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Hobart, Launceston


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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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Introduction to Marine and Antarctic Science B
Unit code KSA102
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Oceans and Cryosphere

Pier van der Merwe

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



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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.




Teaching Pattern

3 hours lectures per week, and 1 hour tutorial per week

  • Examination 2 hours 40%
  • Test or Quiz 10%
  • Essay assignment 2000 words 35%
  • Field Notes/Report 1200 words 15%
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