Courses & Units

Marine and Antarctic Science Honours (Part 3 of 4) KSM403

Launceston, Hobart


The Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science with Honours provides students with advanced knowledge and scientific training in a specialised area of marine and / or Antarctic science; training in research as preparation for employment in a research organisation or for postgraduate study in Masters or PhD programs; and equips students with knowledge, skills, competencies and awareness in preparation for employment in industry.

Students will develop an understanding of scientific approaches to problem solving and advanced skills in data collection, analysis and interpretation, data/information synthesis, and written and oral communication.

Enrolment consists of four 25% units as follows: KSM401, KSM402, KSM403 and KSM404.


Unit name Marine and Antarctic Science Honours (Part 3 of 4)
Unit code KSM403
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture|Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Professor Andrew Bowie
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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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
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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

  • Locate, evaluate and synthesize published information within a prescribed field of knowledge
  • Understand and identify core concepts and key issues within the marine or Antarctic environment
  • Gain experience of literature research methods and tools, data collection and analysis, and relevant field and/or laboratory techniques
  • Possess sufficient research and/or technical skills to allow them to complete an in-depth research study in a specialized area related to the marine and/or Antarctic environments
  • Communicate research concepts and findings in a logical manner, in a variety of written and oral forms commonly used by professionals
  • Be capable of writing a research proposal or scientific (natural or social) report/paper to a standard acceptable to a funding body and a peer-reviewed journal
  • Be able to deliver a presentation to a standard required for a meeting of an Australian professional society
  • Have the capacity to develop a coherent argument and defend a position or outcome supported by evidence based on published literature and/or research data
  • Have the ability to plan and conduct a program of research investigating a defined problem or question within constraints imposed by time, money and technical resources
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010907 $2,005.00 $2,005.00 not applicable $4,708.00
  • 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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Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science with Honours will have qualified for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science or to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment) at this University or have obtained an equivalent qualification at another approved tertiary institution. Candidates would normally be expected to obtain at least a credit average in the last three semesters (FT equivalent) of undergraduate studies. Candidature is subject to appropriate supervision and project support being available for the thesis topic approved by IMAS and subject to satisfying the prerequisites required for the chosen field of study.


Teaching Pattern

Students will first complete a literature review, prepare a research plan and proposal, and present an introductory seminar, then conduct an independent research program over a period of about 8 months. Finally, students will present a seminar and produce a research thesis.

AssessmentResearch Proposal (Seminar) (5%)|Research Seminar (10%)|Research Proposal (Written) (10%)|Research Thesis (70%)|Supervisor Assessment (5%)
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