Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)|
|Campus||Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Tuition fee rate||Available fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees|
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
|CRICOS course code||053749E|
|VTAC Codes||1400318041 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400718041 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||S399|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Work experience
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 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)
1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context
Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016
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).
Level 1 - Trimester 1
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World|
|SIT191||Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis|
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)|
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
|SLE105||Human Impacts - Pollution|
|SLE104||The Blue Planet: Water and Life|
|SLE123||Physics for the Life Sciences|
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)|
Level 2 - Trimester 1
|SLE263||Marine and Coastal Ecosystems|
|SLE262||Aquaculture and the Environment|
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|SLE261||Diversity of Fishes|
|SLE223||Water Quality and Ecological Health|
plus one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|SLE301||Professional Practice #|
|SLE304||Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments|
plus one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|SLE315||Comparative Animal Physiology|
|SLE319||Environmental Planning - Catchments to Coast|
|SLE325||Human Impacts - Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment|
plus one elective unit
# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
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).
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 and how to apply for credit.
How to apply
Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016
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.
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/wil.