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Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

Bachelors Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

  • Duration

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Location

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    Lismore students complete final-year units in intensive mode at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour. Distance education students attend compulsory residential workshops at Lismore campus and National Marine Science Centre.

  • Placements

    NA

  • Course abbreviation

    BMarSc&Mgt

  • Course code

    3007157

  • Credit points

    288

  • Equivalent units

    24

  • Indicative Fee


Overview

This course develops practical skills in managing a range of tropical and subtropical coastal and marine environments focusing on the Solitary Islands, Cape Byron and Great Barrier Reef marine parks.

First year general science and most second year environmental science and fisheries units are based at Lismore campus. Some second year and most third year units are based at the University’s National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour, situated near the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Units taught at the NMSC are usually run as intensives with a compulsory six-day on-campus period for all students. In these units, students study specialist topics such as ocean change biology, aquaculture, marine pollution and marine ecosystem management.

Other highlights include units in marine mammal conservation and coral reef ecology. The coral reefs unit integrates the skills taught throughout the course and includes an extended residential period on a Great Barrier Reef island.

The National Marine Science Centre is part of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. It provides students, academic and professional researchers practical opportunities in the study of marine science and management.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and application of scientific methods in marine science and management.

Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to marine science and management.

Creativity

Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving.

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability.

Demonstrate well-developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of marine science and management.

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings.

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning.

Critically reflect on practice.

Demonstrate information literacy skills

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in marine science and management contexts.

Collaborate effectively on personal scholarly and professional terms.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and the environment.

Students may elect to undertake an eight-week industry internship during their studies for practical experience to supplement the theory components of the course.

While this course has no majors, it combines marine science with contemporary management concepts. The course includes the units Marine Mammals and Coral Reef on the Edge with a strong focus on conservation and management issues that challenge the marine environment. Additional specialist marine science units include Ocean Change Biology, Pollution of the Marine Environment, Successful Sampling and Marine Systems Science and Management.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 , Session 2 334104 054101
Online Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. During the course, students will have the option to gain a nationally recognised qualification in scientific scuba diving.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Marine Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. at least seven (7) units from Part B, and up to five (5) elective units, which may include units from Part B and C, or other approved units.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for a Bachelor of Marine Science and Management:
    1. has successfully completed eight (8) units from Part A, with no more than four (4) units awarded as Advanced Standing may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor Degree.
    2. has successfully completed all the requirements for the Associate Degree in Environmental Science may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor Degree.

Entry requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

Language requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Marine Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. at least seven (7) units from Part B, and up to five (5) elective units, which may include units from Part B and C, or other approved units.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for a Bachelor of Marine Science and Management:
    1. has successfully completed eight (8) units from Part A, with no more than four (4) units awarded as Advanced Standing may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor Degree.
    2. has successfully completed all the requirements for the Associate Degree in Environmental Science may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor Degree.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Session 1, Year 1
BIO00201 -  Biology Introductory Note 2
BIO10187 -  Global Environmental Issues Introductory Note 2
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
SUR00201 -  Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 2
Session 2, Year 1
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 2
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 -  Chemistry Introductory Note 2
BIO00202 -  Ecology Introductory Note 2
Session 1, Year 2
BIO00232 -  Coastal Marine Ecosystems Intermediate Note 2
Choose 1 unit from Part B Part B Note 2
Choose 2 electives from Part C
Session 2, Year 2
BIO00105 -  Fisheries Biology Advanced Note 2
Choose 1 Part B unit Part B and 2 Electives from Part C Part C
OR Choose 3 Part C Electives Part C
Session 1, Year 3
BIO10120 -  Marine Systems Science and Management Advanced Note 3
BIO10121 -  Successful Sampling Advanced Note 3
Choose 2 units from Part BPart B
Session 2, Year 3
Choose 4 units from Part B Part B

Note 1:

Double-weighted unit

Note 2:

Compulsory Residential for External Students

Note 3:

Offered at the National Marine Science Centre in a 3 week intensive mode, with a compulsory one week residential.

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

BIO00201 Biology Introductory
BIO00202 Ecology Introductory
BIO00105 Fisheries Biology Advanced
BIO00232 Coastal Marine Ecosystems Intermediate
BIO10187 Global Environmental Issues Introductory
GLY00201 Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
ENS00203 Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
MAT00211 Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 Chemistry Introductory
SUR00201 Environmental Mapping Introductory
BIO10120 Marine Systems Science and Management Advanced
BIO10121 Successful Sampling Advanced

Part B

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
BIO10123 Marine Communities as Sentinels of Change Advanced
BIO10124 Ocean Change Biology Advanced
BIO10125 Sustainable Use of the Marine Environment Advanced
BIO10126 Marine Pollution Advanced
BIO10127 Coral Reefs on the Edge Intermediate
BIO10185 Marine Mammals: Biology and Conservation Advanced
CHE00073 Environmental Chemistry Intermediate
ENV10655 Coastlines - Diversity, Dynamics and Risks Intermediate
GLY00232 Coastal Biogeochemistry Intermediate
BIO01209 Aquaculture Management Intermediate
BIO30001 Scientific Diving Advanced

Part C

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
AGR00215 Water and Catchment Management Advanced
BIO00212 Wildlife Conservation Intermediate
BIO00233 Fisheries Management Advanced
BIO00244 Protected Area Management Advanced
BIO01230 Principles of Coastal Resource Management Advanced
ECO00202 Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
BIO01204 Wetland Ecosystems Intermediate
GLY00223 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
ISY01224 Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Intermediate
ENV10656 Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced
SCI00211 Integrated Project Advanced Note 1
EDU01290 Outdoor Education I Introductory
ENV00224 Internship Study Advanced
MNG10724 Coastal and Marine Tourism Intermediate