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A Primer of Marine and Antarctic Science KSM101


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
Unit code KSM101
Credit points 12.5
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
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online 5 Week Session Jan A Off-Campus International Domestic
Online 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 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
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).

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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.
  • Understand the principals of producing and critically evaluating scientific communication.

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
010907 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is offered fully online.

AssessmentDiscussion Posts (6%)|Quizzes (10%)|Critque (24%)|Essay (30%)|Final exam (30%)
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