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.
Marine studies I
Unit 1 – Ecology of marine ecosystems
The marine web of life
Temperature, salinity and density
Ocean systems and currents
El Nino (global effects)
Circulation features of the Pacific Ocean
Coastal environments and upwelling
Unit 2 – Shallow waters and coral reefs
Major natural processes
Factors influencing estuaries
Coral reef composition
Unit 3 – Molluscs (Gastropods and bivalves) and crustaceans
Biology of Abalone
Brachiopods (lamp shells)
Shrimps and prawns (class malacostraca)
Structure of a squid
Unit 4 – Squid, Octopus and Other Primitive Animals (Cephalopods and Clupeoids etc.)
Biology of squids
Biology of octopuses
Biology of cuttlefish
Biology of nautilus
Life cycles and spawning
Unit 5 – Fish (Part A) – Cartilaginous Fish
Sharks and rays (chondrichthyes)
Unit 6 – Fish (Part B) – Bony Fish
Bony fish (osteichthyes)
Intertidal zone fish
Unit 7 – Marine mammals
Mysticeti – the baleen whales
Odontocetes – the toothed whales
Dugong (sea cow)
Unit 8 – Sea Turtles, Sea Snakes & Sea Birds
Unit 9 – Human Impacts on the Marine Environment and Fishing
Human impacts on the marine environment
Fishing – selected aspects
Techniques for managing stocks of marine organisms
Fisheries – stock management
The ‘Cod War’
Stock identity and assessment
Stock management methods
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.
Great course learnt so much.
C. Piho, Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Certificate of Marine Biology | August 2020
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
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Easy to understand course content;
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 100 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.