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Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
CampusOffered at Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$8,752 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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/sebe/les

LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Warrnambool: 50.50
CRICOS course code053749E
VTAC Codes1400718041 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S399

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) will provide you with a unique opportunity to study temperate marine biology, in a marine environment that has some of the highest biological diversity in Australia.

You will undertake fieldwork in natural marine environments on the Victorian coast throughout your course, providing you with an exciting and hands-on program of study.

You can also experience the environment first hand through state-of-the-art, remotely operated underwater vehicles which beam images back to the boat as they are being generated on the sea floor. These images are to bring the marine environment to life, giving you the opportunity to participate in activities like identifying marine plants and animals as the underwater vehicle runs across a reef or along the seabed. The course has a strong ecological focus, linking biological and oceanographic processes in the study of marine environments.

The combination of knowledge and skills gained from this course will give you the capacity as a graduate to contribute significantly to the management of the marine environment in Australia and overseas.

 

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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.

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Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

 

  • 20 core units
  • 4 elective units
  • 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

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE104 The Blue Planet: Water and Life  

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE150 Environmental Chemistry  

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  *

 

Trimester 2

SLE144 Aquatic Life  

SLE161 Aquaculture and the Environment  

SLE105 Aquatic Pollution  

STP010 Introduction to Work Placements  *

plus one elective unit

 

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE244 Aquatic Ecology  

SLE255 Functional Marine Biology  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

SLE263 Marine and Coastal Ecosystems  

 

Trimester 2

SLE261 Diversity of Fishes  

SLE223 Water Quality and Ecological Health  

SLE232 Freshwater Biology  

plus one elective unit

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301 Professional Practice  #

SLE337 Marine Biodiversity  

SLE304 Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments  

SLE325 Human Impacts On Aquatic Ecosystems  

 

Trimester 2

SLE315 Comparative Animal Physiology  

SLE319 Environmental Planning - Catchments to Coast  

plus two elective units

 

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

 

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

 

 

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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.

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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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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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.

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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.

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How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

 

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be 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.

 

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