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    Master, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate in

    RANGELAND MANAGEMENT

    Offered by

    Learning for a future in the bush

  • PAGE 1

    The rangelands are undergoing significant changes in resource values and uses, land ownership, economic direction and cultural diversity. These involve a fundamental shift from production of commodities to more holistic goals including sustainable development, functional landscapes, quality-assured food and fibre products, conservation of biodiversity, community partnerships, maintenance of ecosystem services, new modes of low impact resource use and tourism.

    Rangeland users and managers need to be equipped to deal with the rapidly changing global economy and the increasing expectations of markets, consumers, governments and other stakeholders. Innovation and a new style of education are needed to grapple with the increasing complexity of managing rangeland systems.

    Current and emerging issues include sustainable production systems, intensification, greenhouse gas emissions, effective stakeholder interactions, invasive species (eg. weeds, feral animals), loss of biodiversity, new business opportunities (eg. bush foods, carbon trading), attracting and retaining people, changing lease conditions, and of course climate variability and climate change. These are not the sort of things that you can readily learn on-the-job or from your mates, and solutions to many will emerge from a mix of experience, the sciences and traditional knowledge.

    This booklet explains how you can gain the knowledge you’ll need for future success in the rangelands, and how to do so in a way that fits with your lifestyle, work and other commitments.

    Rangeland Management graduates 2

    Three important points of difference 3

    Rangeland Management postgraduate programs 5

    Rangeland-specific and other courses 5

    Assessment 6

    Feedback and course evaluations 6

    Who's doing these programs? 7

    Why are they doing postgraduate study? 7

    Pathways for entry 8

    Preparation for postgraduate study 8

    Local support for remote learners 9

    Funding your studies 10

    Tuition fees 10

    Applying 10

    CONTENTS

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    RANGELAND MANAGEMENT IS CHANGING

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    Rangelands Australia (RA) has developed Australia’s only postgraduate coursework programs specifically in Rangeland Management – that is a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master in Rangeland Management.

    These programs are offered Australia-wide and to International students by The University of Queensland.

    As a graduate of one of these programs, you will have advanced knowledge of the national and international context which influences the rangelands, its people, natural resources, enterprises and communities. You will understand:

    • the complexity of rangeland systems, including the bio-physical and socio-economic dimensions;

    • current and emerging issues from a multi-disciplinary and systems perspective;

    • management options and practices that are more aligned with important characteristics of the system such as variability in space (eg. vegetation and soils) and in time (eg. weather).

    With this knowledge and understanding, your effectiveness, credibility and influence as a land manager or advisor/facilitator will be enhanced. You will also have greater knowledge and skills to address the social, economic and environmental challenges facing individuals, enterprises and communities in the rangelands.

    A nationally and internationally recognised qualification from The University of Queensland will put you in a strong position for a career change or advancement.

    We are continually reminded that the rangeland programs/ courses are relevant to an even wider area, and it seems inevitable that the rangelands of Australia (and the World) will expand as Climate Change bites!

    I have certainly benefited from my studies so far. It has given me the opportunity to mix and learn from other people, understand more about our land and our future business, and help the community through increasing the viability of our area.

    Christine Ferguson, GCRangelandMan, Myrnong Station via Wanaaring NSW

    RANGELAND MANAGEMENT GRADUATES

    Thinking in terms of economic, social and environmental impacts is a different framework… which better fits the business reality of these environments.

    David Taylor, MRangelandMan, ‘Myola’, via Trundle, NSW

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    A fresh approach to course development

    All too often, tertiary programs and courses are designed in an office, without considering the real- world needs of the graduates or the expectations of stakeholders.

    We took a different approach - we went out and we listened to a wide range of stakeholders!

    The structure of the rangeland-specific programs was developed according to the priorities expressed in 24 focus groups involving over 450 stakeholders; representing landholders, businesses, agencies, governments, industries, communities and other groups. This approach has ensured that you can now study the most important topics to address current issues, and the most important topics for your future success in the rangelands.

    The courses were developed by experienced managers, advisors, scientists and a qualified educational designer – and always with a systems approach and the ‘triple bottom line’ of business success in mind. Learning activities and assessment items address real issues/problems, and are applied directly to your particular enterprise or region to maximize your learning and the benefits to you.

    The courses have also been reviewed by further experienced managers, advisors and scientists to ensure that the course materials are relevant, practical, up-to-date and high-quality.

    Over 260 people have been involved in the scoping, writing and reviewing of the rangeland-specific courses to date. Their reflections on the process include:

    • “being engaged in such an extensive and robust process of scoping, development and writing… has been a profound privilege. It was illuminating and I am in awe at the passion and expertise engaged”;

    • “highly impressed with (the RA) initiative and breadth of consultation involved in developing courses – quite unique and essential in this interdisciplinary area”;

    • “this type of approach… is most important given the pressures on industry through markets, changes in legislative requirements and climate extremes”;

    • “inclusive and comprehensive process – very few courses would ever have this depth of development”.

    This highly strategic and consultative course development process means that you now have a range of practical, relevant and refreshingly different courses to choose from.

    Courses delivered in a style that suits you

    We’ve made it easier for you to balance study and work.

    Course delivery is flexible - the courses are offered in three modes (subject to minimum numbers):

    • External mode, which allows you to study from home anywhere in rural and remote Australia, or overseas, and to work around your other commitments over a semester (12-14 weeks). You will receive course materials in hard copy and electronically, and engage with fellow students through on-line discussions and teleconferences as you work through the learning materials and assessment items.

    OR

    • Intensive mode, which allows you to complete a course in a shorter time. This involves a face-to-face five day workshop in a rural or remote location in Australia. You will be required to undertake some pre-reading before the workshop, attend the workshop covering course content, learning and assessment activities, and complete the final assignment(s) after the workshop.

    OR

    • Internal mode, which allows you to study at The University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus over a semester. You will be involved in on-line discussions with students in other parts of Australia and weekly or fortnightly tutorials as you work through the learning materials and assessment items.

    All modes provide formal and informal opportunities to maximize learning, and encourage interaction among other students across Australia’s vast rangelands. You will find this is one of the highlights of the programs!

    The Rangeland Management postgraduate programs are responsive to the needs of people in the rangelands, and are clearly different in three areas in particular.

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    THREE IMPORTANT POINTS OF DIFFERENCE

    I have not only gained a better understanding of the place I work and live in, but I have also gained confidence in myself. I am now much more aware of regional, national and world issues and how they impact on the pastoral industry. I have also greatly enhanced my knowledge and skills in the work that I do everyday.

    Trisha Cowley, Technical Officer, Katherine NT

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    We also support you in your learning:

    • Rangelands Australia offers a ‘