Courses & Units

Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean KSM302



Students participating in this unit are required to pay a levy of $300 per student to cover field costs.

This unit combined with KSA723 is subject to a quota of 24 places and is not available for non-award or cross-institutional enrolment.


This unit provides a comprehensive account of the biology of birds and mammals that inhabit the Southern Ocean (loosely defined here as waters from Southern Australia to Antarctica), and the role that they play in the marine ecosystem. Topics covered in the unit include taxonomy, physiology, ecology, conservation and management, with an emphasis on integrating these issues within a broader ecological framework.


Unit name Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean
Unit code KSM302
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Professor Mary-Anne Lea
Teaching staff Professor Mark Hindell
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (late) 7/11/2022 17/11/2022 1/12/2022 25/12/2022

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically evaluate scientific literature and ideas relating to conservation and management of birds and mammals in the Southern Ocean
  • Understand trophic structure of the Southern Ocean ecosystem
  • Appreciate contemporary research objectives in Southern Ocean science
  • Develop skills in verbal discussion, debate, and oral presentation appropriate to scientific discourse
  • Improve and consolidate skills in written and oral scientific communication
  • Learn field skills in animal identification, behavioural observation and census techniques
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010915 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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Teaching Pattern

A two-week intensive, including 20 lectures, field trips and research project. Several assignments will be due in post-course dates.


AssessmentLecture quiz (20%)|Oral presentation (15%)|Field identification of Southern Ocean birds and marine mammals (15%)|Critical paper review and research proposal (15%)|Research project report (35%)
TimetableView 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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