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Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipBfireProt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3709.2

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2016 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2015, please refer to: 3709.1 Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection

This two-year part-time Graduate Diploma program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the behaviour and danger of bushfires in relation to local vegetation, land management and weather conditions. Students will gain the knowledge of emergency management and bushfire fighting techniques. Graduates will be able to provide advice on developments in bushfire prone areas, assess building designs against both the deemed-to-satisfy and performance requirements of the planning provisions, building code and standards. The course is a recognised qualification for accreditation with the relevant professional body.

This postgraduate course has been designed primarily as a Distance Learning course. However, select units (three in total) have intensive block style compulsory workshops that require students to attend. These workshops may include fieldwork, site visits or industry tours. Many of the other units have non-compulsory workshops and students are encouraged to attend the workshops to gain the benefit of the face to face interaction within the course. This course also sets a pathway for further learning at the Master level.

Study Mode
Two years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdviceBuiltEnvironment@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetPart TimeExternal See above

Accreditation
The course is recognised by Fire Protection Association Australia as a qualification for accreditation under the Bushfire Planning and Design scheme

Admission

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or higher, in bushfire protection, engineering, land surveying, building, building surveying, construction, planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, physical sciences, environmental studies, natural resource management, emergency management, land-use planning, local government or public sector management;

Or

An AQF Diploma or higher in the bushfire protection, engineering, land surveying, building, building surveying, construction, planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, physical sciences, environmental studies, natural resource management, emergency management, land-use planning, local government or public sector management plus four years full-time equivalent professional and/or voluntary work experience in the relevant fields in industry, local government, or state fire services.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Summer Intake

Year 1

Summer session

200500Bushfire Fighting

Autumn session

301103Interpreting Building Regulations (Residential Buildings)
200457Bushfire Behaviour

Workshop attendance in 200457 is required.

Quarter 3 session

300708Planning and Development Control

Spring session

301049Planning for Bushfire Prone Areas
200458Building in Bushfire Prone Areas

Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Protection (60 credit points) - for Summer Intake only.

Year 2

Summer session

301104Professional Practice and Building Law

Autumn session

300948Fire Technology and Engineering Principles
301002Specialised Software Applications

From Autumn 2020, 301002 will be replaced by equivalent unit 301264 Spatial Tools and Mapping

301264Spatial Tools and Mapping

Quarter 3 session

301050Disaster and Emergency Management (PG)

Spring session

200459Emergency Management for Bushfire Prone Areas
200499Alternative Solutions for Bushfire Prone Areas

From Autumn 2020, 200499 will be replaced with the equivalent unit 301265 Performance Solutions for Bushfire Protection

301265Performance Solutions for Bushfire Protection

Autumn Intake

Year 1

Autumn session

301103Interpreting Building Regulations (Residential Buildings)
200457Bushfire Behaviour

Workshop attendance in 200457 is required.

Quarter 3 session

300708Planning and Development Control

Spring session

200458Building in Bushfire Prone Areas
301049Planning for Bushfire Prone Areas

Summer session

200500Bushfire Fighting

Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Protection (60 credit points) - for Autumn Intake only.

Year 2

Autumn session

300948Fire Technology and Engineering Principles
301002Specialised Software Applications

From Autumn 2020, 301002 will be replaced by equivalent unit 301264 Spatial Tools and Mapping

301264Spatial Tools and Mapping

Quarter 3 session

301050Disaster and Emergency Management (PG)

Spring session

200459Emergency Management for Bushfire Prone Areas
200499Alternative Solutions for Bushfire Prone Areas

From Autumn 2020, 200499 will be replaced with the equivalent unit 301265 Performance Solutions for Bushfire Protection

301265Performance Solutions for Bushfire Protection

Summer session

301104Professional Practice and Building Law


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