Courses & Units

Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean KSM302



Students participating in this unit are required to pay a levy of $250 per student to cover field costs.

This unit is subject to a quota of 24.


This unit provides a comprehensive account of the biology of birds and mammals that inhabit the Southern Ocean (loosely defined here as waters from Southern Australia to Antarctica), and the role that they play in the marine ecosystem. Topics covered in the unit include taxonomy, physiology, ecology, conservation and management, with an emphasis on integrating these issues within a broader ecological framework. The unit is an intensive 2 week course consisting of 20 hours of lectures and a 5-day field component.


Unit name Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean
Unit code KSM302
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity

Dr Mary-Anne Lea

Teaching staff

Dr Mary-Anne Lea and Prof Mark Hindell.

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (late) 14/11/2016 24/11/2016 6/12/2016 28/12/2016

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2016 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2016 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2016: $1,114.00 2016: $2,005.00 010799

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.




Teaching Pattern

15 days intensive, with 20 lectures and a 5 day field course to Bruny Island in week 2. Several assignments will be due in post-course dates.


Essay (1500 words) 30%; ethics application 20%; major practical report 35%; oral presentation 15%.

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