Courses & Units

Marine Bio-telemetry KSA713


This unit covers aspects of acoustic, radio and satellite telemetry along with archival tag technology. Specific examples will be drawn from satellite tracking of marine mammals, fish, sharks and birds in coastal Tasmania and the Southern Ocean. Acoustic telemetry will cover specific examples of continental scale tracking programs including the Australian IMOS National Receiver Network, the Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking program in North America, and the global Ocean Tracking Network.


Unit name Marine Bio-telemetry
Unit code KSA713
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture
Coordinator Doctor Sophie Bestley
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the key technologies available for use in animal telemetry and identify the appropriate tool for a research purpose
  • Implement a range of technical and analytical procedures appropriate to telemetry data
  • Apply a wide range of academic skills (research, analysis, synthesis etc.) fundamental to the study of marine animals
  • Communicate relevant knowledge using a range of techniques, such as scientific writing skills and scientific poster presentation

Fee Information

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Teaching Pattern

KSA713 is block-delivered over a two-week period: 10 days (Mon-Fri) of daily 2-hr lecture & 3-4 hr practical. While all lectures will remain online due to COVID-19 as per UTAS guidelines, the computer-based practical classes will aim to include a mix of online tutorials and face-to-face classes on-campus. All are also available online for remote students.

AssessmentScientific Poster Presentation (30%)|Telemetry Manuscript (70%)
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