University of Technology Sydney

C10228v5 Bachelor of Marine Biology

Award(s): Bachelor of Marine Biology (BMarBiol)
UAC code: 607035 (Autumn session, Spring 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
Pathway course
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
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 Apply: Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of biodiversity, ecosystem function and the evolution of life.
1.2 Analyse: Assess how ecological processes are affected by human activity.
1.3 Synthesise: Design interventions combining the principles of sustainability and conservation to support the protection of the marine environment.
2.1 Apply: Demonstrate the effective application of experimental design and sampling to design appropriate ecological field and laboratory studies to test hypotheses.
2.2 Analyse: Investigate and critically evaluate scientific evidence and literature.
2.3 Synthesise: Discover and hypothesise solutions to new and emerging marine environmental issues.
3.1 Apply: Demonstrate time management, personal organization, teamwork skills, data collection, computing and laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills.
3.2 Analyse: Choose and demonstrate mathematical and statistical approaches to problem solving and decision-making in biology, ecology, and conservation.
3.3 Synthesise: Explain the requirements of compliance with animal ethics, workplace health and safety procedures, and marine environmental impact assessments.
4.1 Apply: Demonstrate the ability to reflect and make effective judgments about one's own work, as professional marine biologists.
4.2 Analyse: Apply technological and scientific skills to investigate ecological issues and use initiative to adapt to novel situations.
4.3 Synthesise: Evaluate evolving concepts in marine biology, seeking current and alternative sources of knowledge and technology to enhance the application of scientific practice and skills in a professional context.
5.1 Apply: Communicate effectively across a range of technologies and modes, matching the mode of communication to the audience.
5.2 Analyse: Examine and articulate the role of marine and environmental science within local, regional and global settings.
5.3 Synthesise: Construct arguments to actively contribute to informing community views on complex issues around environmental science.
6.1 Apply: Recognise and show respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge of the marine environment.
6.2 Analyse: Develop cultural awareness for ethical and respectful practices, and when developing community relations.
6.3 Synthesise: Work respectfully and collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to create respectful consultative spaces including traditional owners and occupants.

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.

Pathway course

Successful completion of the Insearch:

  • Diploma of Engineering with the required WAM of 60 without any failure guarantees entry into this course with 36 credit points of recognition of prior learning
  • Diploma in Science (Life Science) guarantees entry into this course with 48 credit points of recognition of prior learning.

Assumed knowledge

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

Course duration and attendance

Students can complete the course over three years of full-time or six years of part-time study. 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 
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 diagram

Course diagram: C10228

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:

UTS Student Centre
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