Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Course summary for current students

Year

2016 course information (course discontinued from 2016)

Award granted Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Campus

Offered at Warrnambool

Cloud (online)No
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

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicable$31,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

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

SLE150Environmental Chemistry

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

Trimester 2

SLE105Human Impacts - Pollution

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE161Aquaculture and the Environment

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 Planning - Catchments to Coast

SLE343Fisheries Management

SLE329Aquatic Animal Health and Reproduction

SLE315Comparative Animal Physiology

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


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