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Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems KSM202


In Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems you will be introduced to coastal and open ocean ecosystems from the tropics to the poles, covering water-column and benthic communities including reefs and the deep sea. The unit will cover fundamental concepts of marine and Antarctic ecology, including the importance of early life history stages of marine organisms; physical, other environmental and biological drivers of ecosystem dynamics; interactions between organisms; and the role of disturbances in driving the dynamics of populations, communities and the functioning of ecosystems. In the practical component of the unit you will be introduced to a variety of local marine species, communities and habitats, and have opportunity to develop skills in experimental design and data analysis, focusing on local marine ecosystems.


Unit name Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems
Unit code KSM202
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture
Coordinator Associate Professor Jeffrey Wright
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the processes of marine primary and secondary production, and marine microbial ecology.
  • Identify key groups of marine algae and invertebrates using examples from local habitats.
  • Describe the key physical, chemical and biological components of benthic and pelagic marine ecosystems ranging from the tropics to the poles.
  • Carry out a range of practical procedures fundamental to marine and Antarctic science.
  • Undertake personal scientific research using library resources.
  • Communicate knowledge using scientific writing skills and poster presentation.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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KSA102 OR KZA161


Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, 4-hr practical weekly

AssessmentCompleted Practical Handbook (5%)|Scientific Poster (10%)|Report (15%)|Specialist essay (20%)|Final Exam (50%)
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