About this course
Graduates of the Master of Ecosystem Conservation and Management will be eligible for membership of the Institute of Foresters Australia and with further professional and practical experience to qualify as Registered Professional Foresters.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will:
- Understand the dynamics of a wide range of terrestrial ecosystems and the biological, environmental, and social processes that shape them and how these determine the patterns in our landscapes and their ecological functions and service provision.
- Consider ecosystems and landscapes as socialecological systems. This would include interactions among social and ecological elements at different spatial and temporal scales, as well as the effects of drivers such as climate change, economic and social change, management actions and event disturbances such as bushfires.
- Apply inter‐disciplinary skills and knowledge to develop innovative, integrated, ethical, culturally inclusive and evidence‐based approaches to landscape policy, planning, and management, including conservation.
- Develop and demonstrate skills in assessing, monitoring and analysing ecosystems, land‐uses, flora and fauna through innovative uses of spatial science and remotely sensed technologies and techniques.
- Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise qualitative and quantitative data on natural resources, ecosystems and people, and apply these to a decision‐making process.
- Understand and integrate different and sometime competing issues into ecosystem and landscape management programs, such as: catchment hydrology, carbon sequestration, community participation, indigenous cultural heritage, bushfire behaviour and control, conservation of biodiversity, ecological restoration, and ecosystems for food, water and wood provision.
- Engage with, and manage effective relationships with, a wide range of stakeholders (individuals/communities/industry) in ecosystem management. This includes managing conflicts of values or interests and managing issues related to different forms of knowledge and power relations.
- 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 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 oral communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
- Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with 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
The Melbourne Experience enables our Graduates to become:
- 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
- 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 set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment.
Leaders in communities
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Last updated: 16 March 2020