Courses & Units

A Primer of Marine and Antarctic Science KSM101



KSM101 is taught as a 7-week unit. For the 16 Week April session all online content and tutorials will be available from 5 April 2021. For the Semester 2 offering the content will be available from 12 July 2021, with a final exam in mid-September (date to be advised).


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 unit. For the 16 Week April session all online content and tutorials will be available from 5 April 2021. For the Semester 2 offering the content will be available from 12 July 2021, with a final exam mid-September (date to be advised).**


Unit name A Primer of Marine and Antarctic Science
Unit code KSM101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity

Scott Ling

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart 11 Week Session Apr Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021
11 Week Session Apr 5/4/2021 23/4/2021 17/5/2021 27/6/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes


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
019999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Teaching Pattern

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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