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Molecular Marine Ecology KSA714


Unit will run subject to number of enrolments


This unit explores the suite of molecular tools available to biologists and how they can be applied to questions concerning the biology, ecology, diversity, phylogeography and evolution of marine organisms. Topics covered include theory and practice of key molecular tools such as PCR, electrophoresis, DNA fingerprinting and sequencing technology, and population genetics. Laboratory sessions and a class research project provide students with hands-on experience of PCR, and the collection and analysis molecular sequence data. This is a fast moving field and the unit content is be regularly reviewed and updated in light of technological development.


Unit name Molecular Marine Ecology
Unit code KSA714
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Associate Professor Christopher Bolch
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain the structure, synthesis and function DNA, RNA and proteins, and how these molecules are expressed.
  • Critically evaluate molecular approaches applied to problems and questions in aquaculture and marine ecology.
  • Demonstrate basic molecular biology techniques to isolate, characterise, manipulate and analyse DNA/RNA data.
  • Collect, organise, analyse and interpret molecular data using common bioinformatic web-based resources, databases and analysis software.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010909 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Pre-recorded lectures (2h) released weekly from Weeks 1 to 13. as published on the unit MyLO site.
Face-to-Face and online Tutorials ranging for 1 to 2 hours duration online, as published in the Unit outline on the Unit MyLO site.
Practical component comprised of one 3-day (3x 8h sessions) molecular biology laboratory workshop.

AssessmentBackground Learning module (10%)|Molecular Biology Quizzes (20%)|Mid-semester test (20%)|Project Report (50%)
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