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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 an 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 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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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 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010907 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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(KPA161 or (KSM201 and KSM202)).


Teaching Pattern

26 x 1 h lectures

12 x 4-hr practical sessions

AssessmentGroup oral presentation (5%)|Seaweed Scientific Report (20%)|Microalgal Scientific Report (25%)|Final exam (50%)
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