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Aquatic Botany KSM305



In Aquatic Botany (KSM305) you will be introduced to the biodiversity and phylogeny of marine algal groups including microalgae and macroalgae (seaweeds). The first half of the unit will focus on microalgae – the diatoms, dinoflagellates, cyanobacteria – and will include algal taxonomy, phytoplankton ecology and physiology, harmful algal blooms. The second part of the unit will focus on seaweed ecophysiology, that is how seaweed growth and physiology are regulated by the environment, particularly temperature, desiccation, nutrients and hydrodynamics. Particular reference is made to studies in Australian, Antarctic and Southern Ocean waters. Applied phycological research and implications for environmental monitoring, climate change and aquaculture are emphasised.


Unit name Aquatic Botany
Unit code KSM305
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Professor Catriona Hurd
Teaching staff Doctor Fraser Kennedy|Ms Sarah Ugalde
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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

  • Identify common microscopic algal groups.
  • Understand the role of algae in marine ecosystems, their impacts on aquaculture and human health.
  • Describe the growth and physiological responses of algae to changes in their environment.
  • Design and conduct a laboratory experiment, test for statistical differences between experimental treatments, and understand how to interpret the results obtained.
  • Undertake personal scientific research using library resources.
  • Communicate knowledge using scientific writing and oral presentation skills.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010907 $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

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Admission into a Masters course OR ((KZA211 OR KPZ211) AND (KPA215 OR KZA212)) OR (KSM201 AND KSM202)


Teaching Pattern

26 x 1 h lectures

12 x 4-hr practical sessions

Assessment (50%)|Group oral presentation (5%)|Microalgal Scientific Report (25%)|Seaweed Scientific Report (20%)
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