Marine Studies A (Introduction) Online Course

Certificate Courses for Adult Learners

Online marine biology course.



Self Paced

Flexible Study Schedule


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The range of topics and the assignment questions provide not only a method to ensuring students review a range of resources but also ensure that a number of aspects in marine biology are engaged with.

W.A. True

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I was so impressed I am going to do another course and maybe more after that!

John Andrews

Marine Biology Graduate

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Is this course for me?

This course is for best for adult learners who:

Need a flexible day/night study schedule

Are planning for a new career in this field or are just interested.

Want a stepping stone before committing expensive and years-long education.

In this course you will learn about the diverse range of marine life on earth.

This course is an excellent introduction for those who wish to work in the field of Marine Science or for those seeking to understand the range of fascinating marine environments and the organisms that inhabit them. You will be introduced to a wide range of factors related to marine studies that includes marine ecology systems, reef formation and function, marine organisms such as fish, cephalopods and marine mammals, marine ecosystems and how human activity impacts all of these.

This course can also be used as a base for marine tourism career-paths and boosts the rewards of advanced recreational activities such as scuba-diving, snorkeling, free-diving, fishing, bird-watching, kayaking, sailing and boating.

Students learn about a range of marine biology topics including marine ecosystems, bony fish, shellfish and crustaceans, marine mammals and more.

Course Aims:

  • Identify characteristics of various marine environments.
  • Discuss the first basic groups of marine animal life.
  • Identify characteristics of various marine environments.
  • Describe the range of molluscs and crustaceans in the marine environment and their lifecycles.
  • Describe the biology and ecological significance of Cephalopods and Clupeoids in the marine environment.
  • Describe a range of cartilaginous fish (sharks, rays) and selected bony fish (eels) that inhabit the ocean.
  • Describe selected species and the diversity of marine fish that exists in the world’s oceans.
  • Describe a range of marine mammals
  • Discuss the presence of marine mammals in the seas and oceans of the world.
  • Describe a range of reptiles and birds that co-habitat with fish in the marine environment.
  • Explain the impact of humans upon marine environments and of selected aspects of commercial fishing.


There are 9 Lessons in this course:

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 Life cycle
  • How dangerous are sharks?
  • Effect of sharks on tourism, etc.

Fish Part B

  • (Bony Fish) Fish Anatomy/structure (identifying external and internal parts)
  • Legalities (protection of wildlife)
  • Types of fish, etc.

Marine Mammals

  • (Dolphins, Whales, etc.)
  • Types of marine mammals
  • Protection and politics
  • Position of these animals in the food chain
  • Products derived from marine mammals and substitutes for those products

Turtles, Sea Snakes and Seabirds

  • Types of turtles and sea snakes
  • Toxicity of sea snakes
  • Turtle protection
  • Penguins and other sea birds (e.g. 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 and other marine life

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

Your Tutor

Peter Palma

B.Sc. Fisheries, MSc (candidate), Aquaculture/Marine Tutor

Aquaculture science and teaching are the two things Peter is most passionate about. He is currently a Master of Science candidate, studying the reproductive biology of groupers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries science with a specialization in aquaculture. His field work experiences include broodstock and hatchery management of marine fish species, and disease monitoring of cultured organisms. Over the years, Peter visited fish farms in Australia, Canada and the Philippines, and learned first-hand how aquaculture operation is being done all over the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Course Summary

  Learn about a wide range of marine life.

  Study different marine environments.

  Bony fish, shellfish and crustaceans, marine mammals.


Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Qualification Certificate
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email