Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
Course summary for current students
|Year||2018 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)|
If you started your course before 2018, please refer to the plan your study page.
|Campus||Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool|
|Duration||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||053749E|
|Deakin course code||S399|
|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.|
- Course overview
- Indicative student workload
- Career opportunities
- Fees and charges
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Work experience
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.
Indicative student workload
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, field trips, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Career opportunities for graduates include marine ecotourism, marine education (e.g. marine aquaria), park rangers, fisheries 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 GIS analysts. Further opportunities include working in scientific research institutes and pursuing postgraduate study.
In addition to student contribution fees, students should be aware that they may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork.
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 Learning Outcomes
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 of surviving in diverse environments. Assess habitats and organisms and recognise sustainability issues and concerns to manage and conserve animals and plants within marine environments and to evaluate its sustainability.
Use appropriate language and formats including written, visual, oral and graphical forms to communicate with a range of audience. Generate, analyse and present key information in a professional manner with evidence from local, national, and international contributions and contexts.
Use well developed technical skills and judgement to locate, analyse and synthesise information and responsibly disseminate information using a variety of tools and techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017
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 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
- level 3 - at least 6 credit points of which at least 4 must be science course-grouped
Level 1 - Trimester 1
|STP050||Academic Integrity (0 credit points)|
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World|
|SIT191||Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis|
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
|SLE105||Human Impacts - Aquatic Pollution|
|SLE104||The Blue Planet: Water and Life *|
|SLE123||Physics for the Life Sciences|
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements (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
|SLE263||Marine and Coastal Ecosystems|
|SLE262||Aquaculture and the Environment ^|
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|SLE261||Diversity of Fishes|
|SLE223||Water Quality and Ecological Health|
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
|SLE301||Professional Practice #|
|SLE304||Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments|
plus one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|SLE315||Marine Animal Physiology|
|SLE319||Environmental Protection and Planning|
|SLE325||Human Impacts - Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment|
plus one elective unit
# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
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).
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.
Other course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.