Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March ( Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Tel 03 9244 6699
sebe@deakin.edu.au
www.deakin.edu.au/life-environmental-sciences

LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 63.25
CRICOS course code075365F
VTAC Codes1400315481 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S369

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study Zoology and Animal Science at Deakin and you’ll gain a broad understanding of the current field of zoology with an emphasis on the latest research and the development of practical and evidence-based decision-making skills.

The course has a strong focus on Australian fauna and its unique importance in the global environment. Throughout your course you’ll explore the potential effects environmental change may have on the evolution, disease and physiology of animals and how they adapt to a changing environment. The social and economic impact that human activity has on animals and their ecosystems will also be highlighted.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced staff, and combine your on-campus work with off-campus excursions.

As a graduate you may find career opportunities in a range of areas including environmental monitoring and management, wildlife biology, private environmental consulting, government quarantine, museums and zoological research. Successful completion of the course may also lead to opportunities for further study including postgraduate research training both in Australia and overseas.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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 www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

Students with this degree may be employed as research assistants, environmental managers, quarantine officers, pest management officers, collection managers of aquaria and zoological gardens, primary and secondary teachers (with suitable teaching qualifications), museum curators (with suitable postgraduate degrees), research scientists (with suitable postgraduate degrees), university academics (with suitable postgraduate degrees).

Students with this degree may be suited to undertake postgraduate research training either in Australia or overseas. Students with the zoology degree plus suitable postgraduate qualifications may then be employed as research scientists, university academics, museum curators.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Apply a broad and coherent knowledge of chemistry, zoology and their environment to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of scientific concepts and methods in the study of zoology and animal science.
  • Apply technical knowledge and skills and use them in a range of activities, in a professional setting; this application of technical knowledge and skills being characterised by demonstrable in-depth knowledge of scientific methods and tools; and demonstrable proficiency in the utilisation of scientific facts, principles and practices.
  • Demonstrate an integrated knowledge, autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility to investigate, test, analyse, and evaluate scientific data and to argue about characteristics and aspects of scientific theories in the advancement of zoology and animal science.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Use oral, written, graphical and interpersonal communication skills to accommodate, encourage, and answer audience questions in a professional manner.
  • Present details of scientific procedures, key observations, results and conclusions using appropriate scientific language and conventions to share and disseminate information and knowledge in a clear and coherent manner.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Apply well-developed scientific information literacy skills to independently locate, interpret, evaluate the merits of, and synthesise information in a digital world using an advanced working knowledge of relevant bibliographic software applications.
  • Reflect on, create and ethically share knowledge and information to a variety of audiences to demonstrate the ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts.

4.  Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Locate and evaluate scientific information from multiple sources and use scientific methods and frameworks to structure and plan observations, experimentation or fieldwork investigations.
  • 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 field of zoology and animal science.

5.  Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Use initiative and creativity in planning, identifying and using multiple approaches to recognise, clarify, construct and solutions to real world (authentic) problems in zoology and animal science.
  • Advocate scientific methodologies, hypotheses, laws, facts and principles to create solutions to authentic real world problems in zoology and animal science taking into account relevant contextual factors.

6.  Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing professional science contexts to develop autonomy as learners and evaluate own performance.
  • Work autonomously, responsibly, ethically and safely to solve unstructured problems and actively apply knowledge of regulatory frameworks and scientific methodologies to make informed choices.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Work independently and collaboratively as a team to contribute towards achieving team goals and thereby demonstrate interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, managing difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback and work in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.

8.  Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context

  • Apply scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability in collaboration with others to articulate the place and importance of zoology and animal science in the local and global context.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science, 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 24 credit points include 17 core units (these are compulsory) and 7 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).  

 

Course structure

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^ or one elective unit

plus one elective unit

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE123Physics for the Life Sciences

SLE102Physical Geography

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences ^ or one elective unit

^Note: Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to do SLE133 Chemistry in Our World in Trimester 1.  Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to do SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences in Trimester 2.


 

Level 2 - Trimester 1

SLE204Animal Diversity

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SLE263Marine and Coastal Ecosystems ^

plus one elective unit

Level 2 - Trimester 2

SLE205Vertebrate Structure and Function

SLE254Genetics

SLE224Animal Behaviour

plus one elective unit

Level 2 - Trimester 3

SLE355Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology (Tri-3)


 

Level 3 - Trimester 1

SLE397Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour

SLE372Evolutionary Ecology

SLE341Ecological and Conservation Genetics

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

SLE354Disease Ecology and Epidemiology

plus two elective units

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

Electives

Select from the range of elective units offered across many courses, including, in some cases, the option to choose elective units from a completely different field (subject to meeting unit requirements).

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Workload

You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, 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.

Work experience

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific industry placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.