To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Specialisations).
The Marine Biology (Honours) Specialisation requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The Specialisation is offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
There are no formal prerequisites for the specialisation in Marine Biology, but knowledge of Mathematics and/or Physics to SACE Stage 1 is desirable.
The program of studies aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the biology of marine organisms, their relationships with the physico-chemical marine environment, and their potential responses to changes. It also provides students with the ability to acquire extensive subject knowledge in marine biodiversity, ecology, genetics, conservation, fisheries and related areas. It also aims to to develop a range of transferable skills for research, analysis and communication skills including the capability to:
- understand and apply scientific principles in a marine biology context
- retrieve and present scientific information about marine biology, including communicating effectively with a variety of audiences in written and spoken form
- critically analyse and evaluate information relevant to marine biology and solve problems
- appreciate the multidisciplinary aspect of marine sciences and engage positively with people and ideas beyond their discipline area
- work effectively and productively within teams
- work independently and take responsibility for updating and adapting their knowledge and skills
- appreciate the ethical and societal contexts of marine sciences.
In addition, the Honours year provides students with advanced skills that are required for lanning, funding and carrying out research projects in a specific area. It also aims to develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills including the capacity to:
- understand and apply relevant scientific principles
- retrieve and present information, including communicate effectively with a variety of audiences in written and spoken forms
- critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
- analyse and evaluate data, appreciate the multidisciplinary aspect of the science disciplines and engage positively with people and ideas beyond their own discipline area
- use information technology, work independently and take responsibility for updating and adapting their knowledge and skills
- appreciate the role of science in society, the regulatory framework within which it operates and the ethical issues it raises
This course provides the broad-based foundation that will support ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study in marine sciences or for a career in marine biology or related area where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.
On completion of the course, students will be able to:
- demonstrate familiarity with theories, subject content, professional methodologies, ethical frameworks and research procedures in marine sciences and be able to critically apply them in marine biological studies
- understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge about marine biology and its related disciplines were developed
- analyse and critically evaluating ideas/information/data in marine biology, and apply relevant scientific principles to solve problems by, for example, creating hypotheses, testing theories and predictions, designing and carrying out experiments and analysing reported data
- competently design marine biological studies, employing sampling methods and techniques that work effectively in the field and laboratory, and applying numerical skills for data analysis
- appreciate work practices relating to OH&S and animal ethics in regards to marine biological studies
- demonstrate skill at identifying organisms found in marine and costal environments
- understand the dynamics of marine ecosystems and their potential responses to changes
- apply conservation and management principles for marine conservation and sustainable use of marine resources
- communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form
- appreciate that marine biology is multidisciplinary and has connections to other science and non-science disciplines
- work and learn independently and appreciate the need for continuing professional development
- interact effectively as part of a team in order to achieve common goals.
In addition, graduates of the Honours year are expected to be able to:
- critically analyse the scientific literature and use this as a basis for planning research projects
- understand how scientific research is funded
- formulate hypothesises and design appropriate experiments to test them
- use appropriate methods, techniques, equipment and instrumentation to ethically collect scientific data
- use appropriate statistical methods to analyse scientific data
- communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Marine Biology) specialisation a student must complete 144 units, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study detailed below.
No more than 45 units of First Year level topics may be included in the 144 units for the degree.
Elective topics to complete 144 units may be selected from any offered within the University or, with approval from the College of Science and Engineering, from outside the University, provided any course and prerequisite requirements are met.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Upon completion of at least 103.5 units and with a GPA of 5 or more in the last 36 units of study, students may commence the Fourth Year Honours program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will exit with the Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) on completion of 108 units.
Students who have completed 108 units according to the first three years of the Program may choose to exit with the Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology).
Specialisation - Marine Biology - Year 1 topics
36 units comprising:
Core - Year 1 topics
BIOL1101 Evolution of Biological Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)
BIOL1301 Introduction to Marine Biology (4.5 units)
EASC1102 Marine Sciences (4.5 units)
STEM1001 Nature of STEM (4.5 units)
STAT1122 Biostatistics (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus one of:
CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units)
CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)
CHEM1202 Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4.5 units)
Specialisation - Marine Biology - Year 2 topics
36 units comprising:
Core - Year 2 topics
BIOL2701 Experimental Design and Statistics for Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL2702 Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity (4.5 units)
BIOL2711 Ecology (4.5 units)
BIOL2712 Animal Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL2742 Marine Ecology (4.5 units)
EASC2701 Oceans and Estuaries (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 2 topics
Plus 9 units of elective topics^ from across the University where entry requirements are met.
Specialisation - Marine Biology - Year 3 topics
36 units comprising:
Core - Year 3 topics
BIOL3701 Restoration Ecology (4.5 units)
BIOL3702 Marine and Freshwater Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL3711 Plant Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL3751 Marine Mammals, Birds and Reptiles (4.5 units)
BIOL3752 Fisheries Biology, Science and Management (4.5 units)
BIOL3800 Research Project in Marine Science (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 3 topics
Plus 9 units of elective topics^ from across the University where entry requirements are met#.
#Students are encouraged to enrol in STEM3001 Science Connect (4.5 units) as a third-year elective.
Specialisation - Marine Biology - Year 4 topics
36 units comprising#:
Core - Year 4 topics
BIOL7710 Honours Critical Readings (4.5 units)
BIOL7720 Honours Statistics and Research Design (4.5 units)
STEM7001 Research Methods for Honours (4.5 units)
STEM7000A Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
STEM7000B Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
STEM7000C Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
STEM7000D Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
STEM7000E Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
# With the permission of the Course Coordinator a 7xxx level topic that is appropriate to the student’s program may be substituted.
^Specialisation - Marine Biology - Recommended Electives
While students are able to select elective units from anywhere across the University, these are Recommended Electives.
BIOD1102 Introduction to Biodiversity and Conservation (4.5 units)
BIOL1112 Biology and Society (4.5 units)
BIOL1201 Introduction to Aquaculture (4.5 units)
BIOL1711 Introduction to Animal Behaviour (4.5 units)
BIOL2721 Foundations of Animal Behaviour (4.5 units)
BIOL2731 Aquaculture Nutrition and Water Quality (4.5 units)
BIOL2732 Aquaculture Systems and Technology (4.5 units)
BIOL2761 Virology (4.5 units)
BIOL2771 Biochemistry (4.5 units)
BIOL3712 Integrative Physiology of Animals and Plants (4.5 units)
BIOL3721 Research in Animal Behaviour (4.5 units)
BIOL3722 Conservation and Ecological Genetics (4.5 units)
BIOL3731 Aquaculture Reproduction (4.5 units)
BIOL3732 Aquaculture Health and Product Quality (4.5 units)
ENVS2761 Hydrology (4.5 units)
GEOG3111 Introduction to Managing Coastal and Marine Environments (4.5 units)
STEM1002 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)
STEM3001 Science Connect (4.5 units)
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Marine Biology) may also be studied in a combined degree program with another Bachelor degree in the College of Science and Engineering where the combination meets the requirements of the credit transfer policy.