Courses & Units

Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems KSM202

Hobart, Launceston



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 the fundamental processes of primary and secondary production, and microbial production and decomposition of organic material, and marine systems including estuaries, rocky and sandy shores, open ocean, coral reefs, and polar regions.  In the practical component of the unit you will be introduced to a variety of local marine species including phytoplankton, zooplankton, seaweed and benthic invertebrates, and have the opportunity to learn methods methods of measuring primary and secondary production.


Unit name Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems
Unit code KSM202
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture

Jeff Wright

Teaching staff

A/Prof Catriona Hurd, Dr Jeff Ross, Dr Kerrie Swadling, Prof. Philip Boyd, Prof. Graham Edgar, Dr. Neville Barrett, Dr. Catriona McLeod, Prof. Mark Hindell

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


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

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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

2x1-hr lectures, 4-hr practical weekly


Reports on practical assignments, and essay (40%), 3-hr exam (60%)

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Marine Ecology: Processes, systems, and impacts.  Kaiser, M.J. et al. (2011).  Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0-19-922702-0


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