This course consists of 6 modules including
- Wildife Management,
- Marine Studies
- Environmental Assessment
Module 1 Introduction to Ecology
This module incorporates 7 lessons:
- Ecosystems and Population
- The Development of Life
- Animals, Parasites and Endangered Species
- Fungi, Tundra, Rainforests and Marshlands
- Mountains, Rivers and Deserts
- Shallow Waters
- Ecological Problems
Module 2 Vertebrate Zoology
- Vertebrate Taxonomy and Diversity
- Ectotherms: Amphibians and Reptiles
- Overview of Mammals
- Mammalian Glires and Insectivora
- Hooved Mammals: Ungulata
- Primates and other Archonta
Module 3 Wildlife Management
- Introduction to Wildlife Management
- Wildlife Ecology
- Wildlife Habitats
- Population Dynamics
- Carrying Capacity
- Wildlife Censuses
- Wildlife Management Techniques
- Wildlife Management Law and Administration
- Wildlife Management Case Study Research Program
Module 4 Ornithology
- Classification and Introduction to Birdwatching
- The Biology of Birds
- Common and Widespread Land Birds
- Giant Birds and Long Legged Birds
- Seabirds and Waterbirds
- Hunters - Birds of Prey
- Other Birds (Parrots, Honeyeaters, Swifts etc)
- Attracting, Feeding and Keeping Birds
Module 5 Marine Life
- Marine Ecology Systems
- Shallow Waters and Reefs
- Shellfish and Crustaceans
- Squid, Octopus and Other Primitive Animals
- Fish (Part A)
- Fish (Part B)
- Marine Mammals
- Turtles, Sea Snakes and Sea Birds
- Human Impact on Marine Environments and Fishing
Module 6 Environmental Assessment
- Types of Employment available to Environmental Scientists
- Intro to Environmental Law
- International Environmental Law
- Domestic Environmental Law
- Types of Environmental Assessments
- The Design and Process of Environmental Assessment
- Writing Environmental Reports (Research Project)
This course can be undertaken Online, via E Learning (CD) or Correspondence.
THE ACS TEAM APPROACH
ACS was founded by John Mason in 1979 as Australian Horticultural Correspondence School.
Right from these very early times, we've always believed that the best education only comes when the student is learning from the experience of a whole range of industry experts (rather than just a single teacher).
Every ACS course is a work in progress, continually evolving, with new information being added and old information being updated by our team of internationally renowned professional horticulturists.
Over the decades more than 100 horticulture experts from across the world have contributed to these courses, bringing their individual knowledge and experiences from as wide afield as England and Spain to Australia and America.
While may colleges and universities focus on providing courses that relate only to the country where they are based, ACS has always strived to make it's courses relevant to all parts of the world; any climate, economic or cultural situation. This has been achieved by involving a large number of professionals in the course development.
When it comes to tutoring, marking papers and mentoring students, the team approach is just as strong as with our writing. ACS students have the ability to obtain advice and support from staff across the world, with horticulture tutors located in the UK, Australia (both the north and south) and New Zealand.
The ACS team approach and global focus to both course content and student support, ensures our graduates have a unique and "real world" skills set. This unique approach is highly regarded by our colleagues in horticulture.
IS DOING A COURSE THE RIGHT CHOICE?
No course will automatically get you a job – however there are a set of parameters that will certainly help you along the way to getting work – this includes more than study:
Firstly the course you undertake has to fit with industry needs. It should also be broad enough to make you an attractive employee (to a range of employers) so the focus should not be too narrow. The same applies if you are going to set up your own farm or business; business changes all the time, consumer demand changes too so doing a course that allows you to change your approach, as needed, will help ensure your success.
Secondly the course you undertake should not only develop your knowledge but also your ability to retain and recall that knowledge, now and far into the future. Learning to problem solve (an integral part of all ACS courses) helps you to remember what you are learning. When you learn by rote or by just reading and regurgitating texts you usually do not retain that knowledge for long. ACS’s PBL system (Problem Based Learning) means that in your set tasks and assignments you are solving problems that you will also face when working in industry. It is a known method for knowledge retention too and apart from that employers value employees that show initiative and problem solving skills. This skill stands you apart from others in interviews too.
Although doing a course may not guarantee you a job – it will set you apart from those that have not studied at all and it will improve your personal choices when applying for jobs. Each job listed usually gets a huge amount of response – when employers choose people to interview they will look at a range of factors – what you have studied will be just one of those factors. You need to be able to catch a potential employer’s attention – stand out from the rest.
So what else do employers look for?
Great communication skills: verbal, written and also the ability to use a computer.
Problem solving skills: thinking on your feet and working through problems in an orderly way.
Efficiency: doing things in a logical order without compromising accuracy improves efficiency.
Knowledge and skills demanded of the job.
A passion for the work and willingness to learn.Presentation and grooming - people who present as being well organised and well-groomed will impress.
What Can You do to Improve Your Career Prospects?
Passion – those that are passionate about their work and are also open to learning new things do well.
Keep learning – doing a course isn’t the end of the road, today we all have to keep learning over our working life in order to keep up with ever-changing needs and technology.
Do a course that is expansive and covers a range of subjects – this gives you greater flexibility in finding work and getting ahead.
Know what is going on in your chosen industry; employers are always impressed if you can demonstrate current industry knowledge, it also means in business that you can keep up with the latest trends.
Networking with others in the industry is just one way of doing this, attending industry meetings, seminars, trade shows etc., is another. Be multi-skilled – people that are multi-skilled will catch the eye of their employer and will also do better in business. Recognise where your weaknesses lie and work on improving those.
Make sure you have a current and well-written, concise CV (resume).Tutors at this school will help our students with their C.V.'s if you ask -no cost. Resume Writing services can also be used, but they charge.
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