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 combined with KSA723 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 IMAS
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Centre for Ecology and Biodiversity

Dr Mary-Anne Lea

Teaching staff

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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*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

* 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 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (late) 13/11/2017 23/11/2017 5/12/2017 27/12/2017



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,055.00 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.

The contact dates for this year's course are 16-30 November. Field trip dates are 21-25 November.


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

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