This is an online only, full-day short course that provides stand-alone training in consultancy report review. It can be taken as a single day course, or in combination with Modules 1 and 3 of the series. It is presented in lectures and workshops with a focus on interactivity and learning by doing.
The day will include at least four different guest presenters who are recognised experts in their organisations, and will be representatives of contaminated land consultancies, NSW Site Auditors and Councils with particular expertise and experience in contaminated land issues in a local government context. The day will be facilitated by the Course Coordinator.
The following content will be covered during the course:
- Appropriate contents of preliminary and detailed site investigation reports, remediation action plans, validation reports and long-term environmental management plans
- Conceptual site models
- Techniques for reviewing data
- How report conclusions should be justified with evidence
- Basic principles of risk assessment and what can be determined from it
- Remediation methods and suitability
- Long term management plans and when to accept them.
Topics will be explained in lectures lasting between 30mins and 90mins, with opportunities for questions and discussion. Presenters will share slides, and other visual material via Zoom. Each session will include exercises for you to complete, to consolidate your learning and practice the skills you have learned.
Typical exercises will include group work to solve problems, group discussions around common issues and exercises where you may be asked to annotate drawings, perform calculations or answer questions. These exercises are for learning and are not part of the optional assessment.
Resources and pre-reading
Our UTS Open student learning platform, Canvas, provides course summary information, contact details and profiles of all the presenters. It also hosts the lecture and workshop notes and slides, a reading list and useful links to appropriate resources. The Canvas site will be available prior to the course commencement and will remain available to participants for several months after course completion.
Assessment and certification
On course completion, participants may elect to take the optional assessment which will be a written exercise based on the presented content and learning objectives.
The assessment period will be of 3 months duration and it will be assessed as a pass/fail exercise with a pass grade of 50%. Feedback will be provided with grading.
Successful completion of the assessment provides a Certificate of Completion which may be used as Recognition of Prior Learning in other relevant postgraduate qualifications. A Certificate of Attendance is awarded to all participants.