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  • Objectives
    The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology and Management) is a course of study designed to provide theoretical and practical expertise in a range of biological, ecological and environmental processes and issues in the freshwater environment. The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology and Management) is designed to enable graduates to contribute in a professional capacity to the study and management of waterways in Australia and overseas. The objectives and general philosophy of the course are to provide knowledge, understanding and skills in the interdisciplinary study of the interactions of freshwater organisms with their living and non-living environments; the influence of biotic, physical and chemical processes on the dynamics of freshwater ecosystems; consideration of the impacts of humans on, and management of, the freshwater environment and its resources. This unique course is delivered in a novel way to ensure that students are provided with an undergraduate experience that is exciting and provides marketable skills. The course includes hands on work, field-based practical experiences, and training in high demand professional skills in a variety of freshwater habitats in western Victoria. Students who do well in their Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology and Management) studies may apply to undertake a fourth (honours) year. Honours courses lead to the postgraduate research degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information 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.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology and Management)
  • Course description
    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. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa will receive a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). The SLE entitles a student to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.

    * 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 2009, 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.
    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
    As a graduate of this course you may find employment in the areas of conservation and environmental analysis; environmental assessment; management of surface waters; wastewater treatment. An increasing number of graduates are actively engaged in research. Positions obtained include research scientist, environmental consultant, aquatic scientist, chemical instrumentation sales and applications, water treatment chemist, limnologist, industrial chemist, fisheries manager and environmental scientist.


    Course rules

    To be awarded a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology and Management) degree, a student must complete 24 credit points including 18-credit-points of core units. There are six elective units available giving students the opportunity to undertake study in another area of interest from the University.

     

    Students should note that they must also comply with the following rules:

        * level 1 - up to 10 credit points
        * levels 2 and 3 - at least 14 credit points over both levels
        * level 3 - at least 6 credit points of which at least 4 must be science course-grouped
        * All students are required to complete at least one wholly online unit.


    Course structure

    Year 1

    Trimester 1

    SQA101 Ecology and the Environment  

    SQB144 Introduction to Marine and Freshwater Biology  

    SQP105 Introduction to Aquatic Pollution  

    SQP106 Essential Skills in Marine and Freshwater Science  

    SBS010 Laboratory Safety Induction Program  *

     

    Trimester 2

    SQA102 The Physical Environment  

    SQB161 Aquaculture and the Environment  

    SQP126 Practical Skills in Marine and Freshwater Science  

    plus one elective unit

    * SBS010 is a compulsory 0-credit point unit.


    Year 2

    Trimester 1

    SQA201 Society and Environment  

    SBS251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

    SQB244 Aquatic Ecology  

    plus one elective unit

     

    Trimester 2

    SQB261 Diversity of Fishes  

    SQP252 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry  

    SQB232 Freshwater Biology  

    SQP211 Waterways Management: Tools and Techniques  

     

    Year 3

    Trimester 1

    SQA301 Professional Practice  

    SQB347 Disturbance and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems  

    SQP302 Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments  

    plus one elective unit

     

    Trimester 2

    SQE315 Environmental Planning and Assessment  

    plus three elective units


    Course expenses
    In addition to student contribution fees, students may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork.


    Admission 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.


    Admission 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.


    Advanced standing - 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 Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    How to apply

    Applications for on and off campus study must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

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