Courses & Units

Introduction to Oceanography KSA205


The purpose of the unit is to provide students with an introduction to the ocean, its environments and how they function, including:
1.Geological aspects of ocean basins, the seafloor and marine sediments
2. Physical processes, including ocean circulation and mixing
3. Chemical processes such as elemental cycles
4. Biological processes including ocean productivity and pelagic ecosystems
5. Ocean ecosystems and their susceptibility to change, and
6. The role of the ocean in climate and global climate change.


Unit name Introduction to Oceanography
Unit code KSA205
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Professor Zanna Chase
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key concepts in geological and physical oceanography
  • Explain key concepts in chemical and biological oceanography
  • Outline how the geological, physical, biological and chemical aspects of the ocean interact, and how the ocean interacts with climate
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge to solve problems
  • Analyse, interpret, and report results based on oceanographic data
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010713 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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KSA102 OR 37.5 credit points of KSA, KSM, KRA, KEA, KMA or KYA units


Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 9 lab or tutorial classes

AssessmentScience translation (15%)|Mid-term exam (20%)|Laboratory (30%)|Final exam (35%)
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