Charles Darwin University

Introduction

More than 120 years ago, Banjo Paterson described the Northern Territory as a “vast wild land, full of huge possibilities”.And he was right.So how did a relatively small population, spread sparsely across an area, one–fifth the land mass of Australia, with little educational resources to speak of, turn those possibilities into a reality?By creating a study environment where the freedom exists for people to evolve their lives.Today this environment is captured at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

The beginning

The seed of CDU dates back to Darwin in the 1950s.With no offices or permanent staff, adult education classes in typing, shorthand and French were first conducted in school premises and taught by teachers working outside of normal hours.Darwin’s Adult Education Centre’s first full-time Principal Harold Garner brought tremendous energy to the role.On enrolment day the Centre resembled an ant’s nest, thriving with activity.It was the first institution to offer post-secondary studies in the Northern Territory.In March 1974 Darwin’s Adult Education Centre graduated to become the Darwin Community College.Nine months later, on Christmas eve, Cyclone Tracey struck Darwin, the college directly in its path in the maximum destruction zone.

The Darwin Community College was later known as the Darwin Institute of Technology.Talk of a university in the Territory had been brewing as far back as 1950s.The objectives – to stop the brain drain south, conduct research into the Territory’s unique desert and tropical environments, and aid in development towards statehood.This would take another name change for the Darwin Community College.The Federal Government’s introduction of the Unified National System finally come to fruition in 1989, with the establishment of the Northern Territory University.There was one last merger, this time with the Alice Spring’s Centralian College in 2003, and one last name change to ‘Charles Darwin University’(CDU).

Today

Territorians no longer have to send their children away from home for a University education. From this year (2011), students, for the first time ever, need not leave the Territory to become doctors.A five-star rating for research from the Good Universities Guide, acknowledges CDU’s place on the world stage.Providing research that is helping to solve global challenges and close to home.There is no better example of this than the Menzies School of Health Research which is improving indigenous health outcomes in tropical and Central Australia.CDU is the only Australian university to offer the full spectrum of education options from senior secondary, through to VET, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.The Northern Territory community has responded to this with the highest per capita participation in Higher Education in the country.CDU continues to attract students from around the world. Currently there are more than 22,000 students enrolled, including over 8,000 interstate and overseas.The University’s adaptive and altruistic culture has allowed it to not only survive, but thrive in a changing world.

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Master of Accounting (Professional Practice)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4  January 2017 Australia Sydney Melbourne Northern Territory + 3 more

Graduates of degree courses other than accounting may later wish to enhance their management skills or become professional accountants by undertaking a conversion course such as this MACPP. A conversion [+]

Master of Accounting (Professional Practice)

Locations:

CDU Melbourne CDU Sydney Casuarina Campus External Studies

Graduates of degree courses other than accounting may later wish to enhance their management skills or become professional accountants by undertaking a conversion course such as this MACPP. A conversion course enables graduates with non-accounting or partial accounting backgrounds to meet the academic requirements for membership of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the UK. The course focuses on contemporary knowledge and skills required for practise as a public or chartered accountant; effective management; accountability and control; and effective decision-making for financial success.... [-]


Master of Education (MED)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  January 2017 Australia Northern Territory + 1 more

The Master of Education program is designed to meet the professional learning needs of educators in school and non school settings, including VET and early childhood education and care services. The [+]

Master of Education (MED)

Locations:

Casuarina Campus External Studies

The Master of Education program is designed to meet the professional learning needs of educators in school and non school settings, including VET and early childhood education and care services. The course offers opportunities to negotiate a personalised learning pathway suited to the specific needs of the educational or professional context. The course has a research track for students seeking to better understand contemporary educational research or later enrolment in a research degree.

The course structure and study plans are accurate as 1 August 2013. The University reserves the right to make changes up until 1 November 2013. 2014 unit offering and fee information will be available from 1 October 2013.... [-]


Master of Engineering (MENGIN)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4  January 2017 Australia Northern Territory + 1 more

The course combines coursework and project work to provide interest and challenge to students. In addition to the technical knowledge expected in a postgraduate course, there is an emphasis on the [+]

Master of Engineering (MENGIN)

Locations:

Casuarina Campus External Studies

This course is offered to engineering technologists wishing to upgrade their qualifications within specific areas of engineering:

Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Mechanical Engineering

The course combines coursework and project work to provide interest and challenge to students. In addition to the technical knowledge expected in a postgraduate course, there is an emphasis on the themes of sustainability, creativity, teamwork, design and leadership throughout the program.

The course includes a 12-week work experience component, which ensures graduates are job-ready and familiar with engineering employment opportunities.... [-]


Master of Environmental Management (MEM)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4  January 2017 Australia Northern Territory + 1 more

This course provides postgraduate education for existing and future professionals on the background, principles and practices of environmental management, particularly in the context of wet-dry [+]

Master of Environmental Management (MEM)

Locations:

Casuarina Campus External Studies

This course provides postgraduate education for existing and future professionals on the background, principles and practices of environmental management, particularly in the context of wet-dry and semi-arid tropical ecosystems. The generic skills concepts and applications covered in this course are also highly relevant to those working in other ecosystems. The course also includes a focus on the social context within which environmental management takes place.

Specific objectives of this course include providing a program that is flexible and caters to the needs of individual students. The flexibility of unit selection means students can undertake the course fully externally or internally, or a combination of both, depending on unit selection. Internally enrolled students attend tutorials on campus, while having full access to the materials provided to external students. Small class sizes mean that all students have ready access to staff, via collegial distance or face-to-face interactions.... [-]


Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) (MITSE)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4  January 2017 Australia Northern Territory + 1 more

The Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) is offered to IT graduates wishing to upgrade their qualifications in the area of software engineering. The course combines course and project [+]

Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) (MITSE)

Locations:

Casuarina Campus External Studies

The Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) is offered to IT graduates wishing to upgrade their qualifications in the area of software engineering. The course combines course and project work to provide interest and challenge to students. Project work may be based in industry, providing opportunities to engage with potential employers.

This course is designed to prepare students for entry to the profession in Australia and includes a 12-week work experience component, which ensures graduates are job-ready and familiar with local IT employment opportunities.... [-]


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