Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Course summary for current students


2016 course information (course discontinued from 2016)

Award granted Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture

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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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)