Seventy percent of the planet is covered by ocean. This unit introduces students to Planet Ocean through four modules, covering key topics on marine life and the ecology of temperate and high latitude marine ecosystems (Module 1); the ocean system as interactions between physical, chemical, geological and ecological features (Module 2); the role of the oceans in climate change and how climate change affects ocean life and ocean processes (Module 3); and finishes up by considering the responsibilities of humans in the stewardship of the oceans; how human activity impacts the oceans and the challenges and approaches to ocean stewardship (Module 4). We cover the origins of life in the oceans, iconic and ‘weird’ marine life, ‘a day in the life’ of an oceanographer, and a number of topics highly relevant to modern society including technologies for ocean science, responding to climate change, threatened species, and sustainable management of marine resources including fisheries.
**KSM101 is taught as a 7-week intensive unit with all online content and tutorials available from 5 April 2021**
|Unit name||A Primer of Marine and Antarctic Science|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||11 Week Session Apr||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Hobart||16 Week Session Jul||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|11 Week Session Apr||5/4/2021||23/4/2021||17/5/2021||27/6/2021|
|16 Week Session Jul||28/6/2021||21/7/2021||23/8/2021||17/10/2021|
* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Explain the diversity of marine life, with a focus on temperate/Antarctic ecosystems, and to recognise the values of marine ecosystems and the threats to them.
Summarise the ocean as a driver of the Earth's system and explain some of the scientific tools and methods used to measure characteristics of the ocean.
Identify key stressors on the ocean and assess the evidence for drivers of climate change.
Outline approaches to sustainable management of the ocean to retain its critical values and functioning in the Anthropocene.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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This unit is offered fully online.
ATT1. Test or quiz (20%)
ATT2. Discussion posts (online) (5%)
ATT3. Critique (15%)
ATT4. Essay 1000 Words (30%)
ATT5. Examination (30%)
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