Deakin's marine biology course provides you with a unique opportunity to study temperate marine biology in an environment that has some of the highest biodiversity in Australia. Through extensive hands-on laboratory and fieldwork experiences you'll discover the great diversity that exists in coastal and oceanic ecosystems, and learn how to sustainably manage precious marine environments.
The course has a strong ecological focus, linking biological and oceanographic processes in the study of marine environments. You'll explore coral reefs to icebergs, estuaries to oceans and the surf zone to the deep abyss. You'll learn about how marine ecosystems function and how marine organisms interact with their living and non-living environments.
Throughout the course you'll get a strong understanding of environmental sustainability, and use scientific methods and tools to practice sustainable management of natural resources within marine and coastal environments, relevant to both Australia and overseas.
You'll gain stimulating hands-on experience through fieldwork in natural marine and coastal environments on the Victorian coast, including the Great Ocean Road and Port Phillip Bay. For example, students develop knowledge associated with scientific research methods, impact assessments and marine and coastal management by conducting field work in estuaries, intertidal rocky shores, shallow marine habitats, such as seagrass beds, and also high energy sandy beaches. Students will also have the opportunity to work with government and non-government organisations on specific volunteer projects, including Parks Victoria, Catchment Management Authorities and Fishcare and Friends of the Merri.
Elective options also provide students with the opportunity to study tropical marine environments within Australia and gain a broader view of the world by electing to study overseas. The course also attracts many international exchange students, which enables domestic students to establish friendships and networks with colleagues from overseas.
The course also offers a professional practice unit, which involves a placement within a relevant, course-related organisation within either Australia or overseas. Guest speakers from a range of relevant employers also contribute to this unit. This provides students with an opportunity to begin networking with potential employers and greatly prepares students to be 'job-ready' on completion of the course.
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.
VIEW INTERNATIONAL COURSE