Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Offered at Warrnambool

Cloud CampusNo
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075367D
Deakin course codeS394

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture is one of only a few courses to offer a combination of fisheries and aquaculture in one program. The course provides you with comprehensive training in fisheries resource management, aquaculture management, and fisheries biology, with a focus on environmental sustainability, particularly renewable resource exploitation and culture of marine and freshwater species. You will learn about fisheries and aquaculture from a global perspective, including topics such as fish markets, nutrition and farm certification processes, the history of Australian fisheries, fisheries methods and impacts of fishing.

The course also includes studies in marine and freshwater biodiversity, ecology and behaviour, research methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, and environmental chemistry. Fieldtrips and professional practice activities provide you with the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on skills.

The course is focused on developing graduates with strong research and management capabilities with skill sets for a wide variety of work environments. In addition to employment in the fisheries and aquaculture fields, as a graduate you may also find career opportunities in areas such as food and agriculture-based industries, quarantine, wildlife biology, government environmental monitoring, private environmental consulting and museums. Graduating students have the opportunity to undertake further studies in existing honours and PhD programs.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Career opportunities

South East Asia is recognised as the epicentre of a global aquaculture industry in terms of volume and innovation, and represents a valuable regional employment opportunity for graduates. Students will be capable of fulfilling roles within fisheries management organizations such as DPI (Victoria), ABARE, AFMA and regional CMA’s with expertise in freshwater systems. Further, graduates may find employment in wider industries such as food and agriculture, quarantine, wildlife biology, government environmental monitoring, private environmental consulting and museums.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course rules

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

  • 20 core units
  • 4 elective units (which can be taken from any area of the University)
  • 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)
  • No more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • At least 6 level 3 units, of which 4 must be course grouped to the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment units.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE104The Blue Planet: Water and Life

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE150Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

Trimester 2

SLE105Human Impacts - Aquatic Pollution

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE161Unit description is currently unavailable

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

plus one elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE219Marine Invertebrates

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SLE265Marine Botany

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE261Diversity of Fishes

SLE217Aquaculture Nutrition and Seafood Quality ^

SLE223Water Quality and Ecological Health

SLE244Aquatic Ecology

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301Professional Practice #

SLE304Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SLE319Environmental Protection and Planning

SLE343Fisheries Management

SLE329Aquatic Animal Health and Reproduction

SLE315Marine Animal Physiology

*SLE010 and STP010 are 0-credit-point compulsory units

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

^ not available from 2017