Professor Stephen Swearer
A marine biology major will provide the springboard for students entering careers or research in the following areas: marine ecology, fisheries, commercial aquaculture, marine environmental monitoring and assessment, marine science education and tourism. Graduates will be prepared for these pathways by developing specialised knowledge about marine biological systems, as well as practical experience, which are crucial to being prepared to make contributions in laboratories, or in consulting roles in the marine environmental industry.
This major will integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines from the biological (botany, zoology) to physical sciences (chemistry, geography, oceanography), by enabling students to complete a sequence of specialist subjects in each, as well as integrated subjects in which the students develop an understanding of the application of ecological principles and environmental management strategies to solving current problems in marine biology. Students will gain relevant workplace training by participating in field-based and group-based research projects.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this major, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the marine biological (botany, zoology, ecology) and physical (chemistry, geography, oceanography) sciences
- Critique contemporary marine biological issues within a global and Australian context
- Interpret, evaluate and synthesise the primary marine scientific literature
- Design and conduct experiments in the marine environment
- Apply statistical methods in the analysis and interpretation of data
- Conduct research as part of a team
- Present effectively the outcomes of experimental research through written and oral presentations.
Last updated: 23 February 2023