected to : Value different cultures be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community respect Indigenous knowledge, cultures and values Active global citizens Our graduates will be expected to: accept social and civic responsibilities be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equality and ethics.