Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
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)
LevelUndergraduate
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

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) enables students to experience learning about everything marine: from coral reefs to icebergs, estuaries to oceans, the surf zone to the deep abyss.

This course provides students the opportunity to explore the diversity in aquatic systems and expand their knowledge of living and non-living components in marine and coastal ecosystems and catchments.

Students will be able to develop and apply their 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.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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.

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

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

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE161Aquaculture and the Environment

SLE105Human Impacts - Pollution

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

plus one elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE219Marine Invertebrates

SLE265Marine Botany

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SLE263Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

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

Trimester 2

SLE315Comparative Animal Physiology

SLE319Environmental Planning - Catchments to Coast

SLE325Human Impacts - Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment

plus one elective unit

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

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

^ Not available until 2016


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 Deakin Admissions 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

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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