Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Course summary for current students
2017 course information (course discontinued from 2016)
|Award granted||Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture|
Offered at Warrnambool
|Duration||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||075367D|
|Deakin course code||S394|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SLE104||The Blue Planet: Water and Life|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *|
|SLE105||Human Impacts - Pollution|
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
|SLE161||Aquaculture and the Environment|
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements *|
plus one elective unit
|SLE251||Research Methods and Data Analysis|
plus one elective unit
|SLE261||Diversity of Fishes|
|SLE217||Aquaculture Nutrition and Seafood Quality ^|
|SLE223||Water Quality and Ecological Health|
|SLE301||Professional Practice #|
|SLE304||Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments|
plus two elective units
|SLE319||Environmental Planning - Catchments to Coast|
|SLE329||Aquatic Animal Health and Reproduction|
|SLE315||Comparative 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