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This unit introduces students to the science disciplines underpinning the study of marine and Antarctic environments and the application of science to solve problems in marine and Antarctic disciplines. It provides the foundational skills and knowledge for students in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science for specialised study in years 2 and 3.
Topics that are covered include:
• an understanding of Gondwana and geology of Antarctica, sub-Antarctic islands and the surrounding ocean;
• ice and climate studies;
• the physical and chemical nature of the Southern Ocean;
• the terrestrial and marine environment of the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and cool temperate areas, including plants, animals, birds and fish;
• the impact of humans on marine and Antarctic environments, including the study of global climate change.
The students will be benefit from lectures delivered by experts in their field, including guest lecturers, and further develop their understanding through in-class debates and hands-on field work and laboratory practicals.
|Unit name||Introduction to Marine and Antarctic Science B|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|Oceans and Cryosphere|
|Coordinator||Doctor Pier van der Merwe|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.
- Identify oceanographic process influencing spatial and temporal productivity in estuarine, coastal, open ocean and ice-covered environments.
- Explain the effect of southern high-latitude regions on the Earth’s climate, oceans and weather.
- Describe the role of ocean physics, chemistry, biology and geology through their connectivity in the natural system.
- Explain the critical components of food webs in (sub) tropical, temperate, sub-Antarctic and Antarctic marine ecosystems.
- Explain how marine organisms respond to natural and human-mediated environmental change.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
3 hours lectures per week, and 1 hour tutorial per week
|Assessment||Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (40%)|Test or quiz (10%)|Essay (35%)|Field Notes/Report (15%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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