This unit (XAS101) is for UTAS College Program students only.
Do you want to be a marine biologist?
Your journey starts here. This predominantly field-based unit is designed to engage, challenge, excite and inspire you through an experiential and hands-on marine science program.
Not only will you get a real taste of marine biology, you will get one unit credit towards your University of Tasmania degree for the following year and the unit is HECS free.
Scholarships for 2016 are now closed.
This unit will introduce you to concepts of ecological theory and practice allowing you to apply marine biology theories, techniques and sampling methods during a practical field investigation of species diversity within temperate intertidal communities. Emphasis will be placed on extending your understanding of practical techniques used in studying marine biology with the aim of enhancing your ability to design, collect and interpret biological data. It will encourage you to explore issues threatening biodiversity as well as the productivity of the marine system. Climate change, invasive species, pollution, debris and their associated social and economic impacts will be covered.
You will need access to a computer with reliable internet access in order to complete all required online components of the course.
You will also need a moderate level of personal fitness for the 5-day field trip to Maria Island where you will be accommodated in basic cabins or camping grounds (subject to availability and student numbers).
Field Excursion Fee:
This unit is covered by a HECS scholarship. However, there is a field excursion fee of $645 per student to cover transport from Hobart, all meals, accommodation, field sampling and diving equipment and support staff. Field excursion logistics are managed and run by the conservation group WildMob
If you are under 18 years of age, you will require permission from a parent for admission and enrolment into this unit.
Kick start your university study
As a full unit offering within the University College Program, students who successfully complete this unit will gain 12.5 credit points in a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Studies or Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment). That means when you start at the University of Tasmania you will have already complete one full unit.
Plus, if you are a Tasmanian student, this unit can also contribute to your TE/ATAR score.
To apply, download the University College Program application form, fill it in and return via email to Dr Scott Ling. You will then be required to complete a hard copy HECS Commonwealth Assistance Form, which will be posted to you.
You will be required to pay a deposit to excursion logistics company Wild Mob by Friday 24 March 2016, with the full amount paid prior to the course commencing.
For more information on the University College Program see the webpage.
Semester 1, 2016 (Field trip 10 – 14 April; workshop and final student presentation on 15 April at IMAS Salamanca, Hobart). Enrolments close on Friday 24 March 2016.
Enrolments close 2 weeks prior to the field excursion and there is a unit quota of 24 students.
|Unit name||A Practical Introduction to Temperate Marine Biology|
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|
Dr Mary-Anne Lea
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified. Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*: the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.
*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.
|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* 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.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2017: $1,131.00||2017: $2,055.00||019999|
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.
This intensive unit is offered to year 11 and 12 students who have who are concurrently enrolled in at least one of the following college courses: Life Sciences 2, Environmental Science and Society or Biology 3.
7 weeks (6 weeks online lecture content, intensive 5-day field trip to Maria Island Tasmania, plus 1 day workshop and presentations at IMAS Waterfront Building, Salamanca)
Field aptitude and quizzes (40%); Field Journal (20%); Group Presentation (20%) Essay (20%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Australian Marine Life. GJ Edgar
Australian Marine Habitats in Temperate Waters. GJ Edgar
(materials relevant to course will be provided).
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