Courses & Units

Marine and Antarctic Environments KSA726


The unit provides an overview and instruction in a broad range of topics related to the marine and Antarctic environments. In IMAS, study and research are both discipline-based and multi-disciplinary—the latter reflecting the true nature of collaboration and cooperation in the marine and Antarctic contexts. The structure of KSA418/KSA726 will help the student develop understanding in a range of marine and Antarctic disciplines, in addition to honing their skills in oral and written communication, team performance, and personal time management. This unit is recommended for students who do not have a strong background or extensive knowledge of these environments. However, some Honours or Masters students enrolled in KSA418/KSA726 will have already completed a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science, or at least some units within that degree. The material in this unit, while sometimes similar, extends and advances the undergraduate material some students might already be familiar with. Other students will have little knowledge of either marine or Antarctic studies, but this is not a disadvantage as all lectures in this unit are broad overviews of general topics. The unit can help lead to career opportunities in scientific disciplines such as oceanography, glaciology, climate modelling, meteorology, ice core chemistry, marine biology or terrestrial ecology, and social science disciplines such as policy, law, international relations or environmental management. Many graduates will continue with IMAS, studying a research higher degree (Masters or PhD).


Unit name Marine and Antarctic Environments
Unit code KSA726
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Doctor Valeriya Komyakova
Delivered By
Level Postgraduate


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 conflicting information about marine and Antarctic environments to produce plausible analyses of the associated issues
  • Develop a range of scientifically informed practical and policy-based solutions that address relevant issues in the marine and Antarctic environments
  • Plan, design and conduct a workshop event that allow feedback from relevant experts and stakeholders on proposed solutions to address marine and Antarctic environmental issues
  • Communicate complex concepts about marine and Antarctic environments using a range of techniques

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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Teaching Pattern

Weekly 2-3h lectures and 1-2h tutorials.

AssessmentLearning Reflection and Workshop summary (25%)|Background and Options essay (20%)|Peer-review of the Background and Options Report (10%)|Tutorial-based reflective summaries (20%)|Stakeholder engagement project (25%)
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