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Marine Studies

Course description

The study of Marine and Aquaculture Technology develops the capacity of students to design, produce, evaluate, use and sustainably manage marine and water-related environments.

Students study a core and option modules. There are 48 option modules organised into seven focus areas covering broad aspects of marine and aquaculture technology.

  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Leisure
  • Aquaculture
  • Employment
  • Management
  • General Interest.

The Marine and Aquaculture Technology Years 7–10 course includes Life Skills outcomes and content for students with disability.

What students learn

Students learn about marine and aquatic environments, water safety, general first aid and the maintenance of equipment. The economic sustainability of aquaculture and marine environments are explored, together with the preservation of wild seafood stocks. Students learn about the ethical and sustainable use, management and protection of the marine environment and a range of industries and organisations that use, manage and regulate the marine environment.

The major focus of the syllabus is on practical experiences. Students learn about Work Health and Safety issues, apply principles of water safety and first aid in marine situations. They learn to responsibly select, use and maintain materials and equipment, and use appropriate techniques in the context of the selected modules. Students learn to research, experiment and communicate in relation to marine and aquaculture activities. Other learning experiences in the course are dependent on the option modules studied.

Course requirements

To satisfy the requirements of the syllabus, students must undertake a range of practical experiences that occupy the majority of course time. Practical experiences allow students to develop skills and confidence in the use of a range of equipment.

Students with disability may require adjustments and/or additional support in order to engage in practical experiences.

Marine and Aquaculture Technology Years 7–10 may be studied as a 100-hour course or as a 200-hour course in Stage 4/5.

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