The world’s oceans cover over 70 per cent of the earth’s surface and are vital to the survival of our planet. The study of marine biology helps us better understand our oceans and the complex issues they face. This course is ideal professional development of anyone currently working in the industry, or for students interested in a marine studies career.
The Certificate of Marine Biology is an online program that will introduce you to the range of factors relating to marine studies, including studying a wide variety of marine organisms.
In this professional development course, you will explore marine ecology systems, the function of reefs, and the impact of humans upon marine environments, including via commercial fishing.
You will also study a variety of marine organisms from fish, crustaceans, squid, molluscs, worms, turtles and microscopic animals, to marine mammals like seabirds, dolphins and whales.
On completion of this course, you will have a sound knowledge of marine organisms, which can enhance your current qualifications or prepare you for a fascinating career in marine biology.
Unit 1 - Marine studies I
Marine Ecology Systems
Ecology; Marine Weather (including El Nino, Thermocline, Gulf streams, etc), Continental shelf, Nutrient cycle, Red tide, Plankton, Marine Plants (including Mangroves, Shallow & Deep water algae, etc)
Shallow Waters & Reefs
Coral Reefs, Rocky Shorelines, Estuaries, Introduction to marine arthropods
Shellfish & Crustaceans
Molluscs and Brachiopods. True Crabs, Hermit Crabs, Lobsters, Prawns etc
Squid, Octopus, and Other Primitive Animals
(Cephalopods and Clupeoids, etc)
Fish Part A
(Cartilaginous Fish) Sharks, Eels, Rays; Shark Lifecycle, How dangerous are sharks? Effect of sharks on tourism, etc.
Fish Part B
(Bony Fish) Fish Anatomy/structure (identifying external & internal parts); legalities (protection of wildlife), types of fish, etc
(Dolphins, Whales, etc) Types of marine mammals, protection and politics, position of these animals in the food chain, products derived from marine mammals & substitutes for those products.
Turtles, Sea Snakes and Seabirds
Types of turtles & sea snakes; toxicity of sea snakes; turtle protection, penguins and other sea birds (eg stints, knots, pelicans, swans, gulls, eagles, ibis, egrets, terns, shearwaters, gannets, albatross, prions, oyster-catchers and petrels).
Human Impact on Marine Environments & Fishing
Human impact on marine environments; commercial vs recreational fishing, significance of certain mesopelagic fish, techniques for managing stocks of fish & other marine life.
Unit 2 - Marine studies II
Introduction and Simple Organisms
Classification or Taxonomy
Simple and microscopic organisms
Types of protazoans
Overview of seaweeds
Chlorophyta (Green Algae)
Phaeophyta (Brown Algae)
Rhodophyta (Red algae)
Marine flowering plants: sea grasses, mangroves, salt marsh plants
Cnidarians and Worms:
Worms: flatworms, ribbon worms, round worms
Segmented worms. peanut worms, giant tube worms
Prawns and shrimps
Deep water prawns in the atlantic
The common prawn (Palaemon serratus)
Giant red shrimp
Shallow water prawns
Indian white prawn
Green tiger prawn
Peneaeus notialis and others
Introduction and classification
Mussels and oysters
Green lipped mussels, common mussel, mediterranean mussel, and others
Pacific oyster, European flat oyster, Olympia oyster
Nudibranchs (open gilled sea slugs)
Biology of the octopus
Squid: classification and biology
Oegopsida squid and other squid
Characteristics of Echinoderms
Non Bony Fishes:
Bony Fishes I
Structure and biological characteristics
Bony Fishes II
Families within Oesteichyes
Mesopelagic fish: distribution, life history and ecology
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 200 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.