Graduate Certificate of Science in Fisheries Biology and Management

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Certificate of Science in Fisheries Biology and Management

Gain specialist expertise in marine ecology and fisheries biology in tropical, shallow marine systems.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
6 months full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Course highlights

James Cook University is a leading education and research centre for biology in the tropics.

  • Internationally-recognised undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in biological sciences
  • dedicated research vessel, and research stations at Orpheus Island and Paluma
  • more tropical courses and subjects than any other institution in the world
  • teaching and research facilities including the Advanced Analytical Centre and the Aquaculture Research Facility.

Course overview

JCU’s programs in tropical marine ecology and fisheries biology are dedicated to the study of tropical, shallow water marine systems. There is an emphasis on whole organism biology, the ecology and biogeography of tropical marine organisms, and the evolutionary mechanisms that underlie their diversity.

Proximity to the Great Barrier Reef provides unparalleled opportunities for investigating ecological and evolutionary questions for reef fish, corals, and other marine organisms.

Students will develop their knowledge and skills in quantitative marine ecology, conservation biology, and the biology, life history and taxonomy of tropical marine organisms. Preliminary coursework subjects consist of semester-long offerings. More advanced subjects are offered by block mode, which are 2-week intensive sessions on campus. The courses are flexible, with a range of electives available. Students devise a study program to meet their professional goals, in consultation with the course coordinator. Programs may include a research component if approved.

For more information regarding this course, please contact Dr Naomi Gardiner.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

GCertSc – Fisheries Biology and Management Major

Major code

GCS-FBM

Credit points

12 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

MB5003:03 Fisheries Science or MB5310:03 Marine Reserves as Fisheries Management Tools or EV5014:03  Managing Tropical Fisheries

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science or MB5300:03 Sampling and Experimental Design or MB5320:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies or SC5055:03  Research Communication Skills in the Natural Sciences

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of specified level 5 subjects

AQ5007:03 Aquatic Animal Ecophysiology

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

BZ5450:03 Ecological and Conservation Genetics

EV5014:03 Managing Tropical Fisheries

EV5210:03 Management of Marine Protected Areas

EV5701:03 Managing Coastal and Marine Environments

MB5003:03 Fisheries Science

MB5055:03 Biological Oceanography

MB5230:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies

MB5260:03 Ecological Dynamics: An Introduction to Modelling

MB5270:03 Wetland and Estuarine Ecosystems

MB5300:03 Sampling and Experimental Design

MB5310:03 Marine Reserves as Fisheries Management Tools

MB5450:03 Molecular Approaches to Marine Ecology and Evolution

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any AQ, BC, BZ, EV, MB, MI, SC, TO or TV level 5 subjects

Administrative Information

Major code

GCS-FBM

SMS Version

1

SMS Effective date

01/01/2015

SMS Full title

GCertSc - Fisheries Biology and Management Major

SMS Short title

Fisheries Biology and Management

SMS Abbreviated title

GCertSc-FishBiolMgtMaj

Handbook title

GCertSc - Fisheries Biology and Management Major

Self-management

Enrol: Yes

Withdraw: Yes

Selections: Yes

Location: Yes

Attendance: Yes

FOE

010907

Permissible awards

This major will be included on the testamur

Administration Details

Owner

2200 Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College

2250 College of Science and Engineering

Contact

dtes.aqs@jcu.edu.au

Availability Information

Course

C/Code

Campus

Notes

Graduate  Certificate of Science

53911

Townsville

 

Document Modification History

Version No.

Approval Date

Modification Type

Effective Date

1-09 – V1

10/2009

Original document

10/2009

1-11 – V2

06/2011

Course Structure

01/2012

1-12 – V3

07/2012

Title, Code, Structure

01/2013

1-13 – V4

01/2013

Remove year from code and title, change code

01/2013

1-15 – V5

CIMS – 09/2015

Sequential amendment – add SC subject code  to option line

01/2016

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Certificate of Science

Course code

53911

Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in science; or

other qualifications or professional/industry-based experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply specialised theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more science disciplines

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Communicate complex scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and high level judgement

  • Explain and apply regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select a specialisation from Table A

TABLE A (SPECIALISATIONS)

Type of specialisation

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

12 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

Internal

Distance Ed (on line)

Fisheries Biology and Management

Townsville

Internal only

Marine Biology and Ecology

Townsville

Internal only

Natural Resource Management

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Protected Area Management

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Sustainability

Cairns

Part-time only

Internal only

Tropical Biology and Conservation

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Tropical Urban and Regional Planning

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Graduate Certificate of Science

Approved abbreviation

GCertSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Science are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Certificate.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.