Courses & Units

Introduction to Marine and Antarctic Science B KSA102

Hobart based students are encouraged to enrol internally (face-to-face).


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
Unit code KSA102
Credit points 12.5
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 an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern
  • 3 hours of lectorials per week
  • 1 hour tutorial per week
  • 1 hour of tutorial preparation, including a quiz, per week.
  • Students are expected to attend all live tutorial sessions (in-person or online). 
AssessmentTutorial and Workshop (10%)|Weekly quizzes (10%)|Minor assignment - essay (15%)|Major assignment - essay (25%)|Final Exam (40%)
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