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C10228v5 Bachelor of Marine Biology

Award(s): Bachelor of Marine Biology (BMarBiol)
UAC code: 607035 (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 079735G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Notes

For international students, mid-year (July/August) intake may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the faculty.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Marine Biology focuses on how the marine environment works and how it can be better managed. It has a strong practical and field-based focus where students learn important concepts and skills.

This course gives students a thorough understanding of life in marine and aquatic environments, acquisition of skills to study them and the ability to detect and assess detrimental effects on marine environments such as climate change, pollution, remediation and human resource use. Students learn these skills and concepts through a combination of theory, field and laboratory experiences. Field trips undertaken in the later part of this course are particularly valued for the opportunities to practice the theory, knowledge and learn through experiencing the environment firsthand.

Career options

Career options include positions in fisheries, national parks and wildlife, environmental protection, infrastructure, natural resources and planning both in government and industries. Graduates are also employed by local councils as environmental officers, in resource industries and consulting firms as research officers, CSIRO, universities and as teachers at schools.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Understand the basic processes of life and biological characteristics.
1.2 Understand the foundations of scientific theory and practice.
1.3 Describe the major chemical and physical processes in biology.
1.4 Explain the fundamental principles of biodiversity and the evolution of life.
1.5 Distinguish the major groups of organisms.
1.6 Understand key ecological processes and explain how they are affected by human activities
1.7 Understand the physiological functions and behaviour of animals, plants and microorganisms.
1.8 Understand and apply principles of sustainability, conservation and protection of the environment.
1.9 Understand management of human uses of the environment, including bio-monitoring and water quality assessment.
1.10 Use, develop and manage geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing techniques
2.1 Demonstrate the effective application of experimental design and sampling to design appropriate studies to test hypotheses.
2.2 Develop critical thinking skills, including critiquing and interpreting and questioning scientific evidence.
2.3 Investigate human impact on ecosystems how natural and human-made processes affect the natural world, and quantify and evaluate change in ecological systems.
2.4 Understand the potential effects of climate change on the natural environment.
2.5 Determine impacts of anthropogenic pollutants on organisms and impacts of invasive species.
3.1 Participate in data collection in the field and laboratory, and record, manage and communicate the data in a concise form.
3.2 Use a range of statistical software to appropriately test a range of different hypotheses.
3.3 Analyse specimens in a laboratory using biological and chemical techniques.
3.4 Ethical application of mathematical and statistical approaches to problem solving and decision-making.
3.5 Prepare environmental reports
3.6 Understand the requirements of compliance with animal ethics, workplace health and safety procedures, and environmental impact assessments
3.7 Understand the requirements of working in a team
3.8 Use a range of management approaches (such as environmental impact assessment, risk analysis, environmental management systems, life-cycle assessment)
4.1 Develop capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts
4.2 Develop capacity to make effective and balanced judgements about your own and others’ work.
4.3 Use self-direct learning to extend existing knowledge and that of others.
4.4 Evaluate evolving concepts of environmental science, through independently seeking current and alternative sources of knowledge
5.1 Understand the breadth of the discipline, its role in other fields, and the way other fields contribute to the development of biological sciences.
5.2 Understand global, regional and local issues that affect human society as well as the natural world, and develop a holistic perspective on the needs of society.
5.3 Develop cultural and social competency, to work effectively in a variety of situations, and with awareness of Australian Indigenous cultures.
6.1 Develop forms of communication at varying levels of complexity, and communicate information and findings to different audiences (including non-expert and professional).
6.2 Develop oral presentation skills including presenting scientific talks.
6.3 Demonstrate professional scientific writing skills
7.1 Demonstrate initiative and an ability to adapt to new situations.
7.2 Develop your own research project which will provide you with opportunities to use initiative and develop your own set of approaches to explore an environmental topic.
7.3 Understand the necessity to efficiently and efficiently investigate a biological problem, and the initiative to follow this through until resolution
7.4 Volunteer with research and non-profit groups to follow environmental causes and solutions.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics; any two units of English; and any two units of science.

Course duration and attendance

Students can complete the course over three years full time. Full-time attendance involves approximately 24 hours each week on campus. Students may also be able to complete the course part time, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking six years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 144 credit points, made up of 120 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of elective subjects. The elective subjects enable students to increase their expertise in other areas of science or other disciplines in the University. This can be in the form of a specialised 24-credit-point sub-major or by a varied selection of subjects.

Students must satisfactorily complete all core subjects and the required number of credit points of elective/second major subjects for award of the degree.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students studying this course have an opportunity to undertake an internship subject and receive academic credit for their placement off campus (an external business or research institute) or on campus (UTS research institutes or departments), in a capacity relevant to their academic studies.

Course completion requirements

STM91002 Foundation stream (Environmental Sciences) 48cp
STM90739 Core disciplinary subjects (Environmental Biology) 36cp
Select one of the following: 6cp
      91118 Fisheries Resources6cp 
      91167 Introduction to Oceanography6cp 
91126 Coral Reef Ecosystems 6cp
91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change 6cp
91157 Marine Communities 6cp
CBK90577 Sub-major/Electives (Environmental Science) 24cp
91363 Animal Behaviour and Physiology 6cp
91270 Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology 6cp
Total 144cp

Course program

A typical course program is shown below.

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91107 The Biosphere   6cp
33116 Statistical Design and Analysis   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
Spring session
91123 Biocomplexity   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
65621 Environmental Chemistry   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91149 Geological Processes   6cp
91110 Experimental Design and Sampling   6cp
91154 Ecology   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
91363 Animal Behaviour and Physiology   6cp
91270 Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology   6cp
91157 Marine Communities   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91120 GIS and Remote Sensing   6cp
91118 Fisheries Resources   6cp
91121 Aquatic Ecology   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
July session
91126 Coral Reef Ecosystems   6cp
Spring session
91145 Environmental Protection and Management   6cp
91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91123 Biocomplexity   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91107 The Biosphere   6cp
33116 Statistical Design and Analysis   6cp
91154 Ecology   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
Spring session
91363 Animal Behaviour and Physiology   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
91270 Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology   6cp
65621 Environmental Chemistry   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91149 Geological Processes   6cp
91110 Experimental Design and Sampling   6cp
91121 Aquatic Ecology   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
July session
91126 Coral Reef Ecosystems   6cp
Spring session
91145 Environmental Protection and Management   6cp
91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change   6cp
91157 Marine Communities   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
91120 GIS and Remote Sensing   6cp
91118 Fisheries Resources   6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp

Honours

Honours is available as an additional year to meritorious students.

Professional recognition

Australian Marine Science Association

Other information

Further information is available from:

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