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.
|Unit name||A Primer of Marine and Antarctic Science|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|
|Coordinator||Mr Victor Shelamoff|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Online||5 Week Session Jan A||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Online||11 Week Session Apr||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|5 Week Session Jan A||2/1/2024||9/1/2024||19/1/2024||4/2/2024|
|11 Week Session Apr||8/4/2024||23/4/2024||16/5/2024||23/6/2024|
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
- 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.
- Understand the principals of producing and critically evaluating scientific communication.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
This unit is offered fully online.
|Assessment||Discussion Posts (6%)|Quizzes (10%)|Critque (24%)|Essay (30%)|Final exam (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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