Courses & Units

Antarctic Ecology KSA307


This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the Antarctic marine ecosystem. We will cover a range of subjects including the physical environment and its influence on the major components of the food web. We will also examine the unique adaptations required by organisms to enable them to exist in this most challenging environment. The growing importance of resource management for the Southern Ocean and the past and present exploitation of marine resources will be covered.
The course is coordinated by A/Professor Kerrie Swadling (Rm 109G, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, IMAS Waterfront Building, Ext 6903), and you should see her if you have any questions about the general running of the unit.
We are fortunate in having a range of internationally renowned Antarctic biologists in Hobart, and a key premise of this course is to ensure that you are given the most up-to-date information on each subject as possible. To this end we will draw on this expertise in both the practical and lecture components of the course, and you will have a chance to interact with scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division, the University’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and CSIRO.


Unit name Antarctic Ecology
Unit code KSA307
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Associate Professor Kerrie Swadling
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically evaluate scientific literature and ideas in Antarctic biology.
  • Appreciate contemporary research objectives in Antarctic science.
  • Understand the trophic structure of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.
  • Carry out a range of procedures fundamental to Antarctic science.
  • Develop skills in verbal discussion, debate, and oral presentation appropriate to scientific discourse.
  • Improve and consolidate skills in written scientific communication.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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KSM202 OR KZA211 OR KPZ211 OR KZA212


Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly

3-hr practical weekly

AssessmentFinal Exam (40%)|Major practical report (20%)|Lab Book (10%)|Essay (20%)|Research proposal presentation. (10%)
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