Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusNo
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 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): N/A
Warrnambool: 50.25
CRICOS course code053749E
VTAC Codes1400718041 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S399

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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, 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 environments on the Victorian coast, including the Great Ocean Road. For example, each year students study in the Merri Marine Sanctuary where they can develop their skills in scientific research methods, impact assessment and marine and coastal management. Students will also have the opportunity to work with government and non-government organisations on specific volunteer projects, including Parks Victoria and monitoring of penguins on Middle island, Fishcare and Friends of the Merri.

You will have the opportunity to study tropical marine environments within Australia and gain a broader view of the world by electing to study overseas.

You’ll also have the opportunity to complete a professional practice unit, which involves a placement within a relevant, course-related organisation within either Australia or overseas.

Career opportunities for graduates include employment in marine ecotourism, marine education, fisheries, aquaculture, environmental consultancy, environmental risk assessment, aquariums and museums, and can range from marine education, laboratory technician, environmental consultant, field officer, marine park ranger, local government environmental officer, sustainability project officer, GIS analyst, as well as moving into marine biology research or pursuing postgraduate study.

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

Career opportunities for graduates of this course include marine biology tour guide, fishery officer, marine biology consultant, laboratory technician, local government environmental officer, aquaculture manager, sustainability project officer, as well as moving into research or pursuing postgraduate study.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

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

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate broad and well-developed knowledge of coastal and marine environments and biology, the nature, characteristics and properties, to describe various forms of organisms, how they live and how their habitats work, and to discuss the role of science and the environment in relation to impact of human activity on environmental sustainability.
  • Consistently and autonomously select and apply technical knowledge and skills to determine acceptable scientific methods of inquiry for observation, experimentation and inference of scientific data to explain how organisms manage environmental challenges in diverse environments.
  • Integrate and apply evidence-based knowledge, within diverse contexts, collect and analyse scientific and environmental data, to evaluate and investigate sustainability issues, and to interpret and present logical arguments and results taking into account multiple perspectives including ethical, social and political factors in order to manage and conserve marine environments.

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

  • 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.
  • Consistently use professional language and well-developed interpersonal skills to elaborate on and explain the meaning and implication of scientific results, information, or arguments to specialist and non-specialist audience
  • Adopt different genres and modes of communication including formal and informal modes to document details of key procedures, observations and information, and to engage and inform peers, experts and laypersons about the nature of science and the environment, its implications and impacts and the controversies surrounding scientific inquiry.

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

  • Use well developed technical skills and judgement to locate, analyse and synthesise information and responsibly disseminate information using a variety of tools and techniques.
  • Use web-based resources, digital tools and technologies to find, use, evaluate, analyse, synthesise and disseminate evidence based scientific and environmental information, data and results.

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, 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.
  • Collect, record and evaluate scientific environmental information and data from a variety of sources, systematically and methodically discriminate between assertion or personal opinion, and structure, plan and manage investigations to assess risk and environmental impact using information substantiated by robust evidence.
  • Reveal insightful patterns, differences or similarities by interpreting and evaluating complex view points by asking rigorous questions to formulate hypotheses and test them against scientific facts, laws, principles and evidence.

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

  • 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.
  • Propose one or more creative solutions that indicate a deep comprehension of the problem, ability to logically reason, reflect on possibilities and judge the pros and cons of various solutions within a given context and thereby formulate potential solutions.
  • Provide detailed and insightful scientific explanation and guidance to implement solutions in a manner that addresses multiple contextual factors and facets of the problem, and future environmental sustainability and conservation of the marine system.

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

  • 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.
  • Consistently consider the scientific context, background information, ethical consideration and intellectual property issues to demonstrate a framework of accountability, honesty and responsibility for own scientific learning.
  • Practice safety policies, compliance procedures and follow regulations when investigating, experimenting or conducting fieldwork and present data and evidence collected with accuracy and rigour in a timely manner, while acknowledging the contributions made by others.

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

  • 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.
  • Respect opinions, value contribution made by others, proactively assist, lead, contribute to ideas when working collaboratively as a team to critically analyse, problem solve, develop plans in a manner that resolves conflicts and germinates ideas for generating sustainable processes and solutions that manage and conserve the environment.

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

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate ethical, professional, social and cultural awareness and apply a framework of accountability, honesty and responsibility that indicates professionalism, objectivity and an unbiased position when working with others, including members of the society to scope, plan and manage local through to global environmental problems.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

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 24 credit points include 21 core units (these are compulsory) and 3 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

Course structure

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

SIT191Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE105Human Impacts - Pollution

SLE104The Blue Planet: Water and Life

SLE123Physics for the Life Sciences

STP010Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)


 

Level 2 - Trimester 1

SLE219Marine Invertebrates

SLE265Marine Botany

SLE263Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

SLE262Aquaculture and the Environment

Level 2 - Trimester 2

SLE261Diversity of Fishes

SLE223Water Quality and Ecological Health

SLE244Aquatic Ecology

plus one elective unit


 

Level 3 - Trimester 1

SLE301Professional Practice #

SLE348Freshwater Biology

SLE304Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

SLE315Comparative Animal Physiology

SLE319Environmental Planning - Catchments to Coast

SLE325Human Impacts - Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment

plus one elective unit

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

Electives

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).

 


Course expenses

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.

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.

How to apply

Check our Trimester 3 site to see if this course is having a Trimester 3 intake.

Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Workload

Work experience

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/students/wil.