Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)

Undergraduate degree

Gain extensive hands-on experience exploring coastal ecosystems and marine environments with some of the highest biological diversity in Australia.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Deakin's marine biology course is offered at two fantastic coastal locations. The Warrnambool Campus, which is situated on the banks of the Hopkins River estuary at the western end of the Great Ocean Road; and the Waurn Ponds Campus (Geelong) which is situated close to the Surf Coast. Students enrolled at Geelong also have access to the Queenscliff Marine Research Centre on the shore of Swan Bay.

The Warrnambool Campus and Queenscliff Marine Research Centre offer a range of amazing marine habitats and ecosystems, and provide you with the opportunity to study temperate marine biology in a marine environment that has some of the highest biodiversity in Australia. Through extensive hands-on laboratory and fieldwork experiences, you will discover the great diversity of marine plants and animals that exists in coastal and oceanic ecosystems, and learn how to sustainably manage precious marine and coastal environments and resources.

The course has a strong ecological focus, linking biological and oceanographic processes in the study of marine environments. You will learn about a range of marine and coastal ecosystems, from coral reefs to icebergs, estuaries to oceans and from surf zones to the deep abyss. You will also investigate, and directly observe, how marine ecosystems function and how marine organisms interact with their living and non-living environments.

Throughout the course, you will acquire 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 will gain stimulating hands-on experience through fieldwork in natural marine and coastal environments along the Victorian coast, including the Great Ocean Road and Port Phillip Bay. You will develop knowledge associated with scientific research methods, impact assessments and marine and coastal management by conducting fieldwork in estuaries; intertidal rocky shores; shallow marine habitats, such as seagrass beds; and also sandy beaches. You will also have the opportunity to work with government and non-government organisations including Parks Victoria, Catchment Management Authorities, aquaculture industries, environmental consultants, Fishcare and Friends of the Merri, on specific volunteer projects and during professional practice placements,

Elective options also provide you with the opportunity to study tropical marine environments within Australia and gain a broader view of the world by electing to study and volunteer overseas. 

The professional practice unit involves a placement within a relevant, course-related organisation within either Australia or overseas.  Specific field visits involving industry partners and guest speakers from a range of relevant employers also contribute to this course.  This provides you with an opportunity to begin networking with potential employers and prepares you to be 'job-ready' on completion of the course.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology), students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study and successfully complete 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points which must include the following:

  • 21 core units
  • 3 elective units
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • level 1 - up to 10 credit points

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

21

Core units

3

Elective units

24

Total units

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis SIT191
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Biology: Form and Function SLE132
  • Human Impacts - Aquatic Pollution SLE105
  • The Blue Planet: Water and Life SLE104 *
  • Physics for the Life Sciences SLE123
  • Introduction to Work Placements STP010 (0 credit points)
  • * SLE104 The Blue Planet: Water and Life is offered in trimester 2 at Warrnambool and trimester 3 at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Marine Invertebrates SLE219
  • Marine Botany SLE265
  • Marine and Coastal Ecosystems SLE263
  • Aquaculture and the Environment SLE262 ^
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Diversity of Fishes SLE261
  • Water Quality and Ecological Health SLE223
  • Aquatic Ecology SLE244
  • Plus one elective unit

    ^ SLE262 Aquaculture and the Environment is offered in trimester 1 at Warrnambool and trimester 2 at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).


    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Professional Practice SLE301 #
  • Freshwater Biology SLE348
  • Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments SLE304
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Marine Animal Physiology SLE315
  • Environmental Protection and Planning SLE319
  • Human Impacts - Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment SLE325
  • plus one elective unit

    # Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

    Electives

    Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

    It is important to note that some elective units may include compulsory placement, study tours, work-based training or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
    Year
    2019 course information
    VTAC code
    1400318043 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400718043 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    S399
    CRICOS code?
    053749E
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    In addition to student contribution fees, students should be aware that they may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with travel, food and accommodation while on fieldwork.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    Students can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, field trips, practicals and online interaction. Individual unit details in the course structure provide specific information relating to teaching activities in each unit. Students also need to study and complete assessment tasks in their own time.

    Participation requirements

    Students enrolled at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus will be required to undertake some of their practical learning experiences at the Queenscliff Marine Research Centre.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    The course includes a compulsory professional practice unit that requires you to undertake at least 80 hours of work experience in a course-related host organisation.  You’ll gain practical experience by completing a two week placement at a course-related host organisation to provide you with opportunities for workplace visits, field trips, industry learning and to establish valuable networks – giving you better insight into your possible career outcomes.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific industry placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

    Elective units may also provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
    Some courses may have additional entry requirements

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC
    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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    Disclaimers:
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin  are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Frequently asked questions

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Career opportunities for graduates include marine ecotourism, marine education (e.g. marine aquaria), park rangers, fisheries and EPA compliance officers, biosecurity officers, aquaculture technicians and management, marine biology consultants, laboratory technicians, museum employment, local government environmental officers, sustainability project officers, employees of local water authorities and catchment management authorities, marine ecotourism guides and GIS analysts.  Further opportunities include working in scientific research institutes and pursuing postgraduate study. The development of broad generic skills by students during the course also make students more broadly employable across the environmental science and management sectors.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Appreciate the structural make up of coastal and marine environments, their physical and chemical characteristics and interaction to recognise how organisms live and exist in dynamic environments.  Articulate the form and functions of organisms and how they manage environmental challenges in highly diverse and dynamic environments.  Assess habitats and organisms and recognise sustainability issues and concerns to manage and conserve animals and plants within marine environments and to evaluate sustainability.

    Communication

    Use appropriate scientific language and formats including written, visual, oral and graphical forms to communicate with a range of audiences, including the general public, environmental managers and scientists.  Generate, analyse and present key information in a professional manner with evidence from local, national, and international contributions and contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Use well developed technical skills and judgement to locate, analyse and synthesise information and responsibly disseminate information using a variety of tools and techniques.

    Critical thinking

    Locate and evaluate scientific information from multiple sources and use scientific methods and frameworks to structure and plan observations, experimentation, fieldwork investigations and to undertake environmental impact and risk assessment.  Use critical and analytical thinking and judgement to analyse, synthesise and generate an integrated knowledge, formulate hypotheses and test them against evidence-based scientific concepts and principles in the context of aquatic environment.

    Problem solving

    Identify possible causes, effects and underlying environmental problems, brainstorm potential solutions, and develop criteria for evaluating those solutions.  Provide specialist advice to solve environmental problems by designing and planning investigations and using scientific tools and techniques to apply systems and management perspectives to formulate future sustainability and conservation solutions to problems.

    Self-management

    Work independently and responsibly with initiative and judgement to function safely and professionally in a manner that assimilates feedback and incorporates refection for future learning and ethical practice.

    Teamwork

    Collaboratively work with others in order to critically analyse, problem solve, develop and manage plans for generating sustainable processes and solutions to manage and conserve the environment.

    Global citizenship

    Adopt and value multidisciplinary knowledge and perspectives for evaluating, integrating and incorporating strategies and solutions in scoping, planning and managing alternative sustainable solutions from local to global environmental problems. Adopt, appreciate and respect scientific morals and ethics, including working with animals.

    Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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